Daily Delight

Saturday, April 4, 2015

"Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit. So he went and preached to the spirits in prison— those who disobeyed God long ago when God waited patiently while Noah was building his boat. Only eight people were saved from drowning in that terrible flood. And that water is a picture of baptism, which now saves you, not by removing dirt from your body, but as a response to God from a clean conscience. It is effective because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Now Christ has gone to heaven. He is seated in the place of honor next to God, and all the angels and authorities and powers accept his authority." -1 Peter 3:18-22

On this day, 2,000+ years ago, the Passover had been observed last evening, and now dawn broke on the Sabbath. 


After sundown on Friday—the day of Preparation—the chief priests and Pharisees visited Pontius Pilate. This visit was on the Sabbath, since the Jews reckoned a day as starting at sundown. They asked Pilate for a guard for Jesus’ tomb. They remembered Jesus saying that He would rise again in three days (John 2:19-21) and wanted to do everything they could to prevent that. After His crucifixion, Jesus was laid in a nearby tomb, and His body remained there the entirety of Holy Saturday (Matthew 27:59-60Mark 15:46Luke 23:53-54John 19:39-42). All was quiet...or was it? It would appear that even in death Jesus did not rest, but continued His outreach to the unsaved. You can read about it in 1 Peter 3:18-22 (Scripture provided above). As we also know, the Roman guards were inadequate to prevent the resurrection, and the women who returned to the tomb Sunday morning found it empty. The Lord had risen! Ladies, death never had the upper hand with Jesus...and it never will! As Paul said "It was not possible for the grave to hold Him!" 

Sunday is coming...

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