Jesus Crucified and Dead
Welcome back to our Easter 2013 series, AGOG – A Glimpse of God. We are now on Day 31 of our adventure, looking together at the life of the most amazing person in human history - Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Today is the last in this series and we look at the events after Jesus’ death!
Jesus was crucified, dead and buried. Frequently Jesus taught that he would rise from the dead. He was mocked for it when on the cross. The disciples had seemingly forgotten this and were hiding in fear at any retribution by the Jewish religious authorities. At his tomb, there were both Temple and Roman Guards to ensure nobody could steal the body of Jesus.
Events at the Empty Tomb
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!’ So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped round Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.
While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, telling them, ‘You are to say, “His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.” If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.’ So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.
Let us first look at the sequence of events over the period of time after Jesus death till He ascended. Now remember, the Gospels are documents which have recorded historical events.
- • Two Marys watch the burial: (Matthew27:61, Mark 15:47, Luke23:54-55)
- • Roman soldiers guard the tomb and place an official Roman seal upon it: (Matthew 27:62-66)
- • Women prepare burial spices then rest: (Luke 23:56)
- • An angel rolls the stone away: (Matthew 28:2-4)
- • Women arrive at dawn with spices: (Matthew 28:1, Mark 16:1-4, Luke 24:1-3, John 20:1)
- • Angels appear to women: (Matthew 28:5-7, Mark 16:5-7, Luke 24:4-8)
- • Women dart back to tell disciples: (Matthew 28:8, Mark 16:8, Luke 24:9-11, John 20:2)
- • Peter and John investigate the empty tomb: (Luke 24:12, John 20:3-9)
- • Before going back home: (Luke 24:12, John 20:10)
- • Mary Magdalene weeps by the tomb: (John 20:11)
- • Mary sees two angels: (John 20:12-13)
That’s all the action at the empty tomb! The risen Jesus, with his new body makes appearances! Let us know look at them!
- • Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene: (Mark 16:9, John 20:14-17)
- • Jesus appears to the other women: (Matthew 28:9-10)
- • Women report to the disciples: (Mark 16:10-11, John 20:18)
- • Guards testify to the priests: (Matthew 28:11-15)
- • Jesus meets two people on the Emmaus Road: (Mark 16:12-13, Luke 24:13-32)
- • Jesus appears to Simon Peter: (1 Corinthians 15:5, Luke 24:34)
- • 2 report to disciples in Jerusalem: (Luke 24:33-35)
- • Jesus appears to the Disciples less Thomas: (Luke 24:36-43, John 20:19-24)
- • Disciples report to Thomas: (John 20:25)
- • Jesus appears to the Disciples and Thomas: (Mark 16:14, John 20:26-29)
- • Jesus appears to seven people: (John 2 1:1-14)
- • Jesus reinstates Peter 3 times: (John 21:15-23)
- • Jesus appears to 500 people: (1 Corinthians 15:6)
- • Jesus appears to James: (1 Corinthians 15:7)
- • Jesus gives the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20)
- • Jesus ascends back to the Father (Acts 1:8-11)
Nobody who could have produced the dead body of Jesus did so. Their silence is as significant as the preaching of the Apostles. Jesus also made a multiple appearances to various numbers of individuals and groups of people at various times of the day and in differing circumstances. When you read the gospel accounts, you will notice the changed attitude of the disciples after seeing the risen Jesus. They changed from defeated, cowardly people full of fear into victorious and brave people. They suddenly became an amazed and overjoyed people! At one appearance, when Jesus broke bread with them, the spiritual eyes of the disciples opened, and Jesus disappeared from them! WOW! The disciples had recognized Jesus! Another appearance shows that Jesus’ resurrection was physical in nature! Note that Jesus has a new body – a resurrection body – a glorified heavenly body! But he is not spirit as he has a body with bears the scars of his crucifixion, as evidenced when meeting with Thomas!
If there was no bodily resurrection of Jesus, would the disciples really have risked persecution and death for knowing a lie? One or two may have done, but not all eleven and thats not including the women! They were full of fear remember! The very existence of the church today, 2000 years after the event, is perhaps the greatest tangible proof of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Jesus did not merely faint on the cross – He died, as attested to by the Roman soldiers, Roman authorities, Jewish authorities, Joseph, Nicodemus, Mary and other women.. If Jesus was not dead on that cross, they would have broken his legs to ensure that He had died. No! Jesus was dead. Jesus rose from the dead, just as he had promised that he would many times during his ministry on earth.
We let the Apostle John have the last word from John 21:25 “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.”
Have you asked Jesus to be your Saviour yet? Jesus – the God-man who conquered sin and death who died and was raised to new life again by God. When you allow Jesus to be your saviour and rely on him for your salvation, you become spiritually alive! Until then, you are spiritually dead. But you can have spiritual life! What are you waiting for? Again, I ask, who do you say the Jesus is? But further, what are you going to do with this Jesus and let Him bring you to life spiritually? It is not too late! Today can be the day of your salvation and new life!
That is the last of this series! Come back every day, where there is something new to help you in your Christian life!
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