A preacher once declared on Good Friday that Jesus hadn’t known he was unwittingly playing into the hands of his enemies. How absurd! A dozen references in Mark 14–16 unequivocally tell us just the opposite! Jesus is bold and walks forward to Good Friday fully aware of his coming death, and also of his resurrection. Why is that important?
Jesus wasn‘t trapped by fate. He was in control of every detail of his sacrificial death and resurrection, by which he achieved our eternal salvation. On the evening before his crucifixion, he was explicit: he handed wine to his disciples and said, “This is my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for many.” Jesus knew what was approaching.
Three days later, several women were confronted by an angel in the empty tomb. “Don‘t be alarmed, he said, you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, he isn‘t here! He is risen from the dead! And you will see him in Galilee, just as he told you before he died.”
Just as he told you. They hadn‘t been able to wrap their minds around it until a personal encounter with the living Lord Jesus changed them forever. These were the first eyewitness to the Risen Saviour. He entrusted to them his most important message ever!
What good news for us! God still chooses people like you and me to say what matters most.
Heavenly Father, when I doubt – when I am fearful – help me to rely on you for wisdom and courage to be your faithful messenger of the greatest news ever told.
Legendary P.K. (Pastor’s Kid), former Foothills Board Member, current Pastor of Deer Park Alliance Church in Red Deer