Summary: Has it been a struggle for you to put faith in Jesus Christ? Have you found yourself wanting to believe wanting to live like a believer only to surrender your faith behind a locked door? Escape to the tomb!
A Race to Believe
He is Risen and today we celebrate the greatest miracle, the greatest gift and clearly the single most important act that demonstrates Jesus is the living God. The restoration of a personal relationship with God the Father is accomplished by the resurrection from the dead to a new and uncorrupted body and sinless soul in the person of Jesus Christ.
Jesus puts right what Adam and Eve did wrong in the Garden of Eden. The curtain to the Holy of Holies is torn open and the door to heaven and eternal life can now be entered by every believer who trusts in the sacrifice, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Death has been swallowed up in victory and only, only Jesus Christ made that possible. For three years the disciples followed Jesus, they were called to follow him. They witnessed miracles, and were taught the truth of Gods word from Gods only begotten son Jesus Christ.
They followed him from town to town and across the Sea of Galilee across the sands of the deserts and the hills of Judea. They followed him to a private room where they spent some quiet moments celebrating the Passover meal but this time Jesus added a small ceremony.
Jesus took bread and broke it and said that the bread was his body broken for us. He then took wine and said this wine represents his blood shed for us for the forgiveness of our sins. Jesus then told them to do this in memory of him.
That night they went to the Garden to Gethsemane to pray. It was there that one of the twelve betrayed Jesus into the hands of his enemies. For thirty pieces of silver he was sold out to the religious authorities of his day. Then he was accused, interrogated, ridiculed and beaten before being brought before the powers of the Roman state.
The people were given a choice to free one prisoner and they choose to free a murderer named Barabbas instead of the innocent Jesus Christ. The name Barabbas means (son of the father) but they left the Son of God to be handed over for crucifixion and public execution.
His disciples had scattered by this time and were no longer following Jesus as a faithful group. The most outspoken among them and the eldest Peter went so far as to deny he even knew Jesus not once but three times.
Some of them watched from a safe distance the mockery of a trial, the handing out of the death sentence and the humiliating parade that was Jesus carrying his cross to Golgotha. Time passed and the sky grew dark for three hours and then Jesus said Father forgive them for they know not what they do saying the words It is finished he breathed his last and gave up his life dying for all the world.
Jesus body needed to be removed from the cross as the Jewish Religious Celebration of Passover was about to begin and it was unlawful to leave his body there during the Passover Celebration.
Joseph of Aramethia pleaded for and was granted permission to receive the Body of Jesus Christ and he along with Nicodemus who was also a member of the Jewish Council and a secret follower of Jesus prepared the body for burial. Placing Jesus body into a new tomb that belonged to Joseph of Aramethia a large stone would seal its entrance.