And on the Third Day

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body.  Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked eachother, “Who will roll the stone away from the enterance of the tomb?”
 – Mark 16:1-3


There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 
 – Matthew 28:2


But when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 
 – Luke 24:3


… “Why do you look for the living among the dead?”
 – Luke 24:5


“Don’t be alarmed,” he said.  “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified.  He is risen!  He is not here.  See the place where they laid him.”
 – Mark 16:6


He [the one Jesus loved] bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in.  Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb.  He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head.  The cloth was still lying in its place, seperate from the linen.
 – John 20:5-7


… and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.
 – Luke 24:12


They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.
 – John 20:9


Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem.  They were talking with each other about everything that had happened.  As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them, but htey were kept from recognizing him.

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them.  Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he disappeared from their sight.

They got up ad returned at once to Jerusalem.  There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together.
 – Luke 24:13-16, 30-31, 33


On the evening of that first day of teh week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”  After he siad this, he showed them his hands and side.  The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you!  As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”  And with that he breathed on them and said, “Recieve the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive the sins of anyone, thier sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” 
 – John 20:19-23


Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.  He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”
 – Luke 24:45-47

There is nothing more than I can offer.  I will let the Gospels speak for themselves.  On this day, go forth and discover what happened on the third day.

God Bless and PEACE


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