And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. Mark 8:31
Jesus was as persuaded about His resurrection as He was of His rejection by His people; His persecution by the religious authority, and His execution by the governing authority. He said these things must happen, i.e. they are unavoidable, and although the bad must first take place, consequently, the good must necessarily and assuredly as definite as the occurrence of the bad also took place.
After His death and burial, some of the women who followed Him went to the grave to prepare His body but the stone was rolled away and they couldn’t find Him inside; then two angels appeared to them to remind them of what Jesus told them about His death and resurrection in today’s text. The grave could not keep Him beyond those three days; so, it was no point for them to look for Him amongst the dead when He was already RISEN!
Likewise, God is saying to you that with the same vehemence and determination with which bad things seem to come to you, good also has an appointment that it will keep with you. Let there be persecution, rejection and execution – there definitely will also be a resurrection for you; let there be delays – surely your expectations shall come, and that speedily!
There is no venom of hell life has presented to you that heaven has no antivenin for; and not just to cure the venom, but to inject new health and new life into you, that the free gift may be much bigger than the offense. This means, the breakthroughs and blessings you will access as a result of your ‘resurrection’ will wipe away the sad experiences that came with the suffering. Jesus paid the full price for you to enjoy an abundant life on earth; besides, the grave couldn’t hold Him captive, and so, no grave situation is permitted to hold you captive. Therefore ARISE from every depression, despair and dejection in Jesus’ name.
Thank You Father for a living hope I have in the risen Savior. This day, I receive goodness in proportions far better than the struggles I have passed through. I arise to newness of life because Your resurrection power is at work in me to quicken every dead area in my life in Jesus’ name.