All of Christianity is anchored in the birth of Jesus, the life of Jesus, the death of Jesus and the resurrection of Jesus.
- At conception, Jesus was 100% God and 100% human. Jesus is the God/man.
- Jesus lived, every moment of every day fully God and fully human.
- Jesus died fully God and fully human.
- Fully God and fully human, Jesus was dead for three days and three night.
- Jesus conquered death as fully God and fully human.
These five actualities about Jesus are the universe’s most crucial truth. It is impossible for God to be human and yet God became human thus revealing the impossible is possible.
Jesus is the “Impossible Possibility.”
Of huge importance are the realities of “Silent Saturday” on which Jesus, fully God and fully human is dead.
God did not raise Jesus from the cross. God raised Jesus from the dead.
3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures… 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
The Bible reiterates it many times. Jesus was not raised on the first day but on third day. Jesus was dead part of or all of three days.
Jesus’ three days of death are filled with impossible possibilities.
Consider the impossibilities of Holy Saturday.
- It is impossible for God to be absent. But Jesus, fully God and fully human was not present.
- It is impossible for God to be finite. But Jesus, fully God and fully human finite and lay dead in Joseph’s tomb.
- It is impossible for God to be perishable. But Jesus, fully God and fully human is dead and decaying.
- It is impossible for God to be dead. But Jesus, fully God and fully human is dead.
The impossibilities in the dead Jesus shout to us, “Every distance of separation from God, sense of God-forsakenness and awareness of the absence of God has been personally and deeply experienced by God the Son.”
God who keeps His promises, said, “And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people.” Leviticus 26:12
In His death, Jesus walks with us into and out of these great impossibilities.
The world aches for a Lover who engages our fragmented loneliness with a pursuit that reaches us even in the most desperate betrayals. We pine for a Redeemer who has exhausted the power of the violence in our hearts by taking it fully, even fatally, into his own heart, returning peace. We crave a companion in suffering who not only empathizes but can give precious worth to our pain. Only a Mediator who descended into the hell of human rebellion against God can conclude our long war with the Father. Only a Christ who willingly received the lethal consequences of our sin can truly take away the burden of them. Only one who has been there, in the hell of our making, can comfort us in our suffering. If Jesus didn’t get all the way to the bottom of our predicament, our lost and forsaken condition, then we are left unredeemed at the root. We will be forever lonely, ever tarred with shame, never feeling known, never at peace. But because Jesus entered fully into the deathliness of our human existence, then he can bring us into the eternal life of the Triune God. Dawson, Gerrit S. Raising Adam . Oil Lamp Books LLC. Kindle Edition.
Somewhere in the place of the dead and at some time on Holy Saturday night, God (Jesus) transformed from dead victim to Living Victor!
I, he says, am the Christ. I am the one who destroyed death, and triumphed over the enemy, and trampled Hades under foot, and bound the strong one, and carried off man to the heights of heaven, I, he says, am the Christ. Melito of Sardis, Died Ad 180. http://www.kerux.com/doc/0401A1.asp
God the Son transformed “Why have you forsaken me?” into, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” Hebrews 13:6
God the Son transformed “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit (Matthew 27:50)” into “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die (John 11:25, 26).
God the Son transformed His finiteness of death into, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore… (Revelation 1:17, 18).
God the Son transformed death’s bondage into “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore and I have the keys of Death and Hades. (Revelation 1:17, 18)
In your life experiences when God seems absent, finite, perishable and dead, know that God profoundly and personally understands.
God’s experience of transforming the impossible is ours today as we believe and confess Him in His death, burial and resurrection.
“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Romans 10:9, 10
Jesus, the impossible possibility, proclaimed, “Because I live, you too shall live.” John 14:19