God's Word for Today 1 Corinthians 15b
July 21, 2012
Where in the scriptures does it speak about Jesus rising again the third day?
he answered them, An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no
sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.
40For just as Jonah was
three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of
Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
So the third day and rising again, Jonah. But if we go back to the book of
Genesis, we even hear God saying to Abraham, "Take now thy son, thine only son
Isaac and offer him as a sacrifice on the mount that I will show you" (Genesis
22:2). Now, when God said to Abraham "take now thy son thine only son," we have
a match up with John 3:16, "For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten
Son." And you remember that Abraham gathered his servants and Isaac, and they
began to journey from the area of Hebron towards Jerusalem. And they had
journeyed for three days when they came into view of the mount that the Lord
showed unto Abraham. Mount Moriah, which is in Jerusalem. During that three-day
journey in the mind of Abraham, it was as if Isaac was as dead.
We read in Hebrews, chapter 11 that by faith Abraham offered Isaac believing or
knowing that God, if necessary, would raise him from the dead. For God had said,
"Through Isaac shall thy seed be called," and Isaac at this point did not have
any children. And so Abraham had such confidence in the promise of God that
through Isaac shall thy seed be called that he was willing to obey the Lord, if
necessary, to offer him as a sacrifice, knowing that God would raise him from
the dead. So it was Abraham's faith in the resurrection that caused him to be
willing to obey this command of God.
As they left the servants and journeyed together, father and son, toward Mount
Moriah, Isaac said, "Dad, we're missing something. We've got the fire and the
wood for the sacrifice, but we don't have any sacrifice. Where's the sacrifice,
Dad?" And Abraham said, "Son, the Lord will provide Himself a sacrifice." And so
they journeyed together, and Abraham built the altar and he placed Isaac
thereon. And as he raised the knife, the Lord said, "Okay, Abraham, far enough.
Now I know that you will not withhold from Me. Behold there is a ram caught in
the thicket. Go ahead and offer the ram as a sacrifice."
Now the interesting thing is Abraham said to the servants, "You wait here, and I
and the lad will go and will sacrifice and will come again." Abraham told the
servants, "We're coming back. I and the boy are going to sacrifice and we're
going to come back again." Abraham knew that somehow, someway, if necessary, God
would even raise Isaac from the dead. Very interesting that 2,000 years later on
the top of Mount Moriah, the very same mount where Abraham offered Isaac, God
provided Himself a sacrifice. And God's only begotten Son was crucified on Mount
Moriah in the spot where Abraham was toing to offer Isaac as a sacrifice. And so
Abraham was only in a way acting out drama, of what God would do in the future
and prophesied of that day in the future when God would provide Himself the
sacrifice. "In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen," and it was.
So according to the scriptures, the gospel I preached: Christ died, He was
buried, He rose again the third day. After His resurrection,For more see