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The Resurrection

Mat 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Here Jesus states exactly how long He will be in the earth.

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.

The two Marys were witness to this, as well as the keepers, (guards). The stone wasn't rolled away to allow Jesus to get out, but to allow others to see inside.

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.

As it began to dawn? This means Jesus had already left the tomb. Jesus must have risen sometime during the night.

Crucifixion on Friday: This is the traditional story.

Mat 27:57 When the even[1] was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple:

1 "EVEN": 3798. opsios, op'_see_os; from G3796; late; fem. (as noun) afternoon (early eve) or nightfall (later eve):__even (_ing, [_tide]).

Joseph had to be a near kinsman to Jesus in order to claim His body. Evening had already come. I estimate just prior to darkness.

Mat 27:58 He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.

Remember evening had already come.

Mat 27:59 And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,

Mat 27:60 And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.

Remember evening had already come when Joseph went to Pilate. It took time for him to prepare the body of Jesus for burial. It also took time to carry His body to the burial site. How much time? The Bible doesnít say, but I think itís safe to say it was after dark when Jesus was put into the tomb.

Do we include Friday night into the equation? My reason for asking this question is: Would Friday night after dark be considered a full night? ??? Letís say yes. So we have Friday night for 1 night.

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.

In the time of Jesus, the Sabbath was Saturday. In the end of the Sabbath, As it began to dawn. Here we have Sunday morning. To me, this shows that one full day, (a 24 hour period), started at sunrise and ended at the following sunrise. So we have Friday night and Saturday night. Jesus was only in the earth two nights and one full day, which was Saturday. He, Jesus, has to be in the earth three full days and three full nights.

If Jesus was buried on Friday evening at sunset, He would have to be in the earth Friday night, Saturday night, and Sunday night. He would have to be in the earth Saturday day, Sunday day, and Monday day. Meaning the angel of the Lord would have appeared on Tuesday morning.

Crucifixion on Thursday:

If Jesus was buried on Thursday evening at sunset, He would have to be in the earth Thursday night, Friday night, and Saturday night. He would have to be in the earth Friday day, Saturday day, and Sunday day. Meaning the angel of the Lord would have appeared on Monday morning.

Crucifixion on Wednesday:

If Jesus was buried on Wednesday evening at sunset, He would have to be in the earth Wednesday night, Thursday night, and Friday night. He would have to be in the earth Thursday day, Friday day, and Saturday day. Meaning the angel of the Lord would have appeared on Sunday morning.

Is it important which day this all took place? I say, only because, if we as Christians are wrong about this, probably the most important Bible Truth, how much more are we wrong about. The main thing is that it did happen.

I stated earlier that Jesus must have risen sometime during the night. Another thing that makes me think so is when one asked the question: Where was Jesus while His body was in the tomb? No doubt His Spirit left the tomb before His flesh did. It, His spirit, may have returned to the tomb to raise his flesh after three full days and three full nights. Because, Jesus cannot lie and He said: so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Where was Jesus while His body was in the tomb?

1 Pet 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

1 Pet 3:19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;

1 Pet 4:6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

John 5:25 (Jesus talking). Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.

Note "and now is".

John 5:28 (Jesus talking). Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

John 5:29 (Jesus talking). And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

I think this happened during the Saturday night (darkness), before the dawning of Sunday morning, when Mary went to Jesusís tomb.

Why would Jesus go to those in prison?

Gen 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

Gen 3:23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

Gen 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Jesus Christ, (The Tree Of Life), our salvation, had to be offered to those that had passed on prior to Him defeating death hell and the grave. Till Jesus overcame, there were just animal sacrifices.

Heb 10:8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;

Heb 10:9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.

Heb 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Heb 10:11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:

Heb 10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

For ever: It must go backwards in time as well as forward.

Heb 10:13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.

Heb 10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

Again, for ever: For everyone, throughout all time.

Hosea 6:6 (God talking). For I desired mercy, (or love), and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

How many were resurrected with Jesus? I never hear this preached or taught. I wonder why? Let's go back to the point in time where Jesus was dying on the cross

Mat 27:45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.

Mat 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

 Jesus was not complaining. He was quoting Psalms 22. The prophecy of his crucifixion.

Mat 27:47 Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.

Mat 27:48 And straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.

Mat 27:49 The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.

Mat 27:50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

Mat 27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

Mat 27:52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies[1] of the saints[2] which slept arose[3],

1 "BODIES": 4983. soma, so'_mah; from G4982; the body (as a sound whole), used in a very wide application, lit. or fig.:__bodily, body, slave.

2 "SAINTS": 40. hagios, hag'_ee_os; from hagos (an awful thing) [comp. G53, H2282]; sacred (phys. pure, mor. blameless or religious, cer. consecrated):__(most) holy (one, thing), saint.

53. hagnos, hag_nos'; from the same as G40; prop. clean, i.e. (fig.) innocent, modest, perfect:__chaste, clean, pure.

3 "AROSE": 1453. egeiro, eg_i'_ro; prob. akin to the base of G58 (through the idea of collecting one's faculties); to waken (trans. or intrans.), i.e. rouse (lit. from sleep, from sitting or lying, from disease, from death; or fig. from obscurity, inactivity, ruins, nonexistence):__awake, lift (up), raise (again, up), rear up, (a_) rise (again, up), stand, take up.

Mat 27:53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection[1], and went into the holy city, and appeared[2] unto many.

1 "RESURRECTION": 1454. egersis, eg'_er_sis; from G1453; a resurgence (from death):__resurrection.

2 "APPEARED": 1718. emphanizo, em_fan_id'_zo; from G1717; to exhibit (in person) or disclose (by words):__appear, declare (plainly), inform, (will) manifest, shew, signify

Some claim this resurrection of the many happened at the crucifixion but I think this verse makes it very plain that it was at the resurrection of Jesus. The word many in both verses is Greek No. 4183. I'm going to say a huge number of people were resurrected and seen by a huge number of people when they walked into The Holy City of Jerusalem. The Bible doesn't state how long these people lived after being resurrected but, I assume quite some time.

Again, How many were resurrected with Jesus? I never hear this preached or taught. I wonder why?

Thanks, for allowing me, to share this with you. Remember, to always, study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

In His Word,
Art Porter

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