From then on Jesus began to tell His disciples plainly that it was necessary for Him to go to Jerusalem, and that He would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day He would be raised from the dead.
I heard about a guy who traveled cross country. After landing at the airport, he went to the luggage carousel and retrieved his bags. Then he hailed a cab and climbed in the back. After cruising along for a few moments, he had a question for the cabbie, so he tapped the guy on the shoulder. The cab driver freaked out, shrieked, and swerved across four lanes.
After catching his breath, the guy in the back seat asked the cab driver, “What was that all about?” The cab driver said, “Sir, I am sorry. I have been driving a hearse for forty years. This is my first day as a cabbie.”
When you are driving a hearse, you don’t expect to get tapped on the shoulder. And when someone dies, we don’t expect them to be alive again.
Jesus warned His disciples that He would die. He also promised that He would rise again from the dead. In Matthew 16:21, we read that “Jesus began to tell His disciples plainly that it was necessary for Him to go to Jerusalem, and that He would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day He would be raised from the dead.”
Could He have been any more specific? And yet, this was lost on the disciples. They collectively missed the memo. But three days after Jesus was crucified, He rose as He said He would.
Here is what we need to remember: God always keeps His promises.
If God says something is going to happen, it will happen. God told us His Son would come to this earth. That happened. God told us His Son would be crucified. That happened. God told us His Son would be raised again from the dead. That happened.
And God has told us His Son will come back again to this earth. That will happen. It will happen very soon, quite possibly.
What other promises has God made to you in the pages of Scripture? Think about them today, and know with confidence that He will keep them.
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