5. Jesus Returns From Hell

If there was one time where God had the opportunity to abandon his building, it was at the crucifixion. Many years earlier than that, king David had spoken words that related to Jesus and that very issue of abandonment,

Acts 2:25: For David says concerning him, I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; 26. therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope. 27. For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption. ESV

God had the opportunity here to abandon his whole building of Christ, and to leave it in hades (ie. tomb, place of the dead). But it was clear that he wouldn't do that, because he cared about that building, and wouldn't suffer it to be abandoned.

Acts 2:29: "Brothers, I may tell you freely of the patriarch David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30. Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, he would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, 31 he foreseeing this spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that neither was his soul left in Hades, nor did his flesh see decay. 32 This Jesus God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. WEB

That wasn't just the physical body of Jesus himself. That represented also all the people who identify with Jesus and come to be redeemed in him.

Romans 6:4: We were buried therefore with him through baptism to death, that just like Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life. 5. For if we have become united with him in the likeness of his death, we will also be part of his resurrection; WEB


Sometimes the death of Jesus is just presented as a substitution. The idea goes that God was angry and just needed to kill someone for sin. Then, to save us, Jesus took the anger, died instead of us. This isn't the teaching of the Bible, and we know it isn't true because God's plan was that Jesus should rise from the dead, together with those “buried” with him. Jesus wasn't to be abandoned in the grave, and his believers weren't to be left disconnected from God.

Instead, we join to Jesus, to die together with him and live together with him. If we become part of God's building, Jesus' death is one we can share in, and with it, his life. In God's plan we were to abandon the buildings of our old lives of sin, and become part of that new building in Christ that would never be abandoned.

This new building in Christ is central to God's plan. What happens to it matters to him, from the minor details through to the issue of life itself,

Acts 2:22: "Men of Israel, hear these words! Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved by God to you by mighty works and wonders and signs which God did by him in the midst of you, ... 24. whom God raised up, having freed him from the agony of death, because it was not possible that he should be held by it. WEB

It wasn't possible for God to abandon his son. That's the very son that we can be part of.

God Cares

From looking at the world around us, we may feel that God is indifferent to the things that we do on a day to day basis. We may feel that we have a private life that God isn't part of. A life where God doesn't mind what we do. However, the Biblical record is clear that God really does care about our lives. It's not just a case of caring that we be saved, but taking a genuine interest and involvement in our daily walk.

When we break the windows of our lives, we break the windows of God's house. He feels it. When we obey God, he is there to see it, and it makes a difference to him.