And the third day he shall rise again

Matthew 20_17-19

And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again. Matthew 20: 17-19 KJV

The Verse of the Day for April 2, 2014 begins with the conjunction “and,” the most frequently used word in the King James Version of the Bible, being used 28,364 times. The figure of speech known as polysyndeton involves using “many ands” where emphasis is placed on each item listed in any series connected by the conjunction. Here “and” is used nine times in the three verses where Jesus prepares his disciples for the forthcoming events which are utterly unthinkable in their minds.
The passage is rendered this way in the Amplified Bible:

17 And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, He took the twelve disciples aside along the way and said to them,

18 Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes; and they will sentence Him to death

19 And deliver Him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and whipped and crucified, and He will be raised [to life] on the third day.

Despite the devastating circumstances that will occur, the Lord proclaims a triumphant conclusion with “and the third day he shall rise again.” We take great comfort in knowing that God, our gracious Father, always has the last say so. . . Amen !

The classic hymn “Christ Arose” reinforces the message of the approaching season celebrating the resurrection of the Savior in this rousing version from the Brookwood Church.

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