The focus of Easter weekend is Good Friday remembering the death of Jesus and Easter Sunday remembering the resurrection of Jesus. Jesus died before sundown on a Friday and was risen after sunrise on Sunday. There is something about the between time, a small detail, that is faith building. It has to do with where Jesus’ body was between his death and resurrection.
Isaiah was written over 700 years before Jesus came. The are specific prophecies in Isaiah that point to Jesus such as a virgin will conceive and give birth to a son and call him Immanuel in Isaiah 7:14.
Isaiah is filled with prophecies about the promised Messiah coming in power. However tucked into Isaiah is a chapter that is about the suffering servant. Isaiah 53 points to details about the suffering and death of Jesus. One aspect is the burial of Jesus in Isaiah 53:9
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
A crucified criminal would have ben tossed into a mass grave after they died unless someone claimed the body. In Matthew 27:57-58:
As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him.
Why is this faith building? Consider the fact that over 700 years before Jesus came, a detail such as his burial was prophesied and was fulfilled by Jesus. It points to the validity of the bible.
Now think about the fact that Isaiah also has prophecies yet to be fulfilled such as The New Heavens and New Earth in Isaiah 65:
“See, I will create
new heavens and a new earth.
The former things will not be remembered,
nor will they come to mind.
But be glad and rejoice forever
in what I will create,
for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight
and its people a joy.
One could say the best is yet to come.
Thank you for reading. God bless.