Cleaned by Jesus

This blog was adapted from a recent sermon I taught from Haggai. You can access the original sermon audio here. Can you imagine being a total outcast? If so you can relate to the woman in Luke 8. The Gospel tells us that Jesus gets the call to go heal Jarius' daughter who was dying. Jesus goes on his way and the crowd pressed in all around him.

An Unclean Woman Made Clean

We are told that in that crowd is a woman who has had chronic menstraul bleeding for twelve years. She has spent the past 12 years and every penny trying to figure out what was wrong with her. However no one could heal her. No doctor could help her.

According to the Law she was ceremonially unclean. She was an outcast, she was alienated. No one could be around this woman lest they became unclean by touching her. This woman was completely and totally alone. No one would touch her. No one would shake her hand. No one would give her a hug. She was unclean. As Jesus is making his way through the crowd she has a crazy thought. She had heard about Jesus. She heard that he was a healer. Then she had this crazy thought – "If I could just touch his garment, I could be healed." So she goes and she fights her way through the crowd and she is able to just barely touch the fringe of Jesus' garment and at that moment she is instantly healed. The unclean woman is made instantly clean. Jesus realizing what just happened stops the crowd and asks who touched him. The woman falls on her face in the presence of everyone and confesses what she did. Jesus tells her "daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace".

Holiness is Not Contagious

This story is amazing. In Haggai 2:10-14, the prophet uses an priestly illustration of the nature of holiness. Here is the words Haggai penned:

“On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came by Haggai the prophet, “Thus says the LORD of hosts: Ask the priests about the law: ‘If someone carries holy meat in the fold of his garment and touches with his fold bread or stew or wine or oil or any kind of food, does it become holy?’ ” The priests answered and said, “No.” Then Haggai said, “If someone who is unclean by contact with a dead body touches any of these, does it become unclean?” The priests answered and said, “It does become unclean.” Then Haggai answered and said, “So is it with this people, and with this nation before me, declares the LORD, and so with every work of their hands. And what they offer there is unclean.” (Haggai 2:10–14, ESV)

Haggai says imagine someone is carrying around holy meat (meat sacrificed on the alter to the Lord) in a special garment. Haggai then said what if you take that garment, that was wrapped in the Holy meat and what if I touched this piece of bread with it? Haggai asks them, "Would this make the bread holy?" The priest answer, "No". Holiness is not contagious. It doesn't pass from one thing to the next.

Then Haggai said, well what if someone who is unclean by touching a corpse then goes to touch the bread what would happen to it? Well that food item would become unclean. Well what is Haggai's point? Defilment is contagious, uncleanness passes to other objects but holiness does not.

But Jesus' Holiness is Contagious

Now knowing this, think back to the bleeding woman. You see when this unclean woman went to touch Jesus. When she made contact with Jesus, Jesus should have then been unclean. Remember defilement is contagious, if you touched a woman like this you were to be ceremoniously unclean. Yet the opposite happens! The cleanliness of Jesus is imputed to this woman. Jesus' holiness is contagious and it is passed to this woman through her faith. In Haggai, that garment containing the holy meat would not transmit holiness to another object, yet here the garment containing the holy meat, the lamb of God, passes cleanliness to this woman! Why? Because Jesus is the holy one of God. He is undefiled and completely pure!

This is the beauty of the Gospel, that Jesus takes our uncleanliness and our sin and washes us with his blood. We are unable to make ourselves clean, but Jesus cleanses us and purifies us. In all our guilt and filth, Jesus cleans us and makes us his own!

The Heart of a Rapist

Rape is one of the most disturbing of sins. It is a violent, cruel, and inhuman act. The Bible tells the story of reality. The Bible is not afraid to plunge into the darkness of sins like rape. In 2 Samuel 13, there is a tragic account of a brother, Ammon who raped his half-sister Tamar. The rape is a gruesome, premeditated act. Amnon was sick with lust for Tamar. He wanted her so badly. He filled his mind constantly with sexual fantasies and daydreams that he tortured himself. Sin was crouching at his dour ready to pounce and devour him. We can learn something here about our own hearts and our temptation to sin. The old man creeps in our hearts often tempting us to go back to our sinful way of life. When this happens, we cannot feed our temptations. We must put our sin to death. We cannot sit and dream and imagine what it would be like to act out on them. We must never entertain the thought of indulgence. Yet this is what Amnon did and his pet sin quickly escalated to a uncontrolable desire. Then at the operative time, Satan brought a man to encourage Amnon to act out on his lust. His name was Jonadab, a cousin of Amnon and Tamar. This wicked man put the beginnings of an elaborate plan together to help Amnon indulge in his lust.

