“For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Matthew 12:40
Traditionally we have been taught that when Jesus died and was buried; He was in the heart of the earth. For a lot of us we relate to His burial in the same way we relate to our own. Whether in a tomb or in the ground we sometimes tend to think of them as the same. The bible; however; never said that Jesus was buried. Instead it says that He was laid; as in laid to rest. It was as He was laid to rest; that He was restored. Matthew 27: 59-60 says, “When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in clean linen cloth, and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock and rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb and departed.” It is interesting that in this verse of scripture it says that he hewed out of the rock instead of a rock. In other words, the Rock was laid to rest in the rock. The rest here is a Sabbath rest. It is a returning to the Father. In John 14:28 He says, “You have heard Me say to you, “I am going away and coming back to you.” If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, “I am going to the Father.” For My Father is greater than I. “Exodus 31:15 says, “Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh is the Sabbath of rest…” It just so happens that Passover falls on the seventh day when you line up time according to scripture. (see His calendar at www.ministryofone.info). Only He could restore Himself. So, if the tomb is not the heart of the earth; then what is? To truly understand this, we must see it through the eyes of the Lord. The heart is the part of the body that the blood flows from. Nothing flows from the grave or a tomb for that matter. My question is where did Jesus (Yeshua) blood flow from? Some of us might say the cross, but His blood started flowing before He got to the cross. Did not His blood flow from the streets of Jerusalem. He was in Jerusalem when His pouring out began.
You see in Matthew when it talks about Him being three days and three nights in the heart of the earth; He had entered Jerusalem two days before Passover. This makes Passover the third day. Mark 14:1 says, “After two days it was the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened bread, and the chief priests and scribes sought how they might take Him by trickery and put Him to death.” From His triumphal entry in Mark 11 to His crucifixion in Mark 15 it is 3 days; all of which He spent in Jerusalem. Another definition for the word heart is the central part of something. Jerusalem has always been and always will be the center of the things of God. It is the place where the life of the flesh, or life of sin dies (crucifixion), and the life of the Spirit or the life of righteousness begins. (resurrection) No other place on earth has the Lord placed His name on, keeps His eyes on, died in, rose in, and will return to. That is truly the center of the earth. No other place qualifies.
Peace and Blessings,
All scripture comes from the NKJ version