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Breezin’ Through the Bible #28, Resurrection

April 23, 2014

Resurrection

Friday, and Jesus’ body was nailed to the cross. It was against Jewish law for bodies to be left on the cross on their Sabbath, the holy day, and it was forbidden by another law for Jewish people to touch a dead person, just two of the myriad of laws accompanying the Ten Commandments by the first century, perhaps 365 beginning with “Thou shall not –” 

Roman soldiers removed Jesus’ body from the cross. One of them pierced his side with a sword, but Jesus legs remained unbroken, fulfilling scripture saying, “Not one of his bones will be broken.” The soldiers looked on, and the scripture said, “They will look on the one they have pierced.” Scripture fulfilled.

Joseph of Arimathea, a secret disciple of Jesus, accompanied by Nicodemus, the Pharisee who previously had gone to Jesus at night to question him about faith, anointed Jesus body with 75 pounds of myrrh and aloe and wrapped him in clean linen. They placed him in a new tomb and sealed the tomb with a boulder. These actions were brave and bold for two wealthy and respected Jews.

A huge rock sealed the entrance to the tomb. Later Pilate sent a guard to keep watch that followers of Jesus did not steal the body.

Early Sunday morning Mary Magdalene and Mary, mother of Jesus brought spices to anoint Jesus, wondering how they could roll away the stone at the entrance of the tomb. Suddenly there was a violent earthquake, and an angel rolled back the tomb, telling them, “Jesus has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. There you will see him.” The women were afraid, but filled with joy. They ran to tell the disciples.

Later Mary Magdalene stood outside the tomb weeping. Jesus appeared to her. She thought he was a gardener, “Woman,” the man said, “why are you crying?”

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”

“Mary.” he said, and she recognized his voice.

“Teacher!” she cried

“Tell my brothers I am returning to my Father, to my God and your God.”

Mary went to the disciples with the news, “I have seen the Lord.”

Jesus appeared to the disciples and others many times in the 40 days previous to his ascension. He said to them, “All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and teaching them everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of age.” Then Jesus was taken to heaven and sat down at the place of honor at God’s right hand. 

Thus began the Christian church.

-to be contd.

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