Summary: What Jesus left behind was not about Him being absent minded. He did it on purpose
Things That Jesus Left Behind by Gerald Van Horn
“If I go not away the Comforter will not come.” John16:7
What Jesus left behind was not about him being absent minded. He did it on purpose. Why would He leave things behind on this earth? We will attempt to explore this question.
Jesus was making preparation for something important. Something great was about to be birthed for all mankind. Something very precious to His Heavenly Father. When He was on the cross He said, “It is finished” which had a far greater significance that we might thing. Let’s explore these things:
1. Jesus left behind His blood.
From the crown placed on His head to the whipping post and at Calvary Jesus left drops of His precious blood. His blood was sinless and therefore he could shed His blood for all sinners. Oh, precious fountain that flows for sinners unclean.
Hebrews 9:22b “Without the shedding of blood is no remission.”
We can only imagine when they placed the crown of thorns upon His head that blood flowed down His face and to the earth.
Matthew 27:29 “And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon His head, and a reed in His right hand and they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him saying, Hail king of Jews!” (see also John 19:2)
At the whipping post the flesh on His back was opened by the beating He took.
John 19:1 “Then Pilate, therefore took Jesus and scourged Him.” Mark 15:15 “And so Pilot, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged Him, to be crucified.”
Then as He hung on the cross His hands and feet were pierced. He shed His blood.
John 19:18 “Where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, on either side, and Jesus in the center.” He shed His blood.
John 19:34 “But one of the soldiers, with a spear, pierced his side and came there out blood and water.”
Jesus left a trail of blood on the earth. He did it for me! He did it for you!
2. Jesus left behind an empty Tomb.
We bring from the Scripture the first witness.
John 20:1 “The first day of the week comes Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the Sepulcher, and seeing the stone taken away from the Sepulcher.”
We have Mary approaching the tomb while it is yet dark so she had to get close and she discovers the stone rolled away. In Mark’s Gospel we have several ladies approaching the Sepulcher discussing who would roll away the stone for it was great. When they looked they saw the stone rolled away
Luke 24:2 “And they found the stone rolled away from the Sepulcher, and they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.”
The Angel had rolled away the stone and it caused a great earthquake. And then they saw him he was setting on the stone as if to say, “I dare anyone to roll the stone back.”
There are those who have visited the tomb and they said people stand in line for miles to look into an empty tomb. He is risen. It proves that Jesus was indeed the Son of God. It proves also that God keeps His word.
3. Jesus left behind His grave clothes.
What value are graves clothes for the living?
We also had grave clothes of sin about us until we came to Jesus and He laid aside those death clothes and said, “Because I live you shall live also.” We used to sing an old song, “Take off the old robe and put on the new. The old robe was tattered and worn. The new robe was spotless and had never been worn.”
4. Jesus also left His disciples behind.
Acts 10:1 “And while they looked steadfast toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, Ye men of Galilee why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus who is taken from you into heaven shall also come in like manner as you have seen Him go into heaven.”
How do we know Jesus ascended into heaven? In Acts 2 “I will send another comforter and He shall be in you.” The Holy Spirit came on the day of Pentecost just as Jesus promised. A great event took place as the event gave birth to the church. Jesus is a gift of the Father. The Holy Spirit is a gift of Jesus. The church needs to be ready for a great event is about to happen! Jesus said, “If I go away I will come and receive you unto myself