On: September 1, 2015 | By: SWLadmin | Under: Blog | Comments: Comments are off
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. Luke 24:1-3
Joseph of Arimathea hadn’t been the only one to knock on Pilate’s door. The chief priests and Pharisees, who had engineered Jesus’s crucifixion, were worried about His comment that after three days he would rise from death. They went to Pilate, who must have been weary of the demands being placed on him: “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard. Matthew 27:65-66
They were wasting their time, though. With Jesus’s death, the tide had turned. The apparent success of the religious establishment in sending Jesus to His death was actually part of God’s plan. Now their resistance would be brushed aside, as the Kingdom of God burst out of that tomb on its global journey through part 2 of history and on into eternity.
BC was done with. AD was to come.
So, if the body was gone, what happened to the guards? Who moved the stone? These are not just questions for historians; they are crucial to the authenticity of the whole Jesus story. The chief priests realised this, and Matthew reveals that they cooked up a story that the body had been snatched by the disciples. (Matthew 28:12)
Then 20th century journalist, Frank Morison, set about a similar exercise, attempting to demonstrate that the gospel narratives were contradictory, and thus the resurrection story was a fabrication. In his book “Who Moved the Stone?”, however, he concluded that the evidence actually supported the resurrection.
That’s what happens when you seriously examine the evidence of the birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus. The word of God is not just a story book (although it’s a cracking good read if you use a version like The Message or Contemporary English Version); it is alive, active and dangerous. Handle with care.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
Lord Jesus I believe the evidence that You rose again. And that, I believe, was ratification of all that Your life and death meant. I kneel before You as Saviour and Lord. Amen