The Jewish leaders and the Roman government had collaborated in false accusations, a mock trial and conviction of Jesus so that He was crucified in the most inhumane manner. They thought it was over for a man who had done nothing but good and revealed God in human flesh. What they did not realize was that Jesus voluntarily laid down His life in death so He could take it again in resurrection (John 10:17-18). Jesus received authority from His Father to do this.
No human alive at the time could have seen what was taking place between Jesus and His Father. The greatest transaction in all human history was being completed at the cross and in the tomb. John helps us understand this transaction by saying that “Jesus Christ the righteous…He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:1-2). “Propitiation” means that Jesus’ death for us is the “means of forgiveness” because He has fully satisfied the holy requirements of a righteous God.
The tomb symbolizes the removal of our sins from the sight of God as well as our death with Christ (Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12). It was absolutely necessary that Jesus lie in death in the tomb. “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (John 12:24). This act of divine love had to be done “alone”. No one but God’s Son could lay down His life, accomplish God’s eternal satisfaction, and then rise again!
HE DID THIS FOR YOU!
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