Thursday, April 21 2011
True Witnesses Of The Resurrection
"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.
"He showed Himself alive after His passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days"
Later that day (the resurrection was on a Sabbath afternoon, just before sunset; Mary of Magdala discovered the empty tomb the next morning, before sunrise, as described in the verses above - see Why Observe The True Sabbath? and all of the other links in the Fact Finder question below), as sunset came to end the first day of the week ("the same day at evening, being the first day of the week" in the verses below mean that the first day of the week had just ended, not that it was just starting). The risen Messiah then appeared to the apostles. In yet another plain lesson of how no one can understand the Holy Scriptures without the Holy Spirit (see Growing In The Grace And Knowledge), they also then received more of the Holy Spirit to enable them to understand more fully what they had witnessed (see Their Eyes Opened After Christ's Tomb Did).
"20:19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews [i.e. the Jews who had not yet come to understand - the apostles were Jews too], came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 20:20 And when he had so said, he showed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.
The famous "doubting Thomas" incident followed later because "Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came" the first time. Thomas had merely asked to see what the Christ had already shown to the others.
"20:24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 20:25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord.
The appearances to them continued for forty days, until His ascension a few days before Pentecost. The Gospel book of Luke and the book of Acts were written by Luke in a personal communication to a man named Theophilus (Luke 1:3, Acts 1:1). "Luke" ends where "Acts" begins.
The end of Luke:
"24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me [see The By-The-Book Messiah].
The beginning of Acts (His "ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth" included Mary of Magdala, every time someone reads of her witness in the Biblical record):
"1:1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 1:2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: 1:3 To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: 1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence [see Christ's Pentecost].
Fact Finder: (a) How have millions of people become false witnesses of Christ and His resurrection by preaching things, in Christ's Name, that ignore or contradict what the Messiah truly did and said? (b) How does the Roman "sun day" deny the true Resurrection of Jesus Christ?
This Day In History, April 21
753 BC: According to the historian Varro, Romulus founded Rome on this date.
43 BC: Marcus Antonius was defeated by Octavian near Modena, Italy.
1075: Alexander II, (Anselm of Lucca), pope 1061-1073, died. Although elected pope, the German court nominated another man and Alexander was not recognized by the empire until 1064 (see Emperors and Popes).
1509: King Henry VII of England died. His accession to the throne in 1485 ended the Wars of the Roses between the houses of Lancaster and York.
1526: Mongol Emperor Babur annihilated the Indian army of Ibrahim Lodi.
1689: William III and Mary II were crowned joint king and queen of England, Scotland and Ireland.
1809: Napoleon's army fought the Austrians at the Battle of Landshut in Germany.
1828: Noah Webster published the first U.S. dictionary (the first English-language dictionary was published in England around 1600, over 200 years before Webster).
1836: Rebel forces under Sam Houston defeated the Mexican army under Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto, which led to the Texas secession from Mexico.
1898: Two months after the sinking of the battleship Maine, the U.S. began a naval blockade of Cuba. It almost immediately captured a Spanish merchant vessel, the Buenaventura. The beginning of the Spanish-US War.
1918: Manfred von Richthofen, Germany's top fighter ace in the First World War, was killed in action at age 26. Known as the "Red Baron," he shot down 80 (79 British, 1 Belgian) enemy aircraft. While chasing a Canadian fighter plane, which had jammed guns, at a low altitude for 2 miles behind enemy lines, he was killed after being hit with machine gun fire from a second Canadian fighter plane, as well as rifle fire from Australian troops on the ground. The next day, the Red Baron was buried by the Canadians and Australians with full military honors.
1926: Queen Elizabeth II was born in London.
1965: Sir Edward Appleton died at age 73. The British physicist was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1947 for his discovery of the Appleton Layer (which the scientific community named after him) of the ionosphere, which is a dependable reflector of radio waves.
1989: Tens of thousands of students and workers poured into Peking's Tiananmen Square in defiance of official warnings against anti-government protests.
1997: The cremated ashes of LSD user and "guru" Timothy Leary (who, amazingly, was a psychologist who witnessed the horrendous damage that LSD did to people's minds) and Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry were launched into space in the world's first "space funeral."