The third day reminds us of Jesus’ journey to the cross and his resurrection. Just as the earth emerged through the waters, so Jesus was born on earth through the water of Mary’s womb. He wasn’t born circumcised, rather had to be circumcised. He went through thirty years in the “wilderness” of the earth where he grew “in wisdom and in stature, in the favor of God and man” (Luke 2:52). After his time of obscurity was over he went through the waters of baptism. Then immediately he was sent into the wilderness of temptation as the ideal representative of Israel. He came out of the wilderness in the power of the Spirit: bearing good fruit and making the Promised Land once again a place flowing with “milk and honey.” Three years later he again became like a seed and died for our sins. After three days of suffering and obscurity he rose from the dead. He became the firstfruits of the resurrection, pioneering a new harvest that had its initial burst on the day of Pentecost when three thousand people were gathered into the Kingdom in one day. The multiples of three that parallel with the third day of creation are outstanding. Jesus Christ is truly the seed who brings resurrection to those who trust in him. Our only reasonable response is to worship him who is the same “yesterday and today and forever” (Heb. 13:8).
Prayer: God, you are the God of the third day. You are the God of both the cross and the resurrection, of the dry ground and the fruitful Promised Land. Help us to press into all the realities that the third day presents to us, in Jesus’ name.