The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.
The third day. This day is much more than candy, presents, eggs and the easter bunny. This third day is the day that solidifies the cross. Because of this day, we can rejoice in the cross.
Jesus died for my sins…but he was not bound by death, he overcame it! And that same man is sitting at the right hand of God interceding for me! (Romans 8:34). Peter puts it better than I ever could:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. -1 Peter 1:3-7
This Third day is why we can rejoice in any circumstance. He has RISEN!!! and that is the promise we have for new life!Because of this third day we have hope. I encourage you all to reflect on what God has done for you. Thank the Lord for what He has done for you. He is worthy of our praise!