Laid to Rest
Then he bought fine linen, took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen. And he laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock, and rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mark 15:46
The torture was over, and Jesus was finally laid to rest. How peaceful this scene must have been after such an excruciating day before. He had completed His work, fulfilled the law and gave His life as a ransom for all. Finally, He could rest from all His trouble. He faced and went through the most gruesome and horrific death of all time. Not only did He suffer at the hands of man, but God’s wrath for sin was poured out on Him. He defeated the enemy.
We don’t know for sure what happened while His body laid in the tomb. Many believe He descended to the enemy’s domain and stripped him of the keys of death and any power he had stolen from God’s created people. Ephesians 4:7-9 tells us the He descended into the lower parts of the earth to set the captives free. We also read in other passages that when He raised from the dead, many were raised up with Him. (See Matthew 17:52-53)
To His disciples, this was a very sad time. They thought that their Lord had been killed and that they would never see Him again until they died. But for Jesus, this was just the next step in the plan. It was a trick on the enemy so God could get His most precious people back. Satan thought that he had successfully captured, tortured and killed the One who was sent to defeat Him, but he was so wrong.
Whatever you are facing today, know that it’s not over. Even the things in your life that look like they have died, God can breathe new life into. Whether it is a family relationship, your marriage or bank account, there is hope by putting it in the hands of Jesus. Just as His body lay dead for 3 day and then was resurrected, God can resurrect your circumstances too. He has the grace you need for whatever you are up against. Don’t let the enemy steal back what Jesus died to get for you. Turn your situation over today and God will restore what belongs to you.
Today I want to encourage you to be so thankful for all the Jesus died to give you! Yes, the salvation that you desperately needed to rescue you from eternal separation and torment, but also the gift of the Holy Spirit living in you and guiding your life. All this is possible because of His sacrifice. Honor Him today for sticking to the plan and completing that part to make us His own. Then tell that good news to others. Share the message of His love everywhere you go. It is the only thing that matters in this life. Be His witness and lead other captives to the freedom He died to get them.
Today’s scripture reading: Mark 15:42-47
42 Now when evening had come, because it was the Preparation Day, that is, the day before the Sabbath,
43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent council member, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, coming and taking courage, went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
44 Pilate marveled that He was already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him if He had been dead for some time.
45 So when he found out from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph.
46 Then he bought fine linen, took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen. And he laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock, and rolled a stone against the door of the tomb.
47 And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses observed where He was laid.