These 3 words when said in a normal worldly context bring closure and end to things, but when heard coming from Jesus’ bloodied, bruised and battered lips, they are the most powerful words ever and are the beginning of things not the end, but so few realize this.
They were the equivalent of signing a contract. Yet it was even greater than a contract. It was a covenant, a guarantee, a promise from the great ‘I am’. The greatest thing about this covenant is that there was nothing we had to do. All we needed was to accept and acknowledge.
Everywhere in the world where there is a contract, it involves the exchange of something. Where there are covenants they are for us to keep, for us to comply with certain requirements, but with this covenant it was a promise, a guarantee to give to us and not take from us.
It was a dying declaration. In my previous occupation I knew that ‘the dying declaration’ of a person was admissible in court as good evidence. It was received as good evidence because the person dying had nothing to lose or gain by what he or she said because they would be dead. So too with Jesus’ dying declaration, He had done what He came for and He had completed all the work for the covenant to come into effect.
From this moment on, the covenant would stand until the end of time.
No unsigned contract or covenant can compel any party to comply with it.
God sent His signatory in the name of Jesus to present and sign the covenant in order for it to be put into effect. Then in fulfilment of the scriptures, He was buried for 3 days and rose again to establish the covenant and send the Holy Spirit to teach us and lead us as we stumble through life and its many obstacles and temptations.
We wonder why 3 days, why not get straight up? We will truly know when we meet our creator, but my thoughts are this. All those who opposed Jesus needed to believe that they had won, that they had killed Jesus and after three days of death a body has reached the point of no return. Then when they had discovered the tomb empty His enemies had to bribe the guards to lie to try to disprove Jesus’ words and the fulfilment of the scriptures.
We are living in a fallen world where there is fear, heartache, distrust and lies and there is so often an excuse or worldly reason for what God has done. So, imagine being there at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion. They were all thrown into turmoil. ‘On the evening of the first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”’ (John 20:19) ‘Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that He breathed on them and said. “Receive the Holy Spirit.”’ (John 20:21-22)
The deal is done. The covenant has been signed with Jesus’ blood, it is finished, and the New Covenant has begun. He is risen, and you are saved as you receive the gift of salvation.
God bless you all