Read Luke 24:1-8
He’d been crucified then laid to rest in a borrowed tomb. Make no mistake, He would not use it for long, just three days, in fact. The journeye, He’d promised, would lead to an empty tomb, death having been conquered, sin having been laid to rest.
Since before He was born in the Bethlehem stable, Jesus’ journey was headed for the empty tomb. He’d promised it, predicted it, spoken of it many times. Yes, He had promised an empty tomb!
“Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”
They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” But the temple he had spoken of was his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.
(A)s Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.
The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.