‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!’ Luke 24;5b,6a
Who could have imagined when Jesus entered Jerusalem like a king, that a few days later He would stumble through the streets of Jerusalem like a stricken and afflicted man, collapsing under the burden of the cross?
Who among the believers could have thought that He would be cut off from the land of the living in such a horrible way? And what had the accusations been? He had done no violence, nor had any deceit been in his mouth. Why then did the people nail Him to the cross?
Seven centuries before, Isaiah had seen it clearer than the contemporaries of Jesus. In fact, it were not the people who killed Jesus, although they were used for it. ‘It was the Lord’s will to crush Him and cause Him to suffer, and the Lord made His life an offering for sin’ (:10). The people did not take Him as their guilt offering, but Jesus made Himself an offering, as an atonement for everything by which we bear guilt before the Lord (Leviticus 6:6,7).
He led the way. He paved the way for us to live in full communion with God, and when we come to truly love Jesus and share in His suffering, then we may follow Him.
So He saw His offspring and rejoiced in this, for it did not end in death, but He rose from the grave and is with anyone who trusts in Him.
In childlike trust we may submit ourselves to Him, faithful that He will lead us in every detail of our life, for in His hand the will of the Lord will prosper until the end of this age.