“The Son of Man must be raised the third day”
Luke 9: 22

Reading: John 16; Psalm 16 

Certainly, neither Jesus’ death nor his resurrection took him by surprise. He predicted it many times, albeit in language that his followers found difficult to comprehend at the time. 

For instance, the Gospel of John records that he said “A little while longer and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live you will live also” and then a bit later on it records Jesus saying “A little while and you will not see me and again a little while and you will see me.” The meaning of these sayings is clear to us now but could well have seemed a little cryptic that side of the resurrection. Not so in the Gospel of Luke. Here the Gentile doctor has Jesus saying things like “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and scribes and be killed and be raised the third day” and “They will scourge him and kill him. And the third day he will rise again.” Clear, overt references to his coming  resurrection. Even the Old Testament contains prophecies about Jesus’ resurrection; such as in Psalm 16: 10.

Later in our Death Slayer devotions, when we come to see how enormously significant the resurrection is, we will understand better why God was so careful to lay a clear and uncompromising prophetic foundation.


Thank you Father that you never do anything unless you have first told your prophets. In this way, you arm me with great faith.

For the family

You will find the resource below a helpful guide to celebrating Easter with the family

Celebrate as a family