The 3rd Day

Luke 24 (NASB) – But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing; and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” And they remembered His words, and returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now they were Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James; also the other women with them were telling these things to the apostles.11 But these words appeared to them as nonsense, and they would not believe them. 12 But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen wrappings only; and he went away to his home, marveling at what had happened.

When Jesus laid hanging on that cross at Calvary the accuser thought he had defeated the Messiah, and indeed the world. What the accuser didn’t know is that the prophecy of Yeshua rising on the third day would indeed be fulfilled.  On Friday, the enemy thought he had won, oh but then came Sunday and the resurrection of the Son of Yahweh.  The enemy must have rejoiced for those few days.  Thinking he’d overcome the world.  To some onlookers they may have thought Yeshua had been defeated.  They didn’t have the benefit we do of knowing how it all ends with victory for the Kingdom.

I don’t know where you’re at today, but what I do know is there is NO PRICE Yeshua didn’t pay on that rugged tree.  Maybe you’re looking at your life or a situation and it appears hopeless.  As you gaze with your natural eyes defeat seems so apparent.  Oh beloved, what the accuser meant for your harm Yeshua is going to use for your good.  Let’s look at the example of Joseph in Genesis 50:20, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.”  What the enemy meant for Joseph’s harm (being sold into slavery, falsely accused of rape, being imprisoned) Yahweh used for good.    He wants to use your current less than desirable situation to bring you from the prison to the palace just as He did for Joseph.  We are reminded that Yahweh is no respecter of person in Acts 10:34, “Then Peter opened his mouth and said, ‘I truly understand that God is not one to show favoritism.’ ”  If He did it for Joseph, He can do it for you too if you would but believe and surrender.  The Father always wants to make lemonade out of our lemons, but sometimes this doesn’t come as quickly as it could because there are times we’re determined to sit and keep on tasting those lemons.  What does tasting those lemons look like?  It looks like hanging on to bitterness because someone hurt you.  It looks like refusing to forgive someone because you never got the apology you felt you were owed.  It looks like refusing to be a peacemaker with that person you’ve held a grudge against for so long you have forgotten why you had a grudge in the first place.  It looks like you leaving and going to another church because the Pastor did what he should do and rebuked you for your sin.  Quit minimizing what Yeshua did on the cross by sucking on those lemons and surrender those hurts at the foot of the cross & leave them there.  He gave His very life for it.

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