Three days can change a lot.
Over 2000 years ago, the day was filled with sorrow, question, and doubt. For others the day was filled with joy and a sense of victory.
For those who loved Him, they did not understand. They wept as they watched Jesus be beaten and crucified. Their hearts were full of sorrow as they heard Him speak, “It is finished.”
For those who hated Him, there was rejoicing as they believed they had won, yet they could not have been farther from the truth.
For a lot can change in three days.
On that day, Jesus suffered and died. He also bore our guilt and our shame. He paid the ransom we could not pay, and He redeemed us. Changing our names from guilty to forgiven.
His death came at a high cost.
And yet, death could not defeat Him, nor could the grave hold Him.
For three days later, not only had He paid the price for our sins, He defeated death once and for all. Making it possible for us to be forgiven, and to have eternal life.
Three days later those in sorrow rejoiced at their risen Savior.
After three days, the darkness broke forth into everlasting light.
What had been watched in heartbroken silence was now redeemed with resounding shouts of joy.
Not the scouring, nor the insults.
Not the cross, nor the nails.
Could defeat the Lord.
This day of sorrow took not the Father by surprise, it was all part of His plan.
For He knew that three days later, the true victory would be beheld.
The victory that each of us in Christ has even now, years later.
Victory over sin, victory over death.
“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 15:55-57).“
A lot can happen in just three days!