Christ's Ressurection

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written by Pastor David Wood

CHRIST'S RESURRECTION

Four different books of the Bible give similar but variant accounts of the events surrounding the resurrection. Each writer gives the details from his own perspective. They in no way contradict each other; in fact, they verify each other. By combining the 4 accounts one can arrive at a full picture of what happened that Resurrection Sunday morning.

On Saturday evening three of the women decided to go back to the tomb where the body of Jesus lay. They intended to re-wrap the corpse with cloths and additional spices.

So, early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, these ladies set out for the garden. By the time they arrived the sun was beginning to rise. On their way to the tomb, the earthquake took place. The earthquake seems to have been centralized! Yet, the earthquake was strong enough that it moved the stone. The soldiers guarding the tomb fell over in a faint.

The ladies entered the tomb, sidestepping the fainted soldiers.
Inside, they saw the angel.
Matthew 28:5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

The angel went on to say:
Luke 24:5,6 . . . Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee.

The ladies actually ran back to the house! Mary Magdalene went immediately to Peter and John.
John 20:2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.

Still in shock, she apparently didn't gather everything the angel had said. All she knew is that the body wasn't there!

At that point, John and Peter ran out of the city all the way to the Garden tomb. John arrived first and looked in. Peter went right on by John.


John 20:5-7 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.

Then it dawned on John. Jesus said this would happen!
John 20:8,9 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.

For some reason, Peter and John didn't communicate with Mary Magdalene what they had concluded. They in their state of shock, didn't notice her return.
John 20:11,15,16 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, Then she sensed that someone else was outside the tomb. Sobbing, she turned, and Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.
She hurried back to prepare the other followers. Then came the other Mary and Salome. Apparently, they didn't meet Mary Magdeline.
Matthew 28:9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

Soon thereafter The LORD talked with the two travelers on the road to Emmaus. Some where along the line, the LORD appeared to Simon Peter as well. Then the LORD met with the assembled disciples in the upper room. One was not there--Thomas.

In the study of these passages one will observe three responses to the resurrection.
These same responses are being repeated today!

Response #1
I. Belief
Like John, they saw and believed!
Out of that belief came several results. There was great excitement! Immediately they began testifying! They were prompted to worship.

Response #2
II. Doubt
In John 20:25 Thomas said, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
Some people insist on having all their questions answered. Like Thomas, they want proof.
John 20:27,28 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

Response #3
III. Rejection
Matthew 28:11-13 Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and showed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.
And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,
Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.
And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.
So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

Knowledge of the resurrection demands a response. Which will be your response– belief, doubt, or rejection?

Acts 16:31 Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.


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