Mark writes, Mark 16:1-8, about faithful women who went to finish the work of anointing Jesus body on Easter morning. They had expected Jesus to be dead and by now that “Rigor mortis” would have set in. “Rigor Mortis” is Latin for “stiffness in death.”
On that Sunday morning Jesus would have been crucified three days ago by Jewish counting of days. Sundown on Friday ends one day. Sundown on Saturday ends the second day and begins the third day.
You ask yourself, “Has it come to this?” Someone once said, “You may be on the right track, but if you just sit there the train will run over you.” There is a person waiting on you in your future and that person is you. Whether you like it or not you are going to have to “let go” and move on.
Grandma had been in bad health for a long time. It was time for her to move into the nursing home. One day her children, grand children, and great grand children went to tell her, “Grandma, the doctors say we can’t do anything else for you and you cannot stay in your house. You must to the nursing home.” Grandma looked at them and said, “Has it come to this?” “Has it come to this?”
Yes, it always does come to this. One way or another there must be that final “letting go” of life as we know it. It always comes to this… Why do we go through life denying that it will come to this?
The resurrection of Jesus; the promise that we will life eternally is about the phrase we all have made or will make, “Has it come to this?” Despite our efforts to keep him out, God intrudes. The life of Jesus is bracketed by two impossibilities: a virgin's womb and an empty tomb. Jesus entered our world through a door marked "No Entrance" and left through a door marked "Only one exit."
And, God did it for you.
The Old Testament contains over 300 references to the Messiah that were fulfilled in Jesus. What chance did Jesus or any other man have of fulfilling these prophecies? The mathematical laws of probability can give us a clue.
In his book “Evidence That Demands A Verdict,” Josh McDowell mentions the work of the mathematician, Peter Stoner, on just eight of the 300 prophecies: "We find that the chance that any man might have lived down to the present time and fulfilled all eight prophecies is one in ten (to the seventeenth power). That would be one in 100,000,000, 000,000,000.
In order to help us comprehend this staggering probability, Stoner illustrates it by supposing that we take ten (seventeenth power). Take that number of silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas. They will cover all of the state two feet deep. Now mark one of these silver dollars and stir the whole mass thoroughly, all over the state. Blindfold a man and tell him that he can travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick up one silver dollar and say that this is the right one.
What chance would he have of getting the right one? Just the same chance that the prophets would have had of writing these eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man. In his little book, “Countdown,” G. B. Hardy has given us some thought-provoking questions about the resurrection. "There are but two essential requirements: 1. Has anyone cheated death and proved it? 2. Is it available to me? Here is the complete record: Confucius' tomb – occupied. Buddha's tomb – occupied. Mohammed's tomb – occupied. Jesus' tomb – empty! Argue as you will, there is no point in following a loser."
Has it come down to this? Dear Friends, Jesus knew it would and that is the reason Jesus died for you; because He knew it would come down to this. Philip Brooks said, “The great Easter truth is not that we are to live newly after death, that is not the great thing, but that we are to live here and now by the power of the resurrection; not so much that we are to live forever as that we are to, and may, live nobly now because we are to live forever.” Are you ready to “Let God” for Jesus the Messiah?
Thanks be to God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen