During the time leading up to Christ’s death on the cross, His human side showed up big time. He felt the weight of the burden He had come to bear. How would you like to know the exact day you were going to die and the barbaric way it was going to occur? “My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death,” He told His disciples (Matthew 26:38).
We often talk about the deity of Christ. It’s what makes Him one with God. It’s what separates Him from every other person that has been born of a woman. But during His sufferings leading to His death, Jesus ministered as a human servant. Emotionally, the assignment was overwhelming. He prayed three times requesting that the bitter cup He was about to drink would pass from Him, if it were possible.
Though omniscient, prior to the cross, Jesus did not know death first hand. He did not know what it was to be separated from His Father. He had live every day, abiding in the Father’s love. But now the One who knew no sin would become a sin offering for us. As such, He became separated from the Father. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” He cried on the cross (Matthew 27:46).
How could the Lord endure this ordeal? Where could He find an anchor for His soul amidst the utter darkness of those hours leading to His death on the cross? It was but in the arms of the Father that He could find such a place: “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit” (Luke 23:46).
Because Jesus trusted the Father with His life, He could see beyond the agony of the cross. “After I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee,” He said to His disciples (Matthew 26:32). In the arms of God, His life was in good hands. Jesus is our example. Like Him, we must entrust our lives into the hands of the Father. In the appointed time, He will raise us from the grave.
So it was on that first Easter (or Resurrection Day, or whatever). When Jesus died, He laid in the grave the appointed time. He trusted the Father with His life. On that historic and victorious day, God raised Jesus from the dead. Our hope is in the power of that same resurrection. Our life is in the loving care of the same God. Because Jesus lives forever, we too shall live forever. Then will be fulfilled the saying, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” (1 Cor. 15:55).
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