After he had completed his course on the earth, the time came for the Lord to leave. He had given his disciples all the teachings and the examples of his life from which they could draw to go out into the world and preach the gospel. He had shown them the truth of the resurrection and they were now almost ready to begin their phase in the work of the Lord. In his last moments we see some final words of instruction that we can learn from also.
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After Jesus had risen from the dead he appeared to many of his disciples including up to five hundred at the one time. Then he came and stood amongst his closest disciples, the twelve minus Judas who betrayed him. We see in this section of the scripture the purpose of his visitation and his instructions to the disciples.
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After his resurrection Jesus began to appear to his followers. It was necessary for I’m to do this to prove to them all the things he had told them. He spoke to them many times of the resurrection, but they still could not grasp it and did not believe until they saw him with their own eyes. Here in this section of the scripture we see how he spoke to two of his disciples as they travelled on the road to Emmaus and eventually their eyes were opened to see the truth, both of Jesus return and the truth of why he died and was resurrected.
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The most fundamental teaching of the new covenant and the core principle of Christianity is the resurrection of the dead. Without the resurrection the rest of the christian covenant does not hold together. It is through the resurrection of Jesus that man receives release from his sins and the freedom from law so that he can come and stand before God. And it is in this section of the scripture that we see Jesus resurrected and the commencement of the new covenant age.
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When they took Jesus down after he had died, he had to be buried. And in his burial we see two lessons or two things that we can learn from. One of these was to do with the burial itself, and the other to do with who was involved in the burial. In both instances we see that even though Jesus had died he was still teaching us things. So let us have a look at these two points that we see from his burial.
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The hour had come for the Lord to depart from this earth. All had been accomplished that he needed to do while he was here and it was now time for the next stage of the work to be done. He had trained his disciples to the point that they needed to be taken and now Jesus had to leave the earth for the next stage to commence. He had fulfilled all of the prophecies that spoke of his time on earth and it was time to return to the Father so that the disciples could begin their work.
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Here we see that the Lord has been taken away to Golgotha to web nailed to the stake along with two criminals. But even while Thais is occurring the Lord provides lessons for those who were there and for us also. Even the criminals give us a lesson that we can learn from.
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As I was studying this section of scripture, I became fascinated by one verse, which I had never taken much notice of before. This section talks about Jesus being led away to die and provides the detail of how Simon of Cyrene is compelled to assist carry the beam for Jesus and Jesus discussions with others. I have written about those points previously and the links are at the foot of this post.
However the scripture that struck me here was verse 31, which says, “For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?” It is this that we will look at today.
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In one of the worst travesties of so-called justice in history we see here the exchange of the life of the Lord and Saviour of the world for a sinner accused of insurrection, murder and mayhem. And the decision was not based upon truth or justice, but jealousy, envy and the sway of public opinion causing the governor to make this worst of all decisions.
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After bringing Jesus before Pilate, who could find no reason to condemn him, the Lord was sent by Pilate to Herod to be examined. Herod’s examination of the Lord is both harsh and interesting, for there are some things we can learn about Herod’s reaction to Jesus, especially when he did not get his own way.
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