On the third day, God created everything green that lives on the earth. Specifically, Genesis 1 reads, “11 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 So the evening and the morning were the third day.” NKJV
We also read that on the Third Day, Jesus rose. Paul writes in I Cor 15:4, “He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.”
In the story of creation (however one chooses to define “day”) God created everything green on the third day. This includes everything that provides man with sustenance and food. He gave life to grass and herbs that yield seen and trees that yield fruit.
Jesus also rose on the third day in resurrection power. This is the power that conquered death. Jesus shares His victory over death with us by giving us eternal life. We need this action point by God on the third day to give us spiritual life and power. We need the creation action power of God on the third day to give our bodies life through the food provided by seed, herbs and fruit. Note the link that on the third day, food a nd provision for life is given to us.
Think of this the next time you celebrate Communion where we “take and eat” the body of Christ that rose again on the third day so that we might live on earth and in eternity. On earth, God provides produce for us to eat and have our bodies nourished. In the home of our bodies, He comes to live in us and give us eternal life through Jesus.