Amnon's elaborate plan unfolds, and when she is unwilling to lay with him, he forces himself on her. Tamar's rape is heart breaking and tragic. After Amnon forced himself on her we are told in verse 15 that Amnon "hated her with a great hatred so that the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had for her". The sole object of all his lust immediately becomes the object of his hate. Indeed, his hate was greater in intensity than the original lust. Why did Amnon respond this way? I suggest three possible reasons:

1. The fantastical delusion did not match up with reality. The pleasure was not nearly as great as the temptation promised. It was much more uglier and disturbing than he could have imagined. Sin promises us fulfilment and joy if we succumb to its pressure, but the opposite always takes place. In the aftermath of our sin we see that temptation not only failed to come through with its promise, but the whole fantasy was a lie. Amnon hated himself for being so foolish as to believe the lie.

2. The shame of his sin became unbearable. Often in the aftermath of sinful indulgence, shame immediately grips us. We know we've done wrong and we know we failed. Our temptation is to hide just as Adam did. Amnon wanted to quickly dispose of Tamar forgetting the whole thing because he was so ashamed of his sin.

3. Amnon blamed his sister for his sin. This is absolutely vile that he would blame the victim rather than himself. Yet this is the heart of a man who has been lost in his sin. Rather than pointing the finger at himself and practicing true repentance, Amnon took out his anger on the person whose life he just tore apart. This is what many who molest, abuse, or rape actually do. Rather taking responsibility for their own sin they angrily take it out on their victims. It is despicable, condemnable and it is going to send poor Tamar to the breaking point.

After Amnon has his way with Tamar, he kicks her to the street. Tamar's response to this is hard for us to understand in our culture. In verse 16 she tells Ammon that sending her away is "greater than the other you did to me" How is kicking her out worse than raping her? Tamar was a virgin, and the significance of this is greatly lost to modern minds. As a result it is even more difficult for us to see the horror of what actually takes place here. Well to women in ancient Israel their future hope was tied to their virginity. If they were to marry a wonderful man they were to remain a virgin. Amnon had now defiled her. Her life is literally ruined. No man would now marry her now, and he kicks her out to live alone, abandoned. you see both Amnon and Tamar knew the Law of Moses. In Exodus 22:16 and Deuteronomy 22::28-29 God commands that if a man rapes a woman he is forced to marry her and he was never permitted to divorce her. This is so her needs might be met. The rapist was not to take responsibility for her. Yet Ammon the pig, rapes her and abandons her. THis is why Tamar is so distraught as she walks out. Not only was her virginity taken, but so her hopes and dreams of ever finding love.

What can be learned from this disturbing rape account in the Bible?

1. The heart of a rapist is a heart devoured by sin. It is a reminder to all of us the power sin can have in our lives and an urgent call to repent and put to death any sin that may dwell in our hearts. Do not feed your pet sin so that it grows big enough to devour you. Put it to death through the power of the Holy Spirit.

2. It reminds us of the horror of sexual abuse. We live in a sexually charged society, and sexual abuse is rampant. Rape happens every day behind close doors in secret. It is a crime that demands justice. In Tamar's case, justice would eventually be had when her brother Absalom murders Amnon for his crime because Tamar's father, Kind David did nothing in providing justice. May we seek justice for those victims of sexual abuse. May we fight for their freedom.

3. It reminds us that we need Jesus. How can anyone ever heal from a rape of a family member like Tamar? It will not be easy, but Jesus provides healing. God is a God of justice and no sin goes unpunished. God is the loving father who longs to wrap his arms around these victims of sexual assault and cloth them in his righteousness.

