Remembering the Road to Resurrection

“Remembering the Road to Resurrection”

Have you ever considered Christ’s journey to Calvary? We know that the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the foundation of the Church and our Christian faith. Without Christ’s resurrection from the dead, His work on the cross would have been incomplete, and His purpose unfulfilled. His followers would have returned to their occupations and the church
would have never been established. But because Christ did rise from the dead, His redemptive and salvific work was complete and all who believe on Him, can have eternal life. In this blog, I want to call your attention to the glorious road to Christ’s resurrection, for I believe it will strengthen your faith and your resolve to walk in God’s will.

In Matthew 21, we find Jesus entering into Jerusalem, riding on a donkey. This famous scene of Jesus’ Triumphal Entry, where people spread their garments and branches from palm trees down on the road was the genesis of Jesus’s journey to Calvary. What amazes me is how swiftly corporate opinions changed regarding Jesus in just one-week’s time. On
Sunday the people were crying out, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Matthew 21:8-9) But by Friday, they were crying out, “Crucify Him, and give us Barabbas!” (Matthew 27:20-22)

Isn’t it amazing how one minute you can be on cloud nine, enjoying the admiration of others and the next minute you’re being obstructed with hostile opposition all around you? Often times, life is filled with swift transitions, yet on this road to resurrection, Christ shows us how He endured the rapid and unjust changes of the last days of His life, and was still
victorious and able to fulfill God’s purpose. As we remember Christ’s journey, I want to uncover three pivotal markers along His way.

The first marker was when Jesus was anointed (Matthew 26:6-13). This encounter was critical, because Jesus would be unlawfully executed as a criminal, which would not afford Him the privilege of a proper burial ceremony where His body could be anointed prior to His burial. The second marker was when Jesus was betrayed (Matthew 26:14-20). In an
intimate and personal gathering with His disciples, Jesus reveals that one of them would betray Him. This shows us that sometimes betrayal comes with intimate relationships, for one cannot betray you if they are not close to you. Judas’s betrayal was necessary for Jesus to fulfill His purpose. Sometimes, your disappointments will lead you to your destiny
and your pain will push to your purpose.

The third marker is buried in Matthew 26:36-39, when Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus said, “O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” What caused Jesus such anguish and distress was His imminent task of taking on the sins of all mankind, which He knew would cause total separation from God. Jesus, Who was God, had to be disconnected from God, so that WE would have a way back to God! So the 3 markers on this road to resurrection were Jesus being anointed, Jesus being betrayed, and Jesus being separated from God.

After Jesus finish praying, He was arrested, illegally tried and convicted to death. He was brutally beaten, stripped of His clothes, crowned with thorns, and forced to carry His cross to Calvary. Just 4 days prior, the crowd was celebrating Him being carried down the road, now they were taunting Him as He carried His cross down the road to THEIR salvation. His hands and His feet were nailed to the cross, He was crucified, and the Bible says that Jesus yielded up His own spirit and gave up His own life. (Matthew 27:45-50)

He was buried in another man’s tomb…but three days later, early Sunday morning Jesus rose from the dead! And it is through His resurrection, that we have the right to eternal life. It is through His resurrection, we have been reconciled back to God. It is through His resurrection, we have full and complete access to the Father. It is through His
resurrection, we have been saved from the penalty of sin. And the beauty of the resurrection is Christ did it just for you.

This is why we celebrate and remember the resurrection, because when we think about what Jesus did for us, our souls should rejoice and our desire should be to live according to His will. So as you remember this road to resurrection, I
encourage you to live your life knowing that you have a relationship with God the Father, Who loved you so, that He sent His Son to die, so that you might have eternal life.

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