Mat 27:50-54 (NKJV)
And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. 51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, 52 and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many. 54 So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!”
They couldn’t bring themselves to believe while He lived, but in death they started to believe. This after all was God’s master plan – death is triumphant in victory. Who could have planned it better? I mean really! Set a plan in motion that includes the main character only being triumphant in death. For His death would be the catalyst for the future of a revival that would not end until He returns again. Signs and wonders marked His life, His death, His resurrection and His return and they would continue to mark the future church, until His return. Jesus Journey to the Cross was really all about His death – what His death would provide for the church throughout the ages. Victory in Life recognizes that deaths must occur if we the church are to be triumphant. Scripture says, “we must die to self”. Paul says, “he dies daily”. Jesus Himself said to the church, “take up our cross”. Jesus again said, “Unless a seed falls to the ground and dies, it cannot bear fruit”. Identifying with Christ’s sacrifice gives us the courage to, “die daily”; to “die to self”; to “take up our cross” and to be willing to allow whatever seed we have in our hand to “die in order for it to bear fruit”.