“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” Matthew 24:14.
LIGHT FOR NOW: The state in which Jesus died reveals the destination he went to.
We saw in our previous study that without separation from God (spiritual death), physical death could never have been possible or could never have been created much less have the ability to hold man. Death is an enemy; Jesus died both spiritually (where He was separated from the Father) and physically (where His spirit left His body). So, in physical death, Jesus departs His body. John 19:30 reads “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, it is finished: and He bowed His head and gave up the ghost”. So, He is now dead. Back to the question that we will be investigating into from this studies through subsequent studies ahead to arrive at the answer. The question is, when He died physically, where did He go? Did He (Jesus) go to heaven? If this were so (that is, if He went to heaven), it meant He never suffered for three days. This would mean He did not suffer, not even for a day. Did He remain in the grave after He died? If He died (that is, if He remained in the grave after He died), it meant it was a Hollywood script. Sin then would not have been portrayed in such a serious light as it is. A man cannot be dead if He remains in His body. The manner in which Jesus died and in what state will tell us His destination? Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 5:21 gives us a lead, it reads “For he hath made him to be sin for us who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him”. He was not a sinner; much more than that, He bore the sinners grief. He bore his state (that is, the sinners’ state). He bore the sinners’ punishment; He was made sin. Let’s hear from Paul’s lips again in 2 Corinthians 8:9; it reads “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich”. So, Jesus became poor. This is not referring to earthly possessions as some have mischievously tried to do in an attempt to preach material wealth. Rather, what this means is that He laid aside His status; His glory; His fellowship with the Father. The absence of this (His status, His glory and fellowship with the Father) is poverty. We all were poor because of sin; He was rich because of God. He and God were in fellowship; He was made poor so that we might be rich. Thus, to be rich is to be in fellowship with God. Hallelujah! We are in an eternal union and fellowship with the Father. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Go for the word of His grace.
PRAYER: Father, I receive understanding from your word as I am taught. I study and meditate upon it, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: The new creation upon identification with the resurrection became rich in the Spirit by the indwelling of the spirit.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 5; EVENING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 8