Had the Devil known what was about to take place, he would had left well enough alone. Satan never could have imagined that God would allow His only son to step foot in hell. No, certainly if I could kill his flesh, His father would receive Him back into heaven and then I can continue my reign upon earth without any troubles from Him.
Jesus gave up the ghost and began His journey. He went down, down, down and the devil looked up, up, up and suddenly the unexpected! Jesus lands in the bowels of hell.
” What’s He doing down here?!” Chaos! Jesus thrashes Hell, overthrows it’s government, grabs satan by the back of the neck, and parades him around in front of all the demonic forces and there wasn’t one thing they could do about it! Jesus ransacked the place.
As quick as He came, He was gone! Suddenly from the bowels of the earth, satan screams,” Where are my keys?!” Jesus bust forth through time and space, passes death and spits in his eye, reunites with His flesh in that tomb. Puts His earth suit back on and the earth begins to quake. The stone moves…” Grave, where is thy victory? Death, where is thine sting?” He walks out of the tomb, He is alive for ever more! Yes, it’s resurrection day! Jesus lives. Death couldn’t hold Him, the grave couldn’t have Him. Yes, remember this day as He is risen, but I ask you to remember this is the day that Jesus stopped back by earth, before going to His Father, to tell us, ” All authority and power has been given unto me…..( as He rattles His keys with the key ring that says, ” Hell, been there, done that!” ) NOW YOU GO THEREFORE! He handed us the keys to death, hell and the grave! Use your keys to bind on earth, use them to loose on earth, use your keys on this resurrection day to drive that move of God! Thank you Jesus!
Jesus enters into the garden to pray. He asked his closest friends to come and help Him through this time, but they were found to be no help. He was going to have to do this on His own. The weight was beginning to be too much as the plan was exposed. Soon Jesus found Himself extremely burdened with the task, a task that He was not so sure He wanted to take on.
As He prays, extreme stress begins to take a toll on His blood pressure. It spikes to a dangerous level. As His body looks for a way to release this stress, blood begins to form on His forehead, mixed with sweat, as the vessels cannot take the pressure placed upon them. ” Father, if there be any other way!” He knew the answer. All humanity hung in the balance for just one moment. Now there would be no turning back.
“Not my will but yours be done.” Judas appears, the kiss of death was applied, suddenly, the flash of a sword, Peter had pulled a weapon and removes the right ear of the High priest servant.
Jesus, having already committed,
” Stop, Peter! ” In the chaos, Jesus could had ran, but instead, He looks down to see a man, a man who has come to take him to his death, sitting with one ear. Jesus cannot allow this to be! Man was made with two ears. He reaches down to this man, a man who is not a friend of Jesus, and suddenly, a creative miracle, an ear appears.
They grab Jesus, falsely accuse Him, parade Him in front of crowds, in front of a king, back to the governor, and there He stands.
He look out into the crowd at the faces, all those faces, your face, my face, and He sees those who just days before, threw down palm branches and welcome Him. Now their cries had turned from, ” Hosanna, to crucifyHim!” They take him, they begin to beat Him with rods. This would cause the blood to rise just under the skin so that when they whip him, the blood would explode from His body.
He had not slept in days. Smacked, punched, beard pulled out, spit on….all because He loved them. They strap Him down to a post and the whip flies. It had to! It had to be done to fulfill prophesy spoken about YOU! In Isaiah 53 He had to be wounded for OUR transgressions, bruised for OUR iniquities. The chastisement if OUR peace was upon Him and by his stripes, WE ARE HEALED! Now this once high blood pressure was replaced with a dangerously low blood pressure due to the amount of blood leaving His body. His strength is gone as they place a cross upon his back. He cannot carry it! It’s too much.
They finally make it through the streets to that hill. They place him on a cross, nails through his hands, through his feet. Crown of thorns and dropped the cross into a hole. All of humanities sin, shame, guilt, pain, is upon one man. It becomes too much as for the first time ever, Jesus, the son of God suffers mans condition in separation from the Father. ” My God, why had thou forsaken me?” He cried out those words so that you and I would never, ever have to! Because of Jesus actions, your God has promised to never leave you are forsake you!
In the midst of it all, ” Father, forgive them….” Jesus looks to the heavens, ” It is finished. ” gives up the ghost! … The end? No, it has just begun! Resurrection would come soon!