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Jesus, three days and three nightsby Jen Shroder
in the heart of the earth,
March 28, 2013
as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great
fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the
heart of the earth" (Matthew
"In the heart of the earth" is the wickedness
of manís heart, as explained in the parable of the four soils
(Mark 4:15, Matt 13).
Manís heart is exceedingly wicked
and Jesus Christ was
immersed in it from the moment He was "betrayed into the hands of men"
until He rose again at the dawn of the third day. The Bible clearly
On the night He was betrayed, the very words after
healing the servant's ear, Jesus said to those arresting Him:
"But this is your hour,
and the power of
Jesus pointed out that it had begun. At that moment, Jesus BECAME SIN
and the suffering began:
"For He has made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might
be made the righteousness of God in Him." (2
What would be a
greater shock to His system than becoming our sins, that He could then
be presented as the sacrifice in perfection, which Scriptures show is
all part of the three day and three night time frame?
ALL of the Scriptures add up to this. Twelve verses describe the three
days and three nights and they all include the betrayal or His
suffering. Below are three examples.
1. "Saying, the Son of man must
suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests
and scribes, and
be slain, and be raised the third day." (Luke
2. "Jesus said unto them, the Son of man shall be
betrayed into the hands of man;
and they shall kill Him,
and the third day He shall be raised again." (Matthew
they shall mock Him, and shall scourge Him, and shall spit upon Him,
kill Him, and the third day He shall rise again." (Mark
link at end of article for all Scriptures)
As Scriptures indicate, Jesus became sin on the
night He was betrayed, included suffering, the crucifixion, death and
resurrection, totaling three days and three nights.
Jesus, as the sacrificial lamb, was without blemish on the night He
"[We were redeemed]Ö with the precious blood of
Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot." (1
Of course this refers to Jesus being sinless, yet the
lamb was to be perfect in every way. The precious blood could
not flow or be wasted before the sacrifice began. The blood began to
flow on the night He was betrayed when Christ entered "the heart of
the earth." When the disciples asked for an explanation of the four
soils (where the earth is explained as the hearts of men), Jesus
asked, "Know you not this parable? How then will you know all
"He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised
for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace [prosperity,
welfare] was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed" (Isaiah
If the sign that Jesus gave was completed only by His
death, time in the grave and resurrection, how was payment made
earlier when He was wounded, bruised and given stripes (scourged)?
Was He beaten and bleeding before He became sin? Were the
bruises and bleeding for nothing? No! Was the Lamb
delivered for the sacrifice already bloodied and torn? No!
"He was wounded for our transgressions..."
"He has made Him to be sin for us...that we might be
made the righteousness of God in Him."(2 Cor 5:21)
Christ had to become sin before payment could begin or
the blood would be wasted. The chastisement "was upon Him." The
miracle of Christ's redemption began on Thursday night when Christ
became sin, the night He was betrayed, immersed in our sins and
delivered unto man. THIS was the "heart of the earth" that Jesus spoke
of. He never said it was the tomb, for to be separated from God as He
became sin would be far more shocking to His system than mere death.
Before the first drop of His precious blood, Jesus suffered far more
than physical death, He became sin which separated Him from His
Father, in the heart of the earth, in the belly of the whale.
Verses that show sin separates us from God:
"But your iniquities have separated you from your
God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, that He will not
"If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not
hear me."(Psalm 66:18)
Beloved, do not let anyone sow seeds of doubt within
you. They do not understand because they do not know the Scriptures.
The Bible has always been reliable and it will always be. As man
continually changes and rewrites his best guess to impress, the Bible
continues as the solid anchor in truth.
Man continually looks back and tries to manipulate facts to appear
wise and yet fails. God looked forward, wrote it down and gets it
right every time, continuing in truth today as prophesies unfold in
Jesus told us that we would be hated, He said that He tells us these
things that we would not lose peace. So as the world rages over gay
marriage, as false christs come forth and attempt to rewrite what God
said, have no fear. God knows who you are and where your heart is. He
will not leave or forsake you. Hang on to what you have and do your
best to protect your children. Pity those who have caused your little
ones to stumble, God knows who they are and has written that it would
be better if they had never been born.
For many more Scriptures confirming the above, along
with many interesting sidenotes, see
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