FACT: Rabbits don't lay eggs! Especially not brightly colored or
candied or chocolate coated eggs.
FACT: Bunnies have nothing to do with the Resurrection of the Lord
Jesus Christ, and neither does EASTER.
The Resurrection has nothing to do with Rabbits!
But everything to do with Salvation
and forgiveness of sins and the Kingdom of Heaven. You want to see it, don't you?
FACT: Bunnies have nothing to do with the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, and neither does EASTER.The name "Easter" is probably derived from the pagan goddess Ishtar, and certainly has no logical connection to resurrection or the Holy Bible.
The first miracle of Jesus occurred at the wedding in Cana, where he had the six vessels filled to the brim with water, and then he changed the water to wine. He still does his first miracle for anyone willing to be filled with the Living Water of the Holy Spirit -- you'll be drunk 'in the spirit' (not as people may suppose), when he changes your spiritual water into new wine!
The number six (6) is the number of man, and two 6's is the number of Jesus,
and three 6's is man making himself to be God. Three 6's is definitely not good.
At a wedding is where the man and woman (male and female) exchange solemn vows, and begin covenant relationship. It's a precept from the Bible.
"For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth". Matt12:40 KJV "As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up" John3:14 "Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine holy one to see corruption".Ps16:10
MARK Chapter 15, 16
15:47 And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses beheld where he was laid.
[In the sepulchre of Arimathaea, after his crucifixion]
16:1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. [The practice of anointing with spices and the anointing of the High Priest is found in Ex25:6 and 29:7.]
16:2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. [This would be Sunday: their weekly sabbath was the 7th day]
16:3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?
Two women saw the location where Jesus' body was laid and evidentally had noticed the stone used to cover the entrance. The mother of James and the mother of Joses are likely two different people, so Mark tells us here of three Mary's, and two of them who knew the exact location of the sepulchre.The brothers of Jesus were named James, Joses, Simon, and Judas (Matt13:55), so it's barely conceivable this is Mark's way of saying 'mother of Jesus'.
I begin with Mark's Gospel because it is the briefest account and establishes the quandary of events on that momentous Resurrection Day. It's called Easter because of the only time it is mentioned in Scripture, Acts12:4 KJV.
MATTHEW Chapter 27
27:62 Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, [Passover was the Jewish Feast Day when they prepared and killed the "Lamb", but it wasn't a sabbath or holy convocation day.]
27:63 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.
27:64 Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.
27:65 Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.
27:66 So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.
The authorities knew of the 'Third Day' saying, and posted a guard to prevent anyone from stealing the body of Jesus. In retrospect, the Apostle Paul must have learned about their consternation concerning the "missing" body of Jesus, even before his dramatic conversion on the Road to Damascus.
28:1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. [These two Mary's came early Sunday morning]
28:2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
28:3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
28:4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
28:5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
28:6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.28:7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
28:8 And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
28:9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
28:10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.
So it was the Angel of the Lord who removed the stone, apparently observed by the two Mary's who ran to tell the good news to the disciples; and meeting Jesus along their way.
LUKE Chapter 23,2423:55 And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. 23:56 And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.
24:1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
24:2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
24:3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
24:4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:
24:5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?
24:6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,24:7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. 24:8 And they remembered his words, 24:9 And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. 24:10 It was Mary Magdalene and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles. [These particular women weren't necessarily the same ones in the later group to the sepulchre.]
Luke's account has the stone already rolled away, and instead of the Angel of the Lord there are two 'angels'. A short period of time must have elapsed betwen the two groups of women going to the sepulchre.
1Cor12:10 "To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues". In the natural we all see the same thing, but not necessarily in the spiritual, for "some have entertained angels unawares", Heb13:2.
Gospel of JOHN Chapter 20
20:1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.
20:2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the LORD out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.[John describes himself as the one whom 'the Lord loved']
20:3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.
20:4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. [John doesn't use his own name, but he wins the foot-race between himself and Peter.]
20:5 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.
20:6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie,
20:7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.
20:8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.
20:9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.
20:10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.
20:11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,
20:12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
20:13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my LORD, and I know not where they have laid him.
20:14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.
20:15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
20:16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.
20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
Numbers 19:11 "He that toucheth the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days". In Leviticus alone there are 27 kinds of things which must not be touched, and Jesus had not only come from the dead, but had taken upon himself the sins of the world. "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you". 2Cor6:17
The woman with the issue of blood, Mk5:25, was determined to "touch the hem of his garment", and was miraculously rewarded.
20:18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the LORD, and that he had spoken these things unto her.
The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.John 19:31
The regular weekly Jewish Sabbath was from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown, but there were other sabbaths as well. The day following the Passover (when they killed and prepared the Lamb) was a "high sabbath".
High days or holy convocations could fall on any day of the week.
Leviticus Chapter 2323:4 These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons. 23:5 In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD's passover. 23:6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread. 23:7 In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. 23:8 But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
Deuteronomy Chapter 1616:16 Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty.
Click here for my page concerning the Jewish Feasts.
Figuratively speaking, that's what the Body-of-Christ will be hearing on 'the 3rd Day' when we rise to meet the Lord in the air. There are only two(2) named Lazarus in the Bible (one in Luke, one in John), and both accounts have to do with end-times. The first Lazarus was the poor man who lived in the gutter and subsisted on crumbs from the rich man's house; who found himself later in "Abraham's bosom" (but the rich man was in Hell...Lk16:21). The second Lazarus was the brother of Martha and Mary, John 11, who died and had been in the tomb four(4) days before Jesus arrived on the scene. It's the numbers which makes Lazarus No.2, in John's Gospel, one of the most profound in scripture. Lazarus had been sick for "two days" yet curiously, Jesus remained where he was. When he finally did arrive at the gravesite, Lazarus had been dead for four days. The "two days" of the Old Covenant, plus the "two days" of the New Covenant add up to the forty(40) centuries of the Old and New Covenants when 'A Thousand years are as One Day'.
TWO SABBATH's: Jesus is the Anointed Lamb, Ps105:15, who was killed on that Passover Day, just before the high-sabbath (John 19:31) known as the first day of unleavened bread. The guard posted at the sepulchre was for three days and those 'keepers' were still there on that glorious Resurrection morning.
Some propose that 3 days and 3 nights means exactly 72 hours, and conclude Jesus rose the day prior, on the sabbath. We know the Sabbath is meant for good (Lk6:9), so that might be the case, but I'm persuaded He arose very early and left even before the stone was rolled away.
Remember, "the letter of the law killeth, but the spirit giveth life", 2Cor3:6
"Lazarus, Come forth!"
Remember, it's on this one specific occasion that Jesus said:
"I am the resurrection and the life".Jn11:25.
The recent furor concerning The Jesus Papers, Da Vinci Code, and the spurious Gospel of Judas reminds me there have always been those anti-christians and shysters who deny God's Truth in favor of their immediate riches. God doesn't need me to defend His Word, but shame on those who foolishly feed that nonsense to their young'uns.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: My thanks to English journalist Frank Morison for his book "Who Moved the Stone?". It has been more than twenty years since I read it, but I remember how impressed I was with his reasoning and adherence to scripture. The strangeness of the Resurrection story had captured his attention, and initially he set out to prove that the story of Christís Resurrection was only a myth. His probings, however, led him to discover the validity of the biblical record in a moving, personal way.
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