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Who rolled the Stone Away Matthew 28:1  E-mail
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Saturday, 15 April 2017

 

Who rolled the Stone Away

Historicity

One well-known defender of central Christian doctrines, William Lane Craig, analyzes sources, summarizes his conclusions and defends the historicity of the testimony of Paul and the gospels concerning the empty tomb of Jesus from a perspective of apologetics as follows:

1. Paul's testimony implies the historicity of the empty tomb. Had the tomb not been empty, then Christian theology would have taken an entirely different route than it did, trying to explain how resurrection could still be possible, though the body remained in the grave. But neither Christian theology nor apologetics ever had to face such a problem.

2. The presence of the empty tomb pericope in the passion story supports its historicity. Geographical references, personal names, and the use of Galilee as a horizon all point to Jerusalem as the fount of the passion story.

3. The use of 'the first day of the week' instead of 'on the third day' points to the primitiveness of the tradition. The proximity of the tradition to the events themselves makes it idle to regard the empty tomb as a legend. It makes it highly probable that on the first day of the week the tomb was indeed found empty.

4. The nature of the narrative itself is theologically unadorned and nonapologetic. Very often contemporary theologians urge that the empty tomb is not a historical proof for the resurrection because for the disciples it was in itself ambiguous and not a proof. But that is precisely why the empty tomb story is today so credible: because it was not an apologetic device of early Christians.

5. The discovery of the tomb by women is highly probable. Given the low status of women in Jewish society and their lack of qualification to serve as legal witnesses, the most plausible explanation, in light of the gospels' conviction that the disciples were in Jerusalem over the weekend, why women and not the male disciples were made discoverers of the empty tomb is that the women were in fact the ones who made this discovery.)  Remember Eve Talk to Satan while Adam talk to God. Eve saw, Desired, took, ate and gave to Adam, they ate and they both hid. Here the Disciple are in hiding and the women come to them what a testimony of the importance to show forgiveness and be forgiven.

6. The investigation of the empty tomb by the disciples is historically probable. Behind the fourth gospel stands the Beloved Disciple, whose reminiscences fill out the traditions employed. The visit of the disciples to the empty tomb is therefore attested not only in tradition but by this disciple.

7. It would have been impossible for the disciples to proclaim the resurrection in Jerusalem had the tomb not been empty. The empty tomb is a sine qua non of the resurrection. The fact that the Christian fellowship, founded on belief in Jesus' resurrection, could come into existence and flourish in the very city where he was executed and buried seems to be compelling evidence for the historicity of the empty tomb.

8. The Jewish polemic presupposes the empty tomb. The fact that the Jewish polemic never denied that Jesus' tomb was empty, but only tried to explain it away is compelling evidence that the tomb was in fact empty. Polemic or controversial subject or dispute.

So, let’s read the story of what really happen that changed the world from law to grace. From Matthew; Luke and John.

Easter is the greatest event that ever accrued in history for the law of Moses was glorified, not by the sacrifice by animals, but now a Human Sacrifice by the Son of God, Jesus remember, came to give Grace to all, who wanted to know the way, truth and life that is possible as we are willing to abide in the vine; Jesus. Matthew 28 tells the story of what happen after His death on the cross.


28 Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door,[a] and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.
But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 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. Behold, I have told you.”
So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.
The Women Worship the Risen Lord
And as they went to tell His disciples,[b] behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.”
 
 
15 Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to releasing to the multitude one prisoner whom they wished. 16 And at that time they had a notorious prisoner called Barabbas.[c] 17 Therefore, when they had gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” 18 For he knew that they had handed Him over because of envy. 19 While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, saying, “Have nothing to do with that just Man, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of Him.” 20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitudes that they should ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. 21 The governor answered and said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?”They said, “Barabbas!” 22 Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said to him, “Let Him be crucified!” 23 Then the governor said, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they cried out all the more, saying, “Let Him be crucified!”
John 19:39-42New King James Version (NKJV)
39 And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. 40 Then they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury. 41 Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. 42 So there they laid Jesus, because of the Jews’ Preparation Day, for the tomb was nearby.
Luke 23:50-53New King James Version (NKJV)
Jesus Buried in Joseph’s Tomb
50 Now behold, there was a man named Joseph, a council member, a good and just man. 51 He had not consented to their decision and deed. He was from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who himself was also waiting[a] for the kingdom of God. 52 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a tomb that was hewn out of the rock, where no one had ever lain before. 
So here he is already taken off the Cross and Joseph of Arimathea, a wealthy type of person who is a follower of the Lord, asked Pilate to have the body to be placed in his tomb, formed with in a rock and was granted the privilege, but the people in control of the Government wanted to make sure the tomb was guarded within and without. They did not want anyone stealing the body. For they knew He said he would be King of the Kingdom of God, so they were going to make sure that did not happen. 
It is a show of strength by Rome to make sure the body was going to be protective. How many times has man, felt like they were in control, only to find that God open the door of people hearts letting Him in. Thank the Lord He is always in control and the women wondered who is going to let us see the body to anoint it with the spices. 
Suddenly an earthquake happened and two angles were setting on the stone which said, do not be afraid to the Mary’s for they did not expect the stone to be open and here the captive was set free not there in the tomb. Yet the linen clothes where still there in tack as if whoever let Him escape took the time to fold the burial clothes. Jesus was able to be lifted out, of the natural protection to a supernatural state. Jesus did not break out of the prison of death, He arose by His Father will, and empowered by the Holy Spirit to live anew, waking and living another 40 days. 
Here, He is delivered for our offenses and raised for our justification, the stone of sin was rolled from the door as an angel of the Lord came on the scene. Where were the guards, I suppose they were so scared, they ran to tell the commander of Rome what happened, so where about their business of informing? Here the Guards sealed the grave with rolling a stone in front of the door way, but the angels were in control and showed it by sitting on the stone defying the power of Hell. 
The Disciples did not go until the women went to tell them; He is not hear, He is alive.
Thank the Lord there is not a burden that God cannot roll away, by solving the problems that is destroying our character. It is in Jesus Christ we have life that is becoming better and better the longer we walk and talk with the Lord.
We are so addicted to the things of the world where the Lord can't get in, for we do not take the time to medicate on who we are, where we are and where in the world are we going after death. Let’s choose to serve the Lord and let Him become God in our lives so we can overcome the sins that can destroy our lives.

May this be the best Easter yet as you give yourself to abiding in the Lords will and not your will? God will allow  you to become better and better without becoming bitter over what is going on in your life!  Blessing to you all as you seek the Lord with all your body, soul and spirit!

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