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Tuesday, May 10 2016
Luke 24: Who Was In The Messiah's Funeral Procession?
"And the women also, which came with Him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how His Body was laid"
Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus the Pharisee claimed the Body of the Messiah and placed it in the Tomb (see Joseph and Nicodemus: Making A Stand). But they were not the only people in His funeral procession.
"23:55 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." (Luke 23:55-56 KJV)
Those women of Galilee, including Mary of Magdala (Magdala was a fishing town on the west coast of the Sea of Galilee), thereafter remained to tend to the Tomb. In so doing, they became the first human witnesses of the Resurrection of the Messiah - after they found the Tomb empty before sunrise on the first day of the week (see Why Did They Find The Tomb Already Empty At Sunrise?; to understand the significance of that particular weekly Sabbath, and the day after it, during the week of Passover / Unleavened Bread, see The Passover To Pentecost Connection).
"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.
Emmaus, meaning hot baths, was a village located about 7 miles / 11 kilometers from Jerusalem. Later that day, the risen Messiah appeared to others on the road "to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs."
"24:13 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. 24:14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 24:15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. 24:16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.
The Messiah then appeared to the apostles with the command "tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high" - a reference to Pentecost, a day counted (with the ultimate purpose from its original symbolism) from and by the time of the Resurrection of the Messiah (again, carefully consider Pentecost: Unto The Morrow After The Seventh Sabbath).
"24:36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
Weeks later, the ascension to Heaven (see the Fact Finder question below).
"24:50 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. 24:51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.
Fact Finder: Where was Bethany?
This Day In History, May 10
70: During the Siege of Jerusalem, Titus, son of emperor Vespasian, opened a full-scale assault on Jerusalem (see What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones? and A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots).
1285: King Philip III of Spain was succeeded by Philip IV.
1291: Scottish nobles acknowledged the royal authority of Edward I of England.
1307: Robert the Bruce, Scottish king fought an English attacking force of cavalry under Aylmer de Valence at the battle of Louden Hill in Ayrshire.
1497: Amerigo Vespucci left Cadiz, Spain for his first voyage to the New World, which would be named "America" after him. In geographic and political reality, all of the people of America, from Canada at the northernmost point of the continent of North America, to Argentina in the southernmost point of the continent of South America, are "Americans."
1503: Christopher Columbus discovered the Cayman Islands. He named them Las Tortugas after the many turtles found there.
1534: French explorer Jacques Cartier landed on Newfoundland.
1655: Jamaica was taken by the British after being held by the Spanish for over 160 years (from the time of the explorations of Christopher Columbus; see the map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1773: The Parliament of Britain passed the Tea Act. Its purpose was to save the British East India Company by granting it a monopoly on the North American tea trade.
1774: King Louis XV of France died of smallpox. He became king at the age of five on the death of his great-grandfather, Louis XIV.
1794: Elizabeth, the sister of French King Louis XVI, was beheaded.
1796: Napoleon's Army of Italy defeated the Austrians under Baron Beaulieu at the Battle of Lodi, southeast of Milan. Over 2,000 Austrians were killed or wounded.
1798: British explorer George Vancouver died. He sailed with Captain James Cook to Australia and New Zealand and to the west coast of North America where Vancouver Island and Vancouver B.C. are named after him.
1801: The Barbary pirates of Tripoli declared war on the U.S., thereby beginning the First Barbary War.
1857: The Seepoys of India revolted against the British rule.
1865: Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy during the U.S. Civil War, was captured by Union forces.
1871: France and Germany signed a peace treaty in Frankfurt by which France ceded Alsace-Lorraine.
1881: King Carol I, Romania's first king, was crowned ("Carol" and "Carolus" are the Latin basis of what later became the name Germanic and English name Charles).
1933: Nazis in Berlin burned books by Jewish authors, including those by Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1940: Germany invaded Belgium and the Netherlands. Neville Chamberlain resigned as British Prime Minister; Winston Churchill, then first lord of the Admiralty, formed a coalition government with Conservative, Liberal and Labour members.
1941: Nazi government member Rudolf Hess flew a Messerschmitt fighter from Augsburg, Germany and parachuted out near Glasgow, Scotland, with his unauthorized "offer of peace" with Britain. He was imprisoned for the rest of his life.
1948: The Republic of China implemented measures granting President Chiang Kai-shek extended powers to deal with the Communist uprising.
1960: The U.S. nuclear submarine USS Triton completed the first underwater circumnavigation of the Earth.
1981: Francois Mitterrand won the French presidential election and became the first Socialist president of France in the Fifth Republic.
1994: Nelson Mandela was sworn in as South Africa's first black President.
2005: In Tbilisi, Georgia (one of the fifteen former republics of the Soviet Union), a hand grenade thrown at visiting U.S. President George W. Bush landed a few feet from him - but the old Russian-made RGD-5 grenade failed to detonate. The attempted assassin, Vladimir Arutyunian, an Armenian who was born in Georgia, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.