As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” And they were greatly distressed.
The gospel is a greatly distressing message when you consider what happened in the hours preceding the death of Jesus. My heart breaks when I consider what happened to God's only Son after he was delivered to the religious and governmental leaders of that time. He was given a mock trial and declared guilty of blasphemy by religious leaders who should have known better. He was delivered to two leaders (Pilate and Herod) who treated him with unspeakable violence. He was then sentenced to death and nailed to a cross on a Friday.
Yet this distressing message gets turned on its head on Sunday morning. In a single stroke of the miraculous God would not let the cross be the last word. As he himself foretold, Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead in a form and fashion that no one had ever been raised before. He was raised immortal with a heavenly body. Reams have been written about the resurrection and still many do not believe. Perhaps these cannot get past the distressing message of the cross? Perhaps the resurrection is too wonderful to embrace?
Thank you for the cross Lord. Thank you for dying in my place. Thank you that the cross was not the last word. All praise and honor to you my resurrected Lord Jesus Christ.