Evidence of The Resurrection
 

Startling Evidence for The Resurrection

 

Mary Magdalene and several of her friends got out of bed very early on resurrection Sunday morning and hurried to the tomb where Jesus had been buried. But when she arrived, she discovered that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance to the tomb and that Jesus' body was missing!

Horrified, she quickly ran to tell the disciples that His body had been removed from the tomb.

As soon as they found out this distressing news, John and Peter ran to the tomb to see what in the world had happened. John was younger than Peter and so he easily outran him and arrived at the tomb first.

Mary Magdalene followed John and Peter to the tomb. Although the two disciples went home after viewing the tomb, Mary stood outside the burial cave crying. She walked up to the open entrance to the rock-hewn grave and looked inside. An amazing sight caught her attention! Two angels were sitting inside the tomb. 

"Why are you crying," they inquired.

"They have taken away my Lord and I do not know where they have laid Him."

Soon she would see Jesus alive, although at first she thought He was the gardener.  When He called her name, she recognized Him and worshiped Him with unspeakable joy!

John and Peter missed out on what Mary experienced of the angels and of meeting the risen Christ Himself that morning. That's because they left the scene of the tomb to return to be with the other disciples while Mary remained behind at the tomb. 

However, even though they missed out on what she experienced, John believed without even seeing Jesus or the angels either! This is what he saw that caused him to believe. When John and Peter went to the cave to check things out, John didn't go inside right away as Peter did. But John did see the linen burial cloths on the slab where Jesus' body had been placed.

Neither John nor Peter knew that Jesus must rise from the dead, even though Jesus had told His disciples that He would die and then be resurrected after three days.

What convinced John? Was it just the empty tomb itself? No, there was something strangely unusual about the grave cloth.

You see, great care had been taken to enbalm the body of the Lord Jesus. It was wrapped in linen cloths according to the Jewish custom of that day. The Jews used about 100 pounds of spices to apply to the deceased and then wrapped the burial cloth round and round the entire body. You've probably seen Egyptian mummies or pictures of them. The Jews practiced a similar custom when they enbalmed bodies.

The preparation of Jesus' body for burial was done properly. No shortcuts were taken. His body was placed in the tomb fully wrapped from head to toe. His head was wrapped separately with a napkin.  This preparation for burial was done with respect and love by two men who came forward to show their love. These men were Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus. They had not just thrown his body into the cave and left it, but had spent their own money to give Jesus -- who was considered a common criminal -- an honorable burial. In fact, the grave where Jesus was buried belonged to Joseph of Arimathea, who had purchased it for his own burial place.

On the morning of the resurrection, Peter and John were startled when they viewed those same grave clothes. For you see, the linen cloth that that had been glued together with all those spices had collapsed but was still intact. Wonder of wonders -- the body was gone!

Here was supernatural evidence of the resurrection right in the tomb!

Seeing the grave cloth caused John to believe. But Mary had viewed the same grave cloth but had not believed. Why wasn't Mary convinced by looking at the grave clothes as John had been? Apparently she didn't take the time to study them.

When Peter and John viewed the grave clothes, there seemed to be a distance from the napkin around Jesus's head and the rest of His torso. However, both the cloth wrapped around his body and the napkin around His head were intact and not unwrapped. You see -- the Lord rose right through the grave cloth wrappings and passed right through the wall in His resurrection body!

The evidence of the intact and not unwrapped grave clothes reveal that Jesus' body was not stolen by His friends or enemies either. That's because anyone wanting to take His body would have taken Him as he was -- enbalmed. They certainly wouldn't have unwrapped the grave cloth, taken the body out and then rewrapped the grave cloth. His enemies wouldn't have wanted to unwrap the burial cloth either. If someone -- either friend or enemy -- would have tried to steal the body of Jesus, the grave robber would have been in a rush since time would have been of the essence. So Jesus's body was not stolen by friends or enemies either. The Lord Jesus Christ rose supernaturally!

The grave cloths declared that Christ rose from the dead!

The early believers knew that Jesus Christ had risen from the dead! They were willing to preach to the world and die for their belief that Jesus had risen again!

What about you? Do you believe in Jesus Christ's resurrection! Do you believe that He is living? If you trust Him, you will be saved!


Resurrection & life in Christ can be yours too!




Are you thirsty for living water? Come to Jesus, my friend, and drink!



Two Disciples on the
Road to Emmaus

Two of Jesus' followers were on their way back to their home in Emmaus from Jerusalem on the first Easter Sunday.

As they were talking together about all the things that had happened, Jesus Himself joined them. But they didn't recognize Him.

He asked them, "What are you discussing that makes you so sad?"

Cleopas answered, "Are you a stranger in Jerusalem? How come you don't know what's been happening there lately?"

Jesus said, "What things?"

"The things about Jesus of Nazareth, Who was a mighty prophet -- not only in Word but in actions as well. The religious rulers had him condemned to death and crucified Him, but we thought He was the One Who was going to save Israel. And not only that, today is the third day since He was crucified. Some of our women astonished us because they didn't find His body when they visited the grave this morning! Not only that, they told us they had seen angels who told them that Jesus is alive!

Certain disciples who were with us also went to the sepulcher and they found it just as the women had described."

Then Jesus said to them, "O foolish ones and so slow to believe all the prophets have foretold. Shouldn't Christ have suffered and entered into His glory?"

Then beginning with the writings of Moses and all the prophets He shared with them from the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

As they drew near to Emmaus, the stranger acted as though He was going to continue on His journey, but they stopped him and said, "Stay with us, for its getting toward evening and the day is almost over."

And He went in to stay with them.

As He was sharing the evening meal with them, He took bread and blessed it and broke it. And He gave it to them. Immediately their eyes were opened and they knew Him, but He vanished from their sight!

They asked each other, "Didn't our hearts burn within us while He talked with us on the road and when He explained the Scriptures?"

Even though it was night, they hurried back to Jerusalem and found that the 11 disciples who were gathered together and also others who were with them.

The 11 disciples greeted these two believers from Emmaus with startling news, "The Lord is truly risen and He has appeared to Peter!"

Then the two from Emmaus shared with the others how the Lord revealed Himself to them when He broke bread with them.