The heart of man is desperately wicked. Despite how much we try to see humanity as good. Crimes like rape remind us just what atrocities men are capable of doing. We need redemption. We need restoration. We need forgiveness. We need Jesus.

A King's Generosity

Have you ever received someone's incredible generosity? Have you ever been so richly blessed for no reason at all? This is exactly what God does for us in Jesus Christ.  In the OT in the book of 2 Samuel we are able to see a foreshadow of the beauty of the Gospel in King David. In 2 Samuel 9 the grace of King David points to the grace of King Jesus. David is quite prosperous as king thanks to the Lord's favor (2 Sam 8). In chapter 9, David begins to look for a relative of his friend Jonathan whom he can shower with blessings.  How great is God that he graciously seeks us out! So to David seeks and finds a crippled son of Jonathan named Mephibosheth. David brings him in before him and shows him great generosity "for the sake of his father Jonathan".

Mephibosheth was fearful to come before King David. He was afraid rightly so for the glory and the power of the king could have executed poor crippled Mephibosheth right then and there. Mephibosheth knew of the struggle between his grandfather Saul and David. The rivarly was aware by all the nation, especially in the family. We are first introduced to this son of Jonathan in 2 Samuel 4:4. At the news of the death of his grandfather and father, Mephibosheth fleed with his nurse. The boy was but five years old at the time. From his childhood he lived in fear as David ascended to power. Would David it have it out for him because of his grandfather Saul? Or whould he be gracious on account of Jonathan? Did Mephibosheth even know of the friendship his father shared with David? Knowing this we can understand his fear approaching the throne of the King. Expecting death, he received life. Exepecting anger form the king he received joy. All this on account of his father Jonathan. So it is with us concerning Christ.  We receive all our blessings and rewards not on our own righteousness, but solely because of the righteousness of Christ.

So to are we cripplied in helplessness. Unable to find prestige our honor because of our weakness. Our sin has crippled our feet. Yet God shows profound mercy to us, not through any doing of our own, but through the righteousness of Christ. In this passage Jonathan's righteousness is imputed to his son in King David's eyes. Mephibosheth did nothing to earn the favor of David other than the fact he is the seed of his father Jonathan. So do we receive our righteousness before God.

We receive it, not on the account of our own, but on the account of Christ, credited to us. We share the blessings of God because we to are found the blood of Christ, the second adam. Washed in his blood we too can be found righteous and blameless before God. This righteousness credited to us gives us access to God himself. Just as Mephibosheth always ate at the Kings table, so to will we for all eternity eat with the King of heaven and earth.

This story is an amazing foreshadow of the Gospel, a type that finds its meaning in Christ. Take heart today that God has loved you in lavishing you with blessing. Fall on your knees in worship, knowing it is only because of Christ you are so lavishly blessed!

An Uninvited Guest - Luke 7:36-50

The Following is a Modified Version of my sermon from Luke 7:36-50 preached at Forest Hills Baptist Church on May 19, 2013.  You can access the sermon audio here. Imagine being invited to a formal dinner and there is a special guest of honor, an up incoming teacher everyone is talking about. You are invited.  You make it on the exclusive list.  It is at a huge house of a respected man in your community.

You arrive at the formal dinner, and it is going great.  You still can't believe you were even invited.  The discusions begin to break out with this respected teacher and you are just soaking it all in.  Then there is a ring at the door. The host with a surprised look on his face gets up and answers.

The all of the sudden, in barges a young woman dressed in a low cut blouse and a mini skirt. She looks like she is a prostitute. She  barges in and runs over to the guest of honor while he is eating and takes of her top and then takes expensive massage oil and begins caressing the guest and massaging his neck.

You are sitting their watching this whole scene unfold and everyone at the dinner is giving each other strange looks.  The guest of honor though doesn't stop this woman.  He is allowing this to happen!  Then you notice something really strange.  The woman is weeping loudly as she messages the guests neck. She is crying her eyes out in sorrow.

This is a bizarre scene, socially taboo, provocative, erotic, and scandalous. What would you do in this situation? What would you think about the teacher who just let the woman massage his neck? What would you think about the woman? How would you expect this up incoming teacher to respond?

