Resurrection Faith

by Sean Finnegan on April 21, 2019
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John 19:38-42 Joseph of Arimathea buried Jesus in a new tomb in a garden. Jewish burial practices at the time of Jesus involved anointing the body, wrapping it in a garment, putting it in a tomb, waiting a year, collecting the bones, and putting them in an ossuary. The people really believed God could turn dried bones into living people on the last day.

John 20:1-2
We know a little about Mary Magdalene from other Scriptures, including Mark 15:37-40, 46-47; Luke 8:1-3. Jesus had delivered her from seven demons. After this, she was a dedicated disciple of Christ who travelled with him and the others.

John 20:2-10
Peter and the other disciple come running and leave. At this point, they’re just trying to figure out what happened to Jesus’ body. Where did he go? Who took him?

John 20:10-13
Mary stayed behind after the others left. She must’ve been utterly bewildered. Through her tears, she saw two angels and asked them for help locating Jesus.

John 20:14-18
Mary is the first one to experience the most thrilling event in all Christian history. She sees him, and he’s alive! She tells the disciples, but they don’t believe her (Luke 24:10-11).

1 Corinthians 15:22-24, 51-55
Jesus’ resurrection means that we too will experience resurrection when he returns. This is a radical idea in sharp contrast to most other beliefs about the afterlife. Still, we can have confidence in the future resurrection because we’ve already seen the real thing in Jesus. This gives us tremendous hope.
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