The First Resurrection

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on March 31, 2013
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Isaiah 53:9 - His body was with a rich man in death. Mt 27:57-60; John 19:39-42

Matthew 12:40
says three days and three nights (72 hours); Mark 8:31 states – “after three days rise again;” and Matthew16:21 says – “he will be raised on the third day." He died about 3PM; so, three days and three nights would end about 3PM on the third day. The completion of 72 hours would still be on the third day.

Matthew 28:1-4
- The actual resurrection is not recorded because, according to 1Corinthains 15:51, it is a mystery.

The guards were placed there so that no one could steal the body and start communicating that he was raised as he said he would be. The guards later were paid off not to tell the truth about what happened. Matthew 28:11

Matthew 28:1
The weekly Sabbath was Saturday, so when these women were at the tomb at dawn on the first day of the week, it was early Sunday morning which means Jesus was up already. He died on Wednesday and arose on Saturday.

Matthew 28:2-10 - 13
post resurrection appearances are recorded.

Luke 24:1-15
His resurrected body was much different from the body they buried.

– Palm Sunday was all about Jesus riding into Jerusalem as the King. Yet, he did not begin to reign; rather, he was tortured and killed. So, they were confused.

– His action revealed the vital importance of the Scriptures. Our Lord’s example provides a vivid example.

- They could focus on the many marvelous realities, but their attention was upon the understanding they gained from the Scriptures. Isaiah 50:4 and 5 Today, Jesus in ascended position at the right hand of God through the holy spirit is doing the same for those who hunger to know the truth.

1 Corinthians 2:8-13
We have the spirit so that we might know.

Luke 24:33-49
The message is powerful.

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