Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
How would knowing the outcome of a difficult situation change your outlook while going through it? Jesus knew He was going to die in Jerusalem, but He also knew He was going to be raised from the dead. He believed the Messianic psalms applied to Him: “For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption” (Psalm 16:10).
Did that lessen the anguish of the moments prior to His death? No, He was human and He grieved the pain and suffering He was about to endure (Luke 22:44). But His faith in His Father’s plan and protection was greater than His anticipation of suffering. He was wholly submitted to the Father’s will (Luke 22:42). Jesus knew nothing could separate Him from God’s love, and we have been given the same promise (Romans 8:35-39). And we have also been given the same promise of resurrection Jesus was given (1 Corinthians 15:12-19; 1 Thessalonians 4:16). And we are to comfort one another with these promises (1 Thessalonians 4:18).
Easter is the time when we remember the Savior’s resurrection, which makes our own resurrection sure. Comfort yourself with these words today.
Christianity is essentially a religion of resurrection.
James S. Stewart
2 Samuel 12–16