Summary: Jesus rises triumphantly from the grave
Well, we’ve come to the end of the Book. We’ve covered a lot of ground in the last few months and looked at the story of this man: Jesus Christ. We’ve looked at His birth; we’ve looked at the beginnings of His ministry. We’ve looked at the authority that He had over nature, calming the sea and walking on water. We’ve seen the authority that He had over the body by healing all who came to Him, the deaf, the Blind, the leper, the cripple. He drove out demons with a word and resisted direct attacks and temptations by Satan, showing authority that was unequaled by any human over the spiritual realms. We’ve looked at the authority that he had over death, raising a young girl and his friend Lazarus from the grave. We’ve looked at His teachings, as He stood on the side of mountain and amazed the people with His words that showed an authority beyond the established religion and the manmade rules and laws that had governed the Jews to that point. We saw Him feed 5000, we saw Him bless the children, he taught a new way of love and heart change, he stood up to the Pharisees, he ate with tax collectors and sinners. We’ve heard the parables and seen how he fulfilled every Messianic prophecy concerning His birth and ministry and death.
And then last week we looked at why He had truly come, the darkest day in the history of the world. Literally and figuratively. Darkness came over the land from the sixth hour until the ninth hour or from about noon to three PM. The Earth itself was mourning and protesting the death of its Creator and you have the great symbolism of the light of the world being extinguished and the world being plunged into darkness. So, literally, it was a dark day. But it was also a dark day for the disciples and for the early followers of Christ. All that they had sacrificed, all that they had lived for, all that they had believed was seemingly gone. They had identified themselves with this man, whom they were convinced was the Messiah, only to see Him die in the worst possible way. And it wasn’t just that He had died, but He had gone down without a fight. He hadn’t even defended Himself! If He was the Son of God, why didn’t He flex His muscles, why didn’t He show His authority? They had seen Him do it before. They took this death as a sign that He was not who He had claimed to be and all of them had fled and abandoned Christ and turned away whether by their words, like Peter, or their actions. They thought it was over. Think about it. Jesus spent much of His last days teaching these men that this would happen. He taught them that He would suffer, He taught them that He would die, but He always linked it with a triumphal resurrection. He always included that He would rise from the grave and that He would be the conquering Son of God who would provide victory!
MK 8:31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.