“He is not here: for he is risen…”

Mat 28:1  In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
Mat 28:2  And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
Mat 28:3  His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
Mat 28:4  And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
Mat 28:5  And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
Mat 28:6  He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
Mat 28:7  And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
Mat 28:8  And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

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  • Mary Gehman

    I thank Jesus everyday for living and dying for me, and I pray for the grace to live and die for Him, as well. Thank you for making heaven possible for me and for us all. Amen.
    God Bless and Happy Easter!

  • Wild_Willie

    I am ever so thankful for the sacrifice GOD made for us we all have the ability and opportunity to approach GOD personally without use of an intermediary. It is very comforting to know peace and joy on this earth. I learned to conquer death I only have to die. Have a blessed and respectful Easter/Passover. ww

  • He is risen.

    • yetanotherjohn

      He is risen indeed, alleluia.

  • Paul Hooson

    A very Happy Easter to all of my Christian friends here. It only took one Jewish carpenter who was also a Rabbi and a great teacher to change the world. While many members of the Sanhedrin despised his message as not being a pure version of the Jewish faith, many other Jews loved him and followed him, recognizing that his teachings were mostly paraphrased versions of Old Testament Torah teachings and hardly any form of heresy whatsoever. But, it was difficult to argue with the self-righteous members of the Sanhedrin which were suspicious of any Jewish leader not a member of their small group as well as a Roman government of occupation quick to horribly execute any Jewish leader they feared might fuel a Jewish revolt against their rule. 10 years after Jesus, another great Rabbi, Theudas, also claimed to be a prophet of God and brought 500 followers with him with the intent to call upon God to part the Red Sea as a holy sign, and to unite Jews against Roman rule. But, Rome quickly dispatched a strong army to kill the 500 followers and to bring the head of Theudas back on a pike to instill fear in the Jews not to stage any revolt against Rome. Whether it was the horrible public execution of Jesus or displaying the head of Theudas on a pike, Rome put down any chance of rebellion by the Jews by any Jewish leader who they believed was a threat to their rule.

    Of all the great Rabbi teachers, Jesus proved to be the most important, where about 100 years after his death he became celebrated by a growing group of devout followers, where even Roman leader, Constantine, became the first Christian Roman ruler, where entire armies became baptized into Constantine’s faith when their armies crossed shallow rivers with their horses, and the Christian faith soon became the faith of the Roman Empire and eventually a large part of today’s modern world.

  • Scalia

    Resurrection debate:

    • Paul Hooson

      What is so fascinating is despite Jesus being executed as an insurrectionist prisoner of the Romans, he was allowed a burial in the private tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. It was a huge testament that Joseph was a very important and wealthy Jewish community leader as cremation was the norm among the Romans for persons of all classes including prisoners. By the body of Jesus escaping cremation, and then later missing as acknowledged by both Christian and Jewish scholars, became the cornerstone of faith for the Christians whose faith is hinged on the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. If the body of Jesus would have been cremated as other prisoners or the Roman custom of the time was, there might not have been much basis to establish the Christian faith.

      • Scalia

        So one should be aware that the virgin birth of god-men and their eventual resurrection of ascension to the heavens in one of most common themes among old pagan or other world faiths.

        This is common knowledge among students of history. Although you do not clearly spell it out here, many of those who bring that up do so to discredit Christ’s resurrection as just another fable. In other words, since resurrection/ascension themes are common among ancient religions, it is no surprise that the Christian religion adopted something similar. And since we reject pagan resurrection themes, we may confidently reject the Christian one as well.

        In reply, I would first note that the commonality of such themes may also indicate an understanding given by God that such a thing would one day occur. Recall the Apostle Paul’s statement regarding the Greek altar inscription paying homage to “the unknown God.” Paul used that as an opportunity to preach to the Greeks that unknown God whom they were ignorantly worshiping. In other words, they had a knowledge of Paul’s God, but that knowledge was imperfect. Similarly, ancient pagans may have had an imperfect knowledge of redemption, and it took the Christian message to clarify its purpose. In that light, the resurrection/ascension themes are a testament to its validity.

        Moreover, the specific pagan assertions are not rejected merely because they are pagan. They are rejected because they cannot be defended by using the principles elucidated by Dr. Craig in the above debate. If you can defend any of the other accounts with the same historical analysis as Dr. Craig lays out, I’m all ears. This is not a case of pitting various unsupported claims against each other. The purpose of the debate is to demonstrate that there are sound, logical reasons to believe that the resurrection is the best explanation for the empty tomb.

        • Paul Hooson

          Here is a link to a chart of all of the confused contradictions in Matthew, Luke, Mark and John describing the crucifixion and resurrection description in different terms by each writer. All sound scripture should be written without errors if actually the inspired word of God, but instead we have four writers of scripture not even on the same page when comes to comparable descriptions of the same event. http://outreachjudaism.org/crucifixion-resurrection-chart/

          • Scalia

            Sorry, Paul, but the topic of this thread is not Bible contradictions. I posted a video of a debate on the resurrection. You are welcome to comment on the points raised in the debate and to address the methodological analysis that helps to separate fact from fiction, but I’m not going to get into the alleged contradictions you raise.

            The reason I won’t be doing so is that they are really irrelevant to the issue. In many modern eyewitness accounts of events, you will have witnesses either contradict one another or at least provide inconsistent accounts. However, if there is a common thread which binds every account together, that lends credence to the conclusion that the event occurred. For example, I believe there were at least one or two eyewitnesses of the Pearl Harbor attack who insisted that they saw German planes during the attack. Maybe they did, maybe they didn’t, but nobody on the six Japanese carriers mentioned any Luftwaffe planes in their attack force, and we all know that Germany never built an aircraft carrier. That inconsistency notwithstanding (let’s just assume that there was no video or photographic evidence of the attack), the overwhelming testimony is that an air and sea attack was launched by the Japanese on Oahu.

            Similarly, though several details of the resurrection accounts may vary, including what some may consider either inconsistent or contradictory, they all state that the tomb was empty and that they had seen Jesus alive after the resurrection. As you note, even early Jewish commentators acknowledge an empty tomb. These issues and more are discussed in detail in the debate I provided. Did you watch it? If not, then I encourage you to do so before commenting again on this topic.

          • Paul Hooson

            The scholarly chart proves that the four accounts of Matthew, Luke, Mark and John only seem to agree that there was a Jesus and that he was crucified on some day(which they disagree on) and at some time(which they disagree with) might have carried his own cross(which they disagree with) that an angel might or might not have been present at his tomb(which they disagree with) and his body was missing.

  • pennywit

    Belatedly, happy Easter.