I recently posted a telephone conversation I had with a confused friend of mine, and this post is just to unmask his confusion. In case you have not read the conversation, it was titled “DID JESUS DIE?” Read it https://meandmygodtoday.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/did-jesus-really-die and let’s get his problem addressed once and for all. His major problem is with this utterance of Jesus in the book of Matthew 12:40, “For as Jonah was in the belly of the fish for three days so will the son of man also be in the heart of the earth for three days.”
To start with, the whole body of Jonah was under the sea for 3 days while Jesus’s body was never put under the earth but rather in a tomb – above the earth. So then and there lies no relationship between the two. Whenever a typology is given in the Bible, it does not necessarily mean that the two would be the same, but rather the latter incidence being the original that the quondam explains.
There are many verses in the Bible confirming that Jesus really died. An example is John 19:31-37. At this point, I would like to ask, “Who determines that someone is dead?” Is it not the doctors, or even ordinary people who are not doctors can also tell? In those days, it was the soldiers who confirmed death when someone was crucified. When it was 6pm and death was not confirmed of a crucified person, their leg bones were broken so they would not be able to raise themselves up to breath and they consequently would die. The Bible says that they broke the leg bones of the two people who were crucified with Christ, but when they got to Christ, He was already dead. They pierced His side to confirm His death, and truly water and blood came out. The soldiers confirmed His death. And this fulfilled scripture that none of His bones will be broken. So at this point, I want to, with confidence, tell you that Jesus really died.
Since He was buried in a tomb, when did He enter the heart of the earth? Whoever dies on earth goes to hades – the world of the dead: the heart of the earth. It is not the body of a man that enters hades but the soul of a dead man. This is where Jesus spent the three days, just as Jonah also did in the belly of the fish. He also could only enter there by death, since this is a principle. So if you believe this comparison in Matthew 12:40, then believe that it was not the whole body of Jesus that entered the earth but rather His soul. There, He preached the gospel to those there, made a public spectacle of the devil and took from the devil the keys of death and hades. On the third day, the new man formed, which is the soul of man(Jesus) and the Spirit of God made one, entered the body in the tomb with so much power and alas! Resurrection. For if Jesus had not risen from the dead, we Christians would have been, of all men, the most pitiable. Glory be to God that He rose again. This is why we claim Him the Christ, simply, the Messiah of the world.
When He resurrected, He was seen by many. The resurrected body of Christ could not be limited by any laws of this world – passing through walls, appearing and disappearing, overcoming gravity, etc. Christ ascended into Heaven, seated at the right hand of the Father.
If you would testify, everything spoken before His life began, were all fulfilled to the latter, not even one was left out. It is this Christ who calls out to all, to come, believe in Him, and be saved. (Mark 16:15-17) “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.” This is the only method to salvation, I know, but very difficult for some to believe. Why? Because He has chosen the foolishness of this world (the gospel) to confound the wise. Take heed.
Jesus Christ was born, Jesus Christ died, and Jesus Christ has risen, HALELLUAH!