Psalm 16:10 (NIV)
You will not abandon me to the realm of the dead.
Paul wrote: Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
As we have been looking closely at Greg Finke’s book, Joining Jesus on His Mission we have seen again and again that the mission of God is indeed God’s mission. He is the One who is saving lost people. He is the One moving people’s hearts to faith. He is the One who has redeemed us. We are agents of his grace. We are carriers of his word. We are messengers of his Good News. How that Good News, redemption, and grace is received, embraced, or (sadly) rejected is something over which we have no control. God is the great Deliverer.
As such, however, God used a human agent – Jesus of Nazareth – to bring about our deliverance. He was delivered over for our sins, mocked, scourged, crucified, dead, and buried. All that came upon him as if he was the worst sinner of all time; which he was certainly not. Through it all Jesus remained faithful, trusting in God, entrusting his spirit into the hands of the Father in his final hour.
Jesus was laid in the grave, but he was not abandoned to that realm. He was raised from the dead by the power of God. He was delivered from death by God and reigns over all now, at the right hand of God. We can embrace this truth with joy and confidence: we have a Deliverer. When we face our final hour, we have a deliverer. When we struggle against sin and it seems to have the upper hand, we have a deliverer. When all seems lost, we have a deliverer. Jesus who was delivered from the sharpness of death now delivers us.
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!