The Perfecting on the Third Day – Pastor Stacey Shiflett

The Perfecting on the Third Day

Luke 13:32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.


               A. The Insolence of the Pharisees – vs. 31

There has been some speculation that these Pharisees were trying to protect Jesus.

If so, this is the first time!

It seems that it would be more in keeping with their normal practice to be trying to stop Him.

The sister passage of this story is found in Matthew 23:37.

Jesus had just spent an entire message exposing the lies, hypocrisy and wickedness of the Pharisees.

They were not trying to protect Him. They were trying to get rid of Him!

But instead of owning their hatred and contempt, they tried to blame it on Herod.

Jesus wasn’t preaching about Herod; He was preaching about them!

In Mark 5:17, the devils that possessed the man of the Gadarenes begged Jesus to depart their coasts.

               B. The Invincibility of the Prophet – vs. 32, 33

I love the response of Jesus here!

For those that say calling people names is not Christ-like, this is simply not true.

Jesus sent them back to Herod with a message.

The essence of His message was this: You tell that ole fox that can’t touch me!

This was Herod Antipas. It was his father, Herod the Great that had tried to kill baby Jesus over 30 years prior.

God had supernaturally intervened to protect Jesus by coming to Joseph in a dream.

Jesus was aware of when He would die, how He would die and where He would die.

His message to the Pharisees and to Herod was simply this:

  • I’m going to keep on doing what I’ve been doing!
  • I’m going to go cast out some devils.
  • I’m going to find sick people and “do cures” today and tomorrow.
  • I’m going to walk today, and tomorrow and the day following.
  • I have a plan; I have a purpose; I have a mission and Herod cannot stop me!

               C. The Indictment of the People – vs. 34, 35

This statement by the Lord Jesus Christ was one of pending judgment and desolation.

In Matthew 23:33-39, Jesus warned them of their fatal mistake.

He wanted to gather them as a hen does her baby chicks – “…and ye would not!” (vs. 34)

They had been blessed to have access to prophets, scribes and wise men sent by God Almighty.

Yet, Jesus prophesied that they would kill, crucify, and scourge and persecute them.

In verse 25, Jesus prophesied that the blood of all the righteous blood shall come upon them.

This was an indictment that they understood.

Remember what they told Pilate about the crucifixion of Jesus?

Matthew 27

  • 23 And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crcified.
  • 24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.
  • 25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

NOTE: God will always hold people accountable that had access to truth and rejected it!

God takes that very serious!

Proverbs 1 is a sobering reminder of what happens with God’s patience runs out with people.

That phrase in our text “and ye would not” is also found in Proverbs 1.

Proverbs 1

  • 24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
  • 25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
  • 26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
  • 27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
  • 28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
  • 29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:

The statement that I want to focus on this morning the phrase in verse 32:

  • Luke 13:32 …and the third day I shall be perfected.

NOTE: Jesus was already PERFECT.

The Bible is clear – He was the sinless Son of God.

I Peter 2

  • 21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
  • 22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

Pilate confessed before the people THREE TIMES – I find in him no fault at all. (John 18:38, 19:4 and 19:6)

Paul wrote:

  • 2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

So what does it mean when Jesus said “…and the third day I shall be perfected?”

The meaning of this word PERFECTED here is:to make perfect; complete; to carry through completely; to finish; accomplish; bring to an end

What Jesus was saying to the Pharisees in essence was this:

“You Pharisees may want to finish me off, but that won’t happen today.”

“Herod, that fox may want me off the scene, but I still have work to do.”

  • John 4:34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

Jesus acknowledged that His work was incomplete, but that it would be perfected on the third day.

Jesus was referring to the completion; the finality; the accomplishing of certain things.

What was He talking about?

Let’s look at three of them:

I. On the third day, The Savior’s Prophecies would be perfected.

There’s no question in my mind that Jesus was referring to the resurrection.

Jesus prophesied during his ministry that he would be crucified and then rise from the dead.

  • John 10:18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

And make not mistake; He was crystal clear that the resurrection would occur on the third day.

And just as He said, He rose on the third day.

That is significant.

Jesus prophesied that He would be in the ground for three days and three nights.

To say that is irrelevant or insignificant would be a mistake.

The ministry of Jesus was filled with specific references to “the third day.”

Sample of times Jesus referred to “the third day” in the Gospels: Matthew 16:21; 17:23; 20:19;

It was so important, that Jesus made it one of the many signs to the unbelieving Jews.

Matthew 12

  • 39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
  • 40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Even the chief priests and Pharisees remembered His words about the third day.

Matthew 27

  • 62 Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate,
  • 63 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.
  • 64 Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.
  • 65 Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.

On the third day when He came forth from the tomb, He completed; finished; accomplished; perfected His many prophecies about His own resurrection!

II. On the third day, Salvation’s Plan would be perfected.

Hebrews 2

  • 9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
  • 10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

The resurrection is vitally important to the plan of salvation.

Without the resurrection, there would be no salvation!

The Apostle Paul was crystal clear about that.

Turn to 1 Corinthians 15.

               A. The Message of the Resurrection – vs. 1-11

               B. The Misinformation of the Resurrection – vs. 12, 13; 35

               B. The Magnitude of the Resurrection – vs. 14-26

Conclusion: To be saved, the Bible is clear: Believing in the message of the resurrection is necessary for salvation.

Romans 10

  • 8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
  • 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
  • 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
  • 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

The Perfecting on the Third Day

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Luke 13:32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.

III. On the third day, Sanctification’s Process would be perfected.

  • Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

The Apostle Paul longed to live in the fulness of the power of the resurrection.

Philippians 3

  • 10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
  • 11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
  • 12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

               A. The Picture

  • Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

The life we are to live as Christians is describes as “newness of life.”

This is the resurrected life.

This is experiencing the power of God in our daily life to deliver us from the old man.

The old man was crucified with Christ and buried with Christ.

We were resurrected with Christ and should live a sanctified life – a new life.

               B. The Position

  • 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

               C. The Provision

The filling of the Holy Spirit to help us walk in newness of life.

The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead dwelleth in us!

  • Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

Romans 6

  • 9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
  • 10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
  • 11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

RECKON: to reckon, count, compute, calculate, count over; to take into account, to make an account of

If the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, you are no longer under the dominion of sin.