So much happened yesterday all those years ago. Some very sad things. It is so hard to believe what those people did to Jesus. How wonderful Jesus did that for us. The religious leaders never tricked Him. At any moment, Jesus could have called on thousands of angels and they would have gotten Him out of all of what He went through. He did what He did, because He obeyed His Father, God. He knew He was the Messiah, and only He could make everything the Old Testament Scriptures said come true. He did what He did because He loves us. And what Jesus does today and tomorrow is very, VERY good news for us. The religious leaders thought it was over and that they had won. WRONG!!!!!!!!!
They remembered that Jesus said He would come back to life in three days. And, they were afraid that the disciples would steal His body out of the tomb. So, the priests and Pharisees went back to Pilate to try to get Him to do one more thing. They asked Governor Pilate to seal the tomb so that the disciples could not steal the body and then tell everyone Jesus had raised up out of His grave. Pilate agreed to do this. The guards, priests, and Pharisees went into the tomb to make sure Jesus was there. His body was still lying there. They then put a large stone in front of the tomb and sealed it very tight. Pilate also put Roman guards there to guard the tomb for at least three days.
Boy did these people miss it!! Jesus’ body was there, but HE was not. His Spirit had gone to the center of the earth. He went down to Hades, or what we call, Hell. He looked straight at the devil, who was the one behind all of the evil that happened this week, and took the keys of death and Hell away from Him! Hallelujah!!! The devil had been running over people and hurting them, stealing things from them, and killing them since he got Adam and Eve to sin against God in the, Garden of Eden. God never wanted people to live in such a sad and hopeless way. And now, Jesus was putting everything back in order. With His blood, Jesus bought us back so we could be reconciled with God. Jesus was beating the devil at his own game. The devil always seeks to steal, destroy and kill anything or anyone he can. He will lie and do anything he can to pull people away from God and render them hopeless and powerless. Jesus just fixed all of that for us! How wonderful!! Jesus was out of His body and in Hell taking ALL power away from the devil. Jesus was now the winner and the King over all, once and for all. Just wait until you see what happens tomorrow!
Today Jesus delivers us once and for all. He takes the keys back from the devil that have locked people up for 4,000 years.
Thank You Jesus for taking on my griefs, my sicknesses, weaknesses and distresses and the pain of my punishment. Thank You for being pierced and bleeding for my transgressions, sin and rebellion, and bruised for my guilt from that sin. Thank You for the torment of my chastisement that You took on in my place so I could have the peace that goes beyond understanding. Thank You Jesus for taking that horrible whipping that broke Your flesh so that my flesh could be whole; because by your stripes I was be healed. And then after that, You go to Hell to take the keys of dominion and blessing God gave us in the beginning away from Satan that he has held since the day Adam and Eve handed them over in exchange for a bite of fruit. I am having a hard time here not breaking out in full praise, but tomorrow ..... oh Jesus tomorrow!!!!!!!!! Thank you! \o/