“He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.” Mark 8:31 (NIV)
We look back in the timeline of Jesus' life on earth before this week and find that Jesus had prepared his disciples. Isn’t it amazing that Jesus had foretold what would happen? He had told his disciples all about what he had just gone through and had assured them that after His death at the hands of the leaders he would rise from the dead and come out of the grave after three days. Even the enemies of Jesus remember that prediction when they went to Pilate to ask for special guards to be stationed at the grave. Yes, God’s plan was to raise his Son again the third day and nothing could stop Him from carrying out this plan. So the time Jesus spent in the grave was only to follow God’s great plan. Let’s remember that God has plans for each of us too. We can trust Him to do what He wants in our lives – let’s do that.