April 15 & 16-From Separation to Truimph

Matthew 27:49-Jesus when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

Yielded up His spirit.

Often overlooked in the celebration of Easter is the time period between Christ’s suffering on the cross and dying and His resurrection.

Where did He go?

What happened?

The Bible is fairly silent giving no definitive answer, although many have come up with opinions.

Hebrews 7:23-28-And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death: But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself. For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.

From the title at His birth ‘Immanuel,’ which means ‘God with us,’to His crucifixion, Jesus Christ had a duel purpose–king and priest. His earthly priesthood superseded the old order of the priesthood of the tribe of Levi. The ‘old order’ of sacrifice had never been good enough, for Aaron and his fellow priests had all sinned, albeit they were given their earthly tasks to undertake on behalf of their sinful tribes. But when ultimately forced to be put on trial by the accuser Satan before God, their case wouldn’t stand under the law God Himself had instituted.

Only the freely given sacrifice by a perfected human could win the day…so when Jesus YIELDED His spirit FREELY on the cross, I believe that He is freely allowing Himself to be separate from God and the Holy Spirit, to be accused by Satan.

While I have no idea of how this may have played out, or if I am correct, I can see the Devil gnashing his teeth and spending hours trying to come up with just ONE tiny glimpse of something with which to accuse.

Satan doesn’t like to lose. For a period, he may have partied thinking he’s won. He’d see the Son of God mocked, beaten, bloodied, and finally departed from this earth. He may have believed he could even use this against humanity. “This Son you sent, humanity has forsaken and wants no part of,” he may have said. The devil may have even uttered, “I told you so! I told you creating humans was a mistake. I told you they would sin. I told you they would let you down.”

Was Satan worried?

I think so. I think the devil had an inkling that he might have been in trouble all the way back to when he had tried to tempt Jesus and Jesus didn’t fall for his lies…but like most of those puffed up with pride, he may have figured he had time to conceive a way out.

I believe that this time period before Easter morning is when the devil’s time wore out.

The heavenly trial is taking place and Satan is pacing because he knows that soon he will lose. The depth of suffering Jesus has experienced in body, mind, and spirit, at becoming separated from God the Father is almost over.

Luke 24: 1-9-Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulcher, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered his words. And returned from the sepulcher, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.

As all of humanity was once separated from God, Jesus has brought us home.

From separation…to triumph.

Satan’s victory has now slipped through his fingers.

The circle of sin has been broken. Our sin offering has been paid in full by a perfected man freely taking it on and offering His blood for our redemption.

We are forgiven…if we but ask and come to Him in faith.

We no longer marginalized by our disobedience to God in the garden but can walk in His presence as He once envisioned.

May we all rejoice this Easter for we are blessed.

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