As I pondered Easter Sunday, the Spirit of God led me to thinking about what was happening in Jerusalem the day the tomb was found empty.
Now, we know the religious leaders were plotting. Matthew 28:11-13 tells us that the guards told the chief priests everything that had happened. They in turn met with the elders and devised a plan. The guards were paid off and told what to say, “Jesus’ disciples came during the night while we were sleeping, and they stole his body.”
We know the disciples were scared and hiding. John 20:19 tells us that when Jesus appeared to the disciples, they were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews.
So, okay. We know about those two people groups. But what about all of those who were not so close to the circumstances surrounding Jesus death and resurrection? Surely, they experienced it but really don’t have their hearts and minds around what is taking place.
What are they thinking? I mean, there has been an earthquake, darkness has overtaken the sky, and the sun stopped shining. There is a report that the curtain of the temple being torn in two. According to Matthew 27:52, “tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.” WOW! What just happened?
A lot has taken place. Jesus was crucified, buried, and now he’s missing. Surely, there was some people who were flat out confused. In my mind, I can hear someone asking the question, “what just happened?” Please, somebody, help me understand what just happened!
It’s a great question. One that needs an answer, even today for some. I believe 1 Peter 18-19 is an excellent place of response:
God just paid the necessary “ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.”
This was necessary because the wages of sin is death, separation from God. Romans 3:21
God so loved the world that He just paid its ransom.
God just paid our death penalty.
Look at the verse again. How could we not notice that God called what we value, “mere.” Absolutely, too cool! Surely, it should help us to understand the proper value of silver and gold. You know, the stuff that when we love it too much will help us to forget just whom we belong to, silver and gold.
God calls silver and gold “mere.” It is perishable, just simply will not last and can not and will not provide us with a lasting, eternal redemption.
It’s call “mere” because it can not give true, soul deep satisfaction in this world.
BUT God…gave us His Son, the One who is precious, pure, sinless, spotless to become our sacrificial Lamb. “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29).””
Jesus redeemed us, bought us back from the bondage and penalty of sin
by sacrificing His life. Oh, what a Savior!
In Jesus alone do we find real, lasting victory and satisfaction.
What just happened? Jesus paid it all, all to Him we owe!
Sin had left a crimson stain, but He washed it white as snow.