DayBreaks for 11/30/16 – The Greatest Reunion in History
Luke 23:50-56 describes some activities that went on after Jesus expired on the cross. It is the story of Joseph of Arimathea who went to Pilate and requested permission to take the body of Jesus and bury him in his own tomb. The story is told much as a journalist would report on any activity on a normal day. Luke has a way of lulling us to a comfortable spot only to make us jump awake again. But not in this instance. Jesus was in the tomb – the hero of the story has been taken out of the picture for the time being.
As I pondered this passage, I found myself asking, “Where was Jesus when this was going on? What was he doing? Is this when he descended into hades to preach to the dead? Was he in the Father’s Presence (“This day you shall be with me in paradise….”)? We can speculate, but we don’t know for sure.
But if we are to understand his words to the thief on the cross as I believe Jesus intended for us to understand them, I think he was in Paradise, and I found myself wondering what that reunion was like? Can you picture the reunion between the Father and Son and Spirit as they hugged in joyful reunion? Were there tears? What words were spoken between them? What must the song of the angels have been like at Jesus’ homecoming? (Not just now, but after the ascension, too!) We have no answers to these questions because ultimately, they are irrelevant. Our curiosity can distract us from what is important: Jesus’ substitutionary death, vicarious, bloody, sacrificial. Jesus (God) died. Nietizsche was right – but he just had the timing all wrong. And he didn’t anticipate the events of the following Sunday.
PRAYER: Father, how You must have delighted to greet Your Son after His sacrifice and work was completed! I believe Your joy wasn’t just for Him, but also for us being able to be freed and cleansed from our sin! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple.
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