.... After His death, Jesus was taken down from the cross and entombed in the sepulcher of a rich man, as the prophet foretold, because the Sabbath was near and they were in haste, and the tomb was close at hand. The women who followed Him from Galilee observed the tomb and how the body was laid. A very large stone was rolled over the mouth of the tomb, and they departed.
.... Meanwhile, the chief priests and Pharisees asked the Roman governor to set a guard on the tomb, for they remembered that He had said to them “After three days I will rise again.” and they were afraid. So the governor granted their request, gave them a guard, and told them to make it as secure as they knew how.
.... The greatest event in all of history was about to take place:
.... “After two days will He revive us: on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight.”
(Hosea 6:2 - 726 B.C.)
.... After three days, as the first day of the week began to dawn, being very early in the morning while it was still dark,
... The women who had watched His entombment came to see the tomb, bringing the spices they had prepared for His burial. But when they came, they found that the stone had been rolled away already. Trembling with fear, they entered the tomb . . . and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
.... As they were greatly perplexed by this, behold, a young man appeared beside them, clothed in a long white robe, sitting on the right side where the body had laid. They were alarmed, and bowed their faces to the earth with fear. But the angel answered and said to them,
.... “Why do you seek the living among the dead?
.... “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is not here; He is risen, as He said.
... "Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying:
.... “The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.”
.... And they remembered His words.
.... Then the angel said to them, “Come, see the place where they laid the Lord.
.... “And go quickly, and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you. Behold, I have told you.”
.... And they departed quickly and fled from the tomb with fear, but also with great joy, and they ran to bring His disciples word.
... . . . and it happened as they ran, that Jesus Himself appeared to them – Jesus, whom they knew to be dead, for they had seen His brutal death on the cross and how His body had been laid, and they had wept beside His tomb at His burial. Yet now He had risen again, and He was alive forevermore. “Rejoice!” He said to them, and they came and held His feet and worshiped Him:
.... “He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces; the rebuke of His people He shall take away from all the earth; for the LORD has spoken. And it shall be said in that day, "Behold, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the LORD; we have waited for Him; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.”
(Isaiah 25:8-9 - 713 B.C.)
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