What did NOT happen?

18aa3cf260573c7fMuch was documented, therefore known, but what did NOT happen on the very first Resurrection Day of Jesus Christ. The most interesting details are worth recounting. As Jesus prayed in the garden, He knew what He would soon suffer and said “Not My will, but Thy will be done.” Judas, the betrayer, knew this place, because Jesus had often gone there with his disciples. The leading priests and Pharisees had given Judas a contingent of Roman soldiers and Temple guards to accompany him. Now with blazing torches, lanterns, and weapons, they arrived at the olive grove. Jesus fully realized all that was going to happen to Him, so He stepped forward to meet them. “Who are you looking for?” he asked.  “Jesus the Nazarene,” they replied.  I am He,” As Jesus said I am He,” they all drew back and fell to the ground!” John 18:1d331f315248c50f5

Interesting that this large contingent of soldiers and Temple guards all fell to the ground when Jesus spoke “I AM HE”. — These Roman soldiers most likely talked about what made them fall to the ground. Later, with fear and trembling, the same temple guards watched the Temple curtain tear from top to bottom! The Temple guards must have known that they just crucified an innocent man, perhaps even the Messiah!  The leading priests and Pharisees had dispatched Judas to arrest this dangerous man that threatened their long held visions of what the Messiah would look like. Jesus did not match their vision and He threatened their knowledge of the Torah.  What did NOT happen at the cross of Jesus? Jesus was NOT put to death, Jesus laid down His life. Matthew 20:28.  Jesus was NOT disgraced by being crucified, Jesus was glorified. The eternal Godhead; Father God, Jesus the Son, the Holy Spirit did NOT die as God cannot die, He was before the beginning, and He has no End.  Eternity is beyond human comprehension or definition.  Jesus, the second person of the Godhead, went to be with the Father, and prepare a place for us. He said He will return to take us where He is, and that truth is to be believed and held onto as our HOPE.  Matthew 28:19 + John 10:30 + Ephesians 5:22-30  God established the model for social unity. He designed the Church to be His voice and hands on earth until He returns.  17966130_1377589275597175_5118048379088690072_oThe women and the disciples did NOT believe that Jesus was resurrected. They believed the way we believe, by the testimony of the Father, Son, Holy Spirit.  In their minds and hearts they knew Jesus was dead, laid in the tomb. As the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, Jesus defines eternity. While He was with us on earth He said “The Father and I are One.” The nature of our Triune God is that He is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and the Godhead works in unison. The Westminster Confession “God the Father, God the Son, God the Spirit, in perfect harmony, work together and demonstrate the importance of love and respect in any relationship.  Husband, Wife, Kids.  Christ the Head of the Church, the Flock, the Pastor.  During the last supper, Jesus breaks bread and gives it to the Apostles saying “This is my body which is given for you”.  Jesus was lifted up on a cross, and He willingly poured out His innocent blood for us, because of His love for us.  66ab99df1b31383ab2c3694e150b787dBefore Jesus ate the final meal with His disciples, humbly, Jesus washed their feet and tells them that He came to serve, to teach, to minister.  He gives His friends a new commandment “to love one another as I have loved you.”  Joseph of Arimathea, a member of the Sanhedrin and secret follower of Jesus, who had not consented to His condemnation, went to Pilate to request the body of Jesus (Luke 23:50–52). Another secret follower of Jesus and member of the Sanhedrin named Nicodemus brought about a hundred-pound weight mixture of spices and helped wrap the body of Jesus (John 19:39–40). Pilate asked confirmation from the centurion of whether Jesus was dead (Mark 15:44). A soldier pierced the side of Jesus with a lance causing blood and water to flow out (John 19:34), and the centurion informed Pilate that Jesus was dead (Mark 15:45).  Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb”.  “He is not here; He has risen, just as He said……….”.(Matt. 28:6) On the third day, Jesus rose from the dead.

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