Well this sort of scene is almost exactly what we see happen in Luke 7:36-50.  Read through the passage and ask yourself a question. Who are you in this passage? Are you like this sinful woman or are you like Simon the Pharisee?

Based off of Luke's description of this scene, this dinner seems to be based on a Greek Synopsium.  The way these dinners would work, is that a respected, wise host would invite several of the socially elite to have dinner with an important guest.  At this dinner party, they would recline along the table, laying down on their sides to eat.  This formal affair would involve a series of debate over crucial issues, centering around the special dinner guest.

This seems to be the type of dinner recorded in this passage.  Simon, a Pharisee and respected religious leader, invites the up incoming young Rabi, Jesus.  Jesus accepts the invitation and they are reclining at the table discussing and debating a variety of theological issues. This was a formal, socially elite type of an event.

A Sinful Woman Interrupts

The way homes were constructed back then is that in rich people's homes there was a semi-public area of the house. There was a section for the public to stand on the street and look in and observe the conversation and dialogue. With all the commotion going on about Jesus, I'm sure a lot of people were looking and listening intently about what was being discussed at this dinner.

Knowing this, it is easy to see how this sinful woman enters into the scene.  She was probably standing in the public area and then breaks social protocol by interrupting the dinner. All we are told about this woman is that she was a woman of the city, who was a sinner. This probably means that she was known for being a prostitute or at least for being sexually promiscuous. This woman sneaks up behind Jesus who is reclining at the table and began washing his feet with her tears.  She then takes an expensive ointment and anoints Jesus' feet with it.

What this woman was doing was socially taboo.  In fact the act she is performing could be considered an erotic one.  Woman in the 1st century did not take down their hair.  They kept it covered.  The only time you took down your hair as a woman is when you were in the bedroom. This woman taking down her hair in public is the social equivalent of going topless. Then she begins to wash Jesus' feed with her hair which is a very sensual act.  Then she impulsively takes this expensive ointment and anoints Jesus' feet with it. The strangest thing is that this woman is weeping, crying enough tears to wet Jesus' feet with them.

The Heart of the Sinful Woman

What can be said of this woman? She did not know much about Jesus, but she knew that he was a friend of sinners.  What desperation had led this woman to do such an act of love and sacrifice that would expose her to so much ridicule? She had hit rock bottom and had no where else to turn.  She throws herself at the feet of this rabi showing love in the only way she knew how, through sensuality. This sinful woman is broken. She knows she is a sinner. She knows what she has done with men behind close doors.  Her memories haunted her. Her sin always before her. At the end of her rope she had no one else to go to, nothing left to live for, so she throws herself at the only man she thinks she can trust. In her desperation, her shame, her guilt, her hopelessness she falls at the feet of Jesus.

Who are you? Are you this woman? Are you enslaved to the memories of your past sin? Do they haunt you when you lay your head down on the pillow at night? Do you feel used, abused, and totally abandon? Is there no one who loves you and no one you can go to? Are you in surrounded in the black darkness of despair? If so, you can connect with this woman. She is just like you and she throws herself at Jesus.

Oh the risk this woman took! Breaking all social etiquette she threw herself on a rabi she only has heard of not knowing how he would react! Would Jesus rebuke her? Would he threaten her? Would he refuse her love?

Jesus Doesn't Stop the Woman

This woman's risky action of love is not the only surprising thing in this story.  Jesus' response is equally shocking and scandalous.  Jesus doesn't stop the woman, but allows her to continue groveling and weeping at his feet. Rather than kicking the woman off, rejecting her, Jesus allows her to continue to show him deeply sacrificial love.

This is what really throws off the dinner party guests. They can understand a prostitute barging in and doing this.  She is a sinner, she doesn't know any better so they think.  But Jesus allowing this to happen? That is unthinkable! How could a respected religious leader and a man who claims to be a prophet allow such a thing to happen? This leads us to see Simon, the dinner's hosts reactions to this event.

