They knew what it meant,
for their Jesus to be handed over into the hands of Pilate.
The one who could crucify, the one who could kill.
Did they even have hope that Sunday is Coming?
We read words like “flogged”, “crown of thorns” and “cross”, but do we really know what it means?
We can’t even relate to the One who took our place.
He was betrayed with a kiss and arrested without validity.
but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss? Luke 22:48
The Messiah, the saving One, the grace that we didn’t deserve…
He was mocked, but He was also being beaten over the head with a reed while insults were hurled at Him.
He was flogged, where whips with sharp shards were forcefully thrown into His body as those torturing Him laughed, mocked.
But after having Jesus flogged, he (Pilate) handed Him over to be crucified. Matthew 27:25
A crown of thorns was pressed into His head as His raw body was draped in scarlet.
He was dragged to the place where criminals die.
When they had mocked Him, they stripped Him of the robe, put His clothes on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him. Matthew 27:31
His hands and feet were pierced and He body was lifted up.
Maybe He already knew, Sunday Is Coming…
Maybe He already knew when He was weeping in the garden,
when He was washing His friends feet,
when He was illustrating His broken body and shed blood,
when He was hanging in darkness feeling forsaken by His father,
when he breathed His very last with a loud cry.
It Is Finished… John 19:30
The temple curtain tore in two from top to bottom, the earth shook, hope was lost and buried in darkness
But what now? Would the darkness stay? Was He really the one who came to save if He was gone?
It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Luke 23:44-45
But it’s only Friday…Sunday is Coming…
A week prior, Jesus overturned the temple, where I imagine He flipped tables if He ever did.
He set a challenge…destroy this temple and it will be built up again in three days.
But He wasn’t speaking of a building. No, He was speaking of Himself.
He was going away, it was necessary, but He would prevail. He would return.
The Jews responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all of this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” But the temple he had spoken of was his body. John 2:18-21
In three days, we will experience the grace we never deserved.
In three days, we will understand that He took our place.
In three days, there will be no more sacrifices to be holy or rituals to undo what we’ve done.
In three days, the gap is bridged, heaven is real, and death has no sting no more.
Hold onto hope because Sunday Is Coming…
He is not here, He has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee. The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again. Luke 24: 6-7
Today, the next three days, think about what is must have felt like to put your hope and faith into Someone who was, all at once, gone.
And prepare your heart for the day that is coming, the Sunday that is coming,
the day that changed everything.