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Jesus’ Corpse Went Missing

Written by Marshall. Posted in John, John 20, New Testament

John 20:1-8 (Revised for Easter 2016)

Jesus’ Corpse Went Missing

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

John 20:1 (Holman) On the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came

to the tomb early, while it was still dark. She saw that the

stone had been removed from the tomb.

Magdala, a small town by the Sea of Galilee, was famous for fishing, boat building, wealth, and depravity. This latter trait had a devastating effect on its most famous citizen. Mary sided with the wrong crowd, began a downward slide, and eventually became possessed by seven demons.

Her life became a continuous tragedy, but one day a man looked into her soul, and cast seven demons out of her (Luke 18:2). She devoted the rest of her life to Him. She followed Jesus in His travels, ministering to Him out of her own substance (Matthew 27:55-56). She endured the agony of seeing her Benefactor be tried as a criminal and sentenced to death.

It was brave to show continual love to a crucified man. This is what Mary did. She had to be near Jesus. Her life had become nothing more or less than a pure spiritual romance of devoted love to Jesus. All the disciples except John fled in terror, but she stood by the cross, and followed Joseph and Nicodemus to see where Jesus was buried (John 19:25; Mark 15:47).

On Saturday, she “remembered the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy.” But as Sunday dawned, she took the firs

Jesus’ Time Was Near

Written by Marshall. Posted in Matthew, Matthew 26, New Testament

Matthew 26:17-22

Jesus’ Time Was Near

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Matthew 26:17 (Holman) On the first day of Unleavened Bread the

disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do You want us to

prepare the Passover so You may eat it?”

It was Thursday of Holy Week. This night one binding festival, the Passover, ended, and another binding festival, the Lord’s Supper, began.

Passover, also known as the Feast of Unleavened Bread, was Israel’s birthday party; in our parlance, their Fourth of July. It celebrated their redemption from Egyptian bondage. On the night Israel was delivered from Egypt, Israel prepared to depart. They did not include leaven in their bread because they did not have time for it to rise. To commemorate the urgency of this saving night, the Jews left leaven out of their bread during Passover.

The disciples knew Jesus would observe Passover. Oh that we were as diligent in being baptized as Jesus was, in observing the Lord’s Supper as Jesus was in observing Passover, and in attending church regularly as Jesus did the synagogue. Beware sloughing off practices Jesus deemed important.

Matt. 26:18 “Go into the city to a certain man,” He said, “and tell him

‘The Teacher says: My time is near; I am celebrating the

Passover at your place with My disciples.’”

Tradition says this unnamed man was Mark, the young man who