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Final in a series

A day for the Jews begins at sundown and ends on the following sundown. The Jewish Sabbath begins at sundown Friday and ends on sundown Saturday. As the last article, (part 7), stated, Jesus was crucified and buried prior to the beginning of the Sabbath. All was quiet Saturday as the Jews honored the Sabbath day by resting and doing nothing.

Technically, historically and judicially, Sunday for the Jews began at sundown on Saturday.

Right before the breaking of dawn, two women with the same first names went to Jesus tomb to clean and anoint his body. As they were walking the angel of the Lord descended from heaven and rolled back the stone from the door of Jesus’ tomb. The rolling away of the stone caused the earth to quake. By the time the two Mary’s got there the angel was still sitting on the stone. The angel’s countenance was like lightening and his clothes were white as snow. His appearance created great fear among the guards and they were spellbound.

The angel spoke to the women and said, “Fear not ye; for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. HE IS NOT HERE; FOR HE IS RISEN….COME SEE THE PLACE WHERE THE LORD LAY.”

Accordingly, the resurrection of Jesus Christ actually occurred sometime during Saturday night, (technically Sunday for the Jews) for by the time the women arrived, Jesus had already risen and left the tomb. The earthquake and the angel of the Lord did not come to let Jesus out of the tomb, but to reveal that the tomb was empty and that Jesus was already gone.

It was God who raised Jesus from the dead. God raised Jesus from the dead and blessed Jesus for His faithfulness by giving Jesus all power and authority in both heaven and earth. As a result, Jesus walked out of the tomb, somehow, on His own power and authority.

Today, according to I Timothy 2:5, there is only one mediator between God and man, and that man is Christ Jesus. Today all men have the opportunity to be saved by the grace of God because of the faith of Jesus Christ and thus be declared righteous by Almighty God. All of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God, but we all can be justified freely by God’s grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

All anyone has to do is to comply and obey Romans 10:9 which says, “…if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in thine heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, thou shall be saved.” Jesus Christ lived, died and has risen from the dead so that the free gift Eternal Life is available to everyone.

(Editor’s note: Pastor Gilbert Owens authored this series on the last days of Jesus, highlighting the key events of Jesus Christ last days leading up to Hs crucifixion and resurrection. This series is based on Pastor Owens study and research)

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