If Jesus were to come today, would you be ready?
Jesus Christ rose from the dead just as He said. The best news the world has ever received came out of a cemetery. He lives! Jesus is alive and sitting at the right hand of the Father, interceding on behalf of you and me!
Very close to Jesus’ tomb is Golgotha, the site of His crucifixion. It’s a very small, unassuming hill where the world was forever changed, where eternity was made available to all mankind. But like any gift, you must accept it in order for it to be a blessing to you. Jesus is offering all of us eternal life, but you have to believe and receive Jesus Christ as your Savior to experience the joy of His gift…Eternity with Him.
Just days before His crucifixion, Jesus of Nazareth was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus knelt in the garden to pray, but His disciples fell fast asleep.
He then went to His sleeping disciples and said, “Could you not watch with Me one hour? (Matthew 26:40)” It was true that His disciples were sleeping during history’s most significant hour. And for many believers, it’s still true today. The church is sleeping in America’s most dangerous hour, in an hour of great uncertainty around the world.
Let’s go back to the garden…Suddenly, through the olive trees, the flaming torches of 500 Roman soldiers can be seen. They are coming into the garden, surrounding Jesus. These men are trained killers who are heavily armed. Then something interesting happened.
The lead Centurion said, “We seek Jesus of Nazareth.” And Jesus replied, “I am He.” At this declaration, they fell to the ground like dead men (John 18:1-11) Why did this happen? This event was significant because it shows that Jesus freely and willingly gave Himself up as a sacrifice for the sins of the world.
In John 10:8, Jesus said, “No man takes my life. I give it willingly.” Jesus was, and always is, in control with great power and might.
He was then taken to Herod. He was whipped and spit upon. He was mocked, and a crown of thorns was thrust upon His head. “Hail king of the Jews” was chanted by the soldiers as they walked Him down the Via Dolorosa all the way to Golgotha (Mark 15:17-19).
Take just a few moment to picture this on your mind. Close your eyes and imagine the scene as the nails are being pounded through His feet and hands. Blood is flowing from His back and His brow.
HE WAS NAILED TO THAT CROSS
DROPS OF CRIMSON BLOOD FELL FROM HIS BROW
IN AGONY, HE CRIED OUT… “IT IS FINISHED.”
What is finished? Death, hell and the grave is finished. This was the day that the promise of redemption became a reality. This was the day that forgiveness and mercy came with eternal life.
His followers took the body down from the Cross, wrapped it in burial clothes, and laid Him to rest in the borrowed tomb. For three days Jesus laid in that tomb, dead to the gloating world around Him. It looked like hell had won the war.
Than came the third day…the dawn of hope. The angels came and rolled the stone away. There was a blinding flash of light, and the earth began to quake. And on this third day, out of the darkness of this borrowed tomb walked our resurrected Lord, Jesus Christ, the light of the world. At that moment the Lamb of God, that once was our sacrifice, became the Lion of Judah!
The Easter message is one of absolute redemption for every man, woman, boy and girl. It is a message of total victory! The Cross could not contain Him. The grave could not conquer Him. Satan could not defeat Him. Jesus is the triumphant King of kings and Lord of lords…victorious over death, hell and the grave. And that is worth celebrating.