3-Week Series: Double Blessing


Summary: Some of the events just after His crucixition


PSALM 30:5b weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

The week before Jesus went to the cross and died in sinful mans place many things had taken place: Mary anointed the feet of Christ, the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, Christ cleansing of the Temple of the den of thieves as HE referred to them, the confrontation with the religious leaders as he called them hypocrites, the betrayal of Judas in that he made a deal with the Pharisees for 30 pieces of silver as he carried them to the Garden of Gethsemane & there he kissed Jesus showing the Pharisees just exactly who Jesus was in order for his arrest , the mock trial and scourging then of coarse the crucifixion.

Mary the mother of Jesus mourned. All nature shuddered at the death of the Creator in the earthquake and darkness was over the entire earth from 12-3 pm.

We’ve all heard the saying that it’s always darkest before the dawn.

I. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

The disciples had hoped that Christ was the long expected Messiah. They were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. They had looked forward to His setting up the kingdom and their participation in the governing of that kingdom.

And let me remind us here that the 12 apostles will sit on thrones and judge the 12 tribes of Israel according to Matt.19: 28And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

But now as Jesus was crucified all that appeared to them to be gone forever, as they didn’t understand yet what all this was really all about, they didn’t understand that this was the very reason Jesus came into the world, but they would understand soon. Jesus said in JN.12: 27Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.

To the disciples separation from Jesus and all their many comforting thoughts and plans looked as if it was gone forever.

Now Mary Son Jesus lifeless body lay in a cold garden tomb. A great stone had been placed across the entrance to the tomb pointing out the separation of the living from the dead.

Accompanying this separation was the feeling of loneliness, the kind of loneliness that is brought on by despair, the loneliness that we might feel although you may be in the midst of a crowd.

Mary Magdalene sensed the same mournful feelings of loneliness and separation as she came to the tomb of Christ and the angels ask her in John 20:13 13And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.

It seems that the Promises of Jesus had been forgotten.

. Jesus Christ had given to His followers a number of promises concerning the events related to His death, promises they had forgotten. They became desponded & depressed because they had forgotten what He had said.

He said He would rise again - Luke 18:31-34 31Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. 32For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: 33And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again. 34And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things, which were spoken.

He said when He would rise again - Matthew 12: 38-40 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. 39But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: 40For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

He had said that death had no power over Him - John 10:17 – 18 17Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. 18No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

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