 Simon's Reaction

We are told in verse 39 that Simon was thinking to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner." Not only is Simon disgusted by this woman who is a sinner, he is disgusted that Jesus would allow this. Simon then begins to question that Jesus is even a prophet. Men of God don't allow this sort of thing to happen to them, so Simon thinks.  However Jesus is not just a man of God, he is God himself.

Jesus, reading Simon's mind (cause Jesus can do that, he is God), says, "Simon, I've got something to say to you". Simon says, "Say it teacher".  Jesus then begins to respond with a parable of two debtors.  Two men owe money.  One owed 500 denari the other 50.  The lender cancels the debt of both men.  Jesus looks to Simon and asks him, "Which of these two men loved him more".  Simon answers, "I suppose the one who was canceled the larger debt"

Simon answers Jesus' question correctly.  The one that was canceled the larger debt would love the lender more. Then rather than rebuking this woman, Jesus rebukes Simon.

Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment.” (Luke 7:44–46, ESV)

This sinful woman has shown more hospitality and love to Jesus than Simon did. Here Jesus begins to reveal to Simon his hardened heart. Simon didn't really love Jesus, he was just using Jesus to increase his own reputation. Simon is far more concerned with his own prestige and reputation. Simon, the self-righteous Pharisee does not know what it means to love God, and Jesus helps give us the answer to why.  Jesus sums up his point to Simon in verse 47:

 "Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven - for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little".

Why does Simon not show extravagant love like this woman does? Why does this woman love Jesus' so much more than simon does? It is because Simon does not see himself as much of a sinner. As a Pharisee he isn't like this woman, he hadn't whored himself out like this woman did. He was better than she was. He had kept the Law, he had been obedient to God.  Simon does not have a need for a savior and doesn't need forgiveness.

The Heart of Simon

Oh how wretched is the heart of a Pharisee! For they have blinded themselves to the depths of their own sin.  Thinking they can earn God's favor through their own obedience all the while neglecting their very own hearts.  They seem close to God outwardly but in reality their hearts are desperately wicked.  Like white washed tombs clean and spotless on the outside, they are rotting and decaying on the inside. Hypocrites is what they are! Self-Righteous in all their doings, obeying not out of love but in order to boost their own egos! They think they are sinless all the while ignoring one of the most condemnable of sins, the poison and detestableness of Pride!  Is Simon a little sinner? By no means! He is just as much of a sinner as this sinful woman, yet his own self-righteousness blinds him to the actual state of his soul.

The Heart of a Pharisee

Again I ask, who are you? Are you Simon? I suggest most of us, including myself are much more like Simon. Many of us have grown up in the church attending Sunday School going to church every time the doors were open. Unfortunately for many of us our devotion has not been to Christ but to religious tradition. We struggle with feeling morally superior to everyone else who is not like us.  Unfortunately for many of us our obedience has been only to fuel our own self-righteousness.  Rather than becoming aware of our need for Christ, we think we are so good we don't need Jesus.  Who are the Pharisees in our day? Unfortunately they are found in churches scattered across our nation. Many of us, including myself, have a pharisaical heart.

We have become so captivated with tradition, ritual, and habit that we have ignored the world around us.  When we come across sinners how do we respond? We look down in judgement to the homosexual condemning them in hate. We look down in judgement on the sexually immoral. We look down on those who spend their nights drinking away their cares at the bars. We despise the poor and self-righteously walk by the homeless.  So who are you? Do you have the heart of a Pharisee?

Who is Jesus?

The question remains, who is Jesus? In v. 48 Jesus tells the sinful woman, your sins are forgiven".  Then the debate really begins to break out around the dinner table. "Who is this who even forgives sins?"  You see Jesus is no ordinary Prophet.  He is no ordinary teacher.  Jesus is God in the flesh. He is the one true God who has the authority and power to look at this woman and forgive her of her sins. What this woman longed for more than anything was forgiveness and acceptance.  Jesus gives it to her.  Jesus tells us that what has saved this woman is her faith.  It is her faith that has saved her.  Who has she placed her faith in? Well she placed her faith in Jesus.

