“There was a garden near the place he was crucified, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been placed.” (John 19:41 MSG)
Our story began in a Garden. It is fitting then that it should end in one as well. However, while the one story ends, a whole new story begins! For this slain Savior, this Royal Son, this Noble Man is going to rise from the dead and be crowned Lord of All.
He will conquer death and the grave, and defeat The Serpent once and for all.
We have already seen how Psalm 22 provides an astounding glimpse into the Crucifixion of The Child. Shortly we will delight is reading how Psalm 24 heralds His resurrection and ascension into Heaven. Which leaves us with Psalm 23 placed in between the two.
Most of us are familiar enough with Scripture to know that Psalm 23 is the Shepherd Psalm. But what we may have never realized is that it provides us with a prophetic glimpse into the mindset of Jesus while He was in the tomb, awaiting His resurrection.
Now hold on to your hats, because what you’re about to read is going blow your mind!
Yes, The Child has been slain on the Cross and The Serpent undoubtedly gloats over the Fallen Heir – supposing he had won the day. But The Child, though laying cold in the tomb, rests in the care of His Father; knowing He will not be left in the grave.
And in the quietness of His entombment He sings, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His names sake. ” What poetic language to describe what has heretofore stood as man’s greatest fear – being dead and buried.
Cold tomb? No, “green pastures!” Darkness and decay? No, “still waters!” Lost and forgotten? No, “restored and led in paths of righteousness!”
How beautiful to know that a restoration is taking place as God repairs the damage done to His darling Son on the Cross. There in the Garden Tomb, away from the eyes of the world, all the sin which Jesus took into Himself is now being deposited where it belongs — in the grave.
Yes, a resurrection is coming; and the Savior knows it. Hear His tomb-song continue — “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me,” He sings to His Father. “ Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
As for the gloating of His enemies, He sets the record straight, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.”
And then He states His confidence in the impending resurrection from the dead – “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23:1-6 NKJV)
S. M. Lockridge, that prince of preachers, put it this way, “Jesus cleaned out the tomb and made it a pleasant place to wait for the resurrection!”
Seeing He had already done this, then surely The Lord can see you through whatever entombment you may be facing today! Oh, lift up your voice and sing this Psalm to the Heavens and let your heart rest in hope of better things than that which now befalls you.
A resurrection is coming!