Jesus' Death And Resurrection
The Details And Time Line (Part Two).



By:  Bill and Teddy Rogers

PREPARING JESUS' BODY WITH
THE MUMMIFICATION PROCESS

After cleaning Jesus' bruised and bloody body as much as possible, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus placed Jesus in the borrowed tomb. Then, they wrapped His feet, legs, arms and torso with two inch strips of cloth. (everything but His head).

Then, they used 100 pounds of myrrh and aloes (a liquid oil) to saturate every inch of the cloth strips. When this liquid dried, it formed a very hard shell in the perfect shape of Jesus' body (See John 19:39).

Note # 1: The King James Version (KJV) says 100 pounds while the New International Version (NIV) says 75 pounds. For this post, we have chosen to go with the King James Version.

Note # 2: The Israelis learned this mummification process from the Egyptians during their 400 plus years of captivity in Egypt.

In accordance with Jewish burial customs, they then laid a burial cloth over Jesus' head.

When they had finished, they had a very large round stone rolled over the entrance of the tomb to seal it.

THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE TOMB

Jesus lay in the borrowed tomb for three days and three nights. Wednesday night, Thursday night, and Friday night and all day Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sometime after sunset on Saturday and before sunrise on Sunday, the Holy Spirit raised Jesus from the dead.

JESUS IS RISEN

Very early on Sunday morning, just after sunrise, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went to the tomb so that they might anoint Jesus’ body. When they got there, they saw an opened tomb and an angel who told them that Jesus was no longer there and had risen.

Next, they saw the risen Jesus who told them to go and tell His disciples to meet Him in Galilee.

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.

As soon as they heard that Jesus had risen, Peter and John ran to the tomb. When they got there and went into the tomb, they saw the untouched Myrrh and Aloe covered shell that was empty and the neatly folded head cloth laid on the bench. For the first time, they understood that Jesus had actually risen from the dead just as He told them He would.

For all the details, read Mathew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24 and John 20.

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE RESURRECTION

The resurrection of Jesus Christ was the beginning of Christianity. If Christ had not been resurrected, Christianity would not exist today and we would have “No Hope” of having our sins forgiven, of being saved, or of spending eternity in Heaven.

1 Corinthians 15:17-20 saysAnd if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.”

RESURRECTION APPEARANCES

Over a period of 40 days after His resurrection, Jesus made twelve appearances to over 500 people and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive:

1. His first appearance was to Mary Magdalene, on that early Sunday morning. (Mark 16:9; John 20:10-18);
2. Jesus appeared to the women returning from the tomb. (Matthew 28:9-10);
3. Jesus appeared to two disciples on the road to Emmaus. (Luke 24:13-32; Mark 16:12-13);
4. He appeared to Peter in Jerusalem. (Luke 24:34; 1 Corinthians 15:5);
5. He appeared to his disciples and other followers in a locked room in Jerusalem. The apostle Thomas wasn't there at that time. (Luke 24:36-43; John 20:19-23);
6. A week later, Jesus again appeared to his disciples behind locked doors, and this time Thomas was present. (John 20:24-29);
7. Jesus appeared to seven of his disciples on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. (John 21:1-24);
8. Jesus was seen by 500 believers at one time. (1 Corinthians 15:6);
9. He appeared to James. (1 Corinthians 15:7);
10. He appeared to eleven disciples on a mountain in Galilee. (Matt. 28:18-20);
11. He walked with his disciples along the road to Bethany, on the Mount of Olives, and then ascended into Heaven. (Luke 24:50-53);
12. He was seen by Paul on the road to Damascus. (Acts 9:3-6; 1 Corinthians 15:8).

JESUS ASCENDS INTO HEAVEN

40 days after His resurrection, Jesus left His disciples and ascended into Heaven.

Mark 16:19-20 19 says “After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.”

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