Just as this woman was forgiven of her sins by trusting in Jesus so you and I are forgiven by placing our trust in Jesus.  It is Jesus who came to earth on a mission, to save sinners.  Jesus would go to the cross, and he would be crucified paying the punishment due our sin.  At the cross Jesus paid not only for the sins of the sinful woman but also for the sins of the Pharisee. Jesus has done that for us!  He has laid down his life for you and for me, and all we must do is respond like this woman.  We must fall at the feet of Jesus putting our faith and trust in him as the savior of our souls.

Who is this Jesus? He is the savior of sinners.  He alone has the power to forgive sins!

So Who are You?

Are you like simon the self-righteous Pharisee? If so do not think of yourself as a little sinner, but a great sinner.  Repent of your self-righteousness and put all your hope on Jesus.  Become a fool like this sinful woman and throw yourself at his feet in desperation.

Are you like the sinful woman? Have you reached the end of your rope.  You do not know what else to try. Your plagued by guilt and you are all alone in this world.  Throw yourself at the feet of Jesus.  Jesus loves you and he died on the cross so that he could forgive you of your sin.  Come and place your trust in Jesus.

Was Jesus Forsaken by God on the Cross?

3647674018_d1aa8dac84_bOne of Jesus's last words on the cross is a mysterious phrase. As darkness sets over Jesus he cries out, "My God, my God, why have your forsaken me?" It is interesting to note that even the most liberal and critical New Testament scholars believed that Jesus said "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Why? Because it seems like Jesus has finally cracked. His whole arrest, trial, flogging, and crucifixion Jesus says absolutely nothing in Mark's Gospel. "Like the sheep before its shearers, he is silent and does not open his mouth." But here in v. 34 Jesus finally breaks, crying out that he has been forsaken by God, believing that God had abandoned him, right? Well there is more going on here then meets the eye.

What Jesus cries out is the first line of Psalm 22. Jesus is quoting a Bible verse. You see, there were no chapters and verses in the bible originally. Those were added much latter. In Jesus' day, the way you referred to a passage was often by quoting the first line. This is what Jesus is doing here. So to understand what Jesus means by this cry we must turn to look at Psalm 22. Read through these few selected verses from Psalm 22:

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest.” (Psalm 22:1–2, ESV)

“But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads; “He trusts in the LORD; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”” (Psalm 22:6–8, ESV)

“For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet— I can count all my bones— they stare and gloat over me; they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.” (Psalm 22:16–18, ESV)

The Psalm seems so clearly to point to Jesus that it is astonishing. On the cross Jesus was experiencing incredible physical suffering but also spiritual suffering as he was bearing God's righteous wrath for the sins of God's people.

Although Jesus quotes Psalm 22 in reference to his horrific, unjust death, I believe that Jesus is also quoting this Psalm in hope of his deliverance. Jesus was forsaken by God, but he had confidence that he would be delivered. When we look at Psalm 22 as a whole it makes much more since. Jesus quoting this Psalm indicates the extreme pain he was enduring, but he was also proclaiming his own deliverance.

In Psalm 22:19 the tone of the psalm changes from lament to hopeful deliverance:

"But you, O Lord, do not be far off! O you my help, come quickly to my aid! Deliver my soul from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dog!"

Jesus was forsaken by God, but he had confidence that he would be delivered. When we look at Psalm 22 as a whole it makes much more since. Jesus quoting this Psalm indicates the extreme pain he was enduring, but he was also proclaiming his own deliverance.

Jesus quoting this Psalm causes the crowd to believe that Jesus is calling for the prophet Elijah to deliver him, so the crowd gives Jesus some sour wine to quench his thirst to see if he will hold on for a bit longer. This is not an act of compassion, but an act of hate. I think the crowd is wanting Jesus to hold on because I think they want Jesus to break. He had been being mocked and ridiculed and they want Jesus to feel the isolation of being abandoned by God.

What the crowd didn't know, is that Jesus would actually be delivered, not by Elijah, but by God himself. His deliverance would not be immediate, but delayed by 3 days when Jesus rises from the grave!

When we look at Jesus' words on the cross as Jesus quoting Psalm 22 we get much greater insight into what Jesus was thinking in the final hours of his life. Jesus did not believe he was abandoned by God, but knew that God would deliver him on the third day as he would rise again!