For many, Resurrection Day weekend looks like this:
On Friday, Jesus is dead on the cross (cue the somber music).
On Saturday, Jesus is dead on the tomb (a spirit of defeat).
On Sunday, He busts out there is great celebration (because finally, victory).
Not so. Not even close. Let me explain.
It is wise to be somber when recalling Friday’s events. The Son of God suffering and bearing MY sin is no small thing. However, don’t allow that introspection to fall into defeatism. He was victorious in his death, as He was in his resurrection.
My Bible tells me that victory was secured on Friday. The crucifixion was triumph, not defeat. The disciples did not understand this; they were confused and lost. Believe me, Sunday was awesome: it is crucial and upon it our faith stands. But
V-Day was Friday. And the victory party continued all weekend…and beyond!
Why, you ask?
One word. In Greek, Tetelestai.
The cross is where Jesus bore my sins
no, that’s when Jesus became sin, for me
and drank the full chalice of God’s righteous wrath.
That’s when GOD declared victory
because satan was defeated.
That was the last time I’d ever see my sins. EVER.
That’s when the curtain was torn
and we gained access to God.
That’s when my past became my past (although I wasn’t yet born).
That’s when Jesus fulfilled His mission
which was to DESTROY the works of the devil.
That’s when Jesus declared, “TETELESTAI!” “IT IS FINISHED!”
Good Friday was more than good; it was breathtaking.
[God forgave] us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.
…and the resurrection is confirmation and grants us a living hope
[Jesus] was through the Spirit of holiness declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
It’s not as if the grave could contain the Author of Life, anyway.