BEHOLD THE MAN!     Part 2

Pilate said to the people,



Continuing with, "BEHOLD THE MAN!", we should keep in mind that Jesus' arrest, trial and crucifixion and burial all happened on the Day of Preparation for the PASSOVER, which is the annual Feast of Unleavened Bread. Luke 22:1 & John 19:14.

When we consider the week Jesus was arrested and crucified and buried, we should keep in mind these two scriptures:

           "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker that does not need to be ashamed, 

            RIGHTLY DIVIDING the word of truth." II Tim. 2:15 (NKJV) 

           "For as Jonah was THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son 

            of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." Matt. 12:40 (NKJV)

            (emphasis is mine in both verses - and through out this devotional DRB)

God saw fit to give us the Gospel message in the form of four books: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. We cannot get the entire message of Jesus in just one of the books. We have to read and study all four ACCOUNTS of the Gospel as an OVER-LAY or as viewing them as INTER-LOCKING into one harmonious revelation of our redemption.

I will start with John's account of the Gospel:

      "Now it was the PREPARATION DAY of the Passover,------" John 19:14 (NKJV)

Now we go and read the verse 31 of John 19 -

      "Therefore, because it was the PREPARATION DAY, that the bodies should not remain on the cross 

       on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), - - - -" (NKJV)

Many have concluded, in using only verse 31, that the Preparation Day, the day Christ was crucified and buried was Friday before the weekly Sabbath. However, bringing verse 14 into the study, we see that the words PREPARATION DAY of the PASSOVER changes the dynamics of which day this actually is, plus John adds the additional information in vs 31 "that day was a HIGH DAY" - now on to next paragraph - - - 

Thankfully, John DOES includes the explanation (for that Sabbath was a high day), which is a description used only of the first day of Passover. Some translations uses the words a special day. A seventh day Sabbath would only be a routine Sabbath rather than special. An annual Sabbath would definitely be a special, or high day. For verification that the day following the Day of Preparation, first day of Passover, was in deed a Sabbath, please go to Leviticus 23:5-8. The same laws and restrictions that applied to the weekly Sabbath, also applied to an annual Sabbath: no heavy labor, no cooking, and only a little walking.

Also, as dealt with in a previous devotional we will make a brief look at Mark 16:1. Here we read that after the Sabbath, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices to anoint Jesus' body.

I have absolutely no problem taking Jesus very seriously when He said:

       "For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the 

        Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 

                                                                                                         Matt. 12:40 (NKJV)

Therefore, I have no problem concluding that after resting on the Passover Sabbath (a high or special day), the women then went on Friday to purchase and prepare spices for Jesus' anointing. After all He had just been buried!

In Mark 16:1 we see that AFTER the Sabbath the women bought spices to anoint Him.

In Luke 23:55-56, we read that on the Preparation Day women who had followed from Galilee, observed the tomb. They then returned and prepared spices, AND THEN rested on the Sabbath. 

After reading these two scriptures, my view is this: MARK is looking from the perspective of the HIGH DAY Sabbath. The women rested on the High Day or Passover Sabbath, then went to purchase spices.

LUKE, on the other hand is viewing from the perspective of the WEEKLY SABBATH, with the women preparing spices. It is interesting that only Mark mentions that the women BOUGHT spices, whereas only Luke mentions that they PREPARED spices. No harm is done to scripture to say that the women BOUGHT and PREPARED spices.

Now for a third OVER-LAY or INTER-LOCK, this time from John. In John 20:1 we read this very interesting view of the women, though only Mary Magdalene is mentioned (the first name in Mark's list). She may have been alone, but John did not say she was or not. Please take note:

     "Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb." (NKJV) As mentioned earlier, NO SUNRISE RESURRECTION SERVICE POSSIBLE!!

All four Gospel accounts, Matthew 27:57-61 and Mark 15:42-47 and Luke 23:50-53 and John 19:38-42 tell us that Joseph and Nicodemus, secret-night-disciples, took Jesus' body down, prepared it for burial with spices and laid it in a newly hewned tomb. All four do not mention both men, but a conscientious reader will understand there is no contradiction.  

In thoughtfully considering these mentioned scriptures, it appears to me that the only obvious conclusion is we have two different Sabbaths. Mark is seeing the women as having rested on the HIGH DAY or PASSOVER SABBATH, whereas Luke sees them resting on the WEEKLY SABBATH. Mark sees the women as preparing the spices AFTER RESTING on the ANNUAL PASSOVER SABBATH. Luke see the women as preparing the spices BEFORE RESTING and the WEEKLY SABBATH. They rested ON BOTH SABBATHS - three days apart!!

Mark names several women that were concerned with the spices. Luke does not mention names, merely THE WOMEN. Perhaps John is speaking of the same women as Mark and Luke, but he names only one, Mary Magdalene in John 20:1. She came to the tomb on Sunday morning (first day of the week), while it was still dark, but finds that the stone is already rolled away AND EMPTY. NO POSSIBILITY OF SUNDAY MORNING SUN-RISE RESURRECTION SERVICE HERE!! 

With the scriptures provided, it is easy to count each of the THREE DAYS IN THE TOMB between His burial and resurrection:

      FIRST DAY: Joseph and Nicodemus laid Jesus' body in the tomb at the end of Day of Preparation. 

          Thursday, PASSOVER SABBATH is day ONE.      

     SECOND DAY: After the PASSOVER SABBATH the women bought spices (Friday). This is day TWO.

     THIRD DAY: The women returned and prepared spices and RESTED ON THE WEEKLY SABBATH 

          according to the commandment. This is day THREE.

Please note, when the women, namely Mary Magdalene, went to the tomb on the first day of the week, that would be a FOURTH day, but the stone was rolled away and the tomb was empty.

We must not let words confuse the issue. Matthew 28:1 says, ". .after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn. . ". Most people consider this to refer to MORNING SUN RISE. The word dawn has nothing to do with a sunrise. Dawn or dawning merely means BEGINNING, as in the DAWNING OF THE INDUSTRIAL AGE, or DAWNING OF THE NUCLEAR AGE or DAWNING OF THE SPACE AGE. Because the Jews counted days from 6 P.M. to 6 P.M., the first day of the week was dawning at 6 P.M. as the Sabbath ended.

So we can say, "BEHOLD THE MAN!" He did exactly as He predicted. We can be assured that the entombment period Jesus gave as proof He was the Messiah was the very duration He foretold. Because most people do not understand the biblical Holy Days Jesus Christ and His followers kept, they fail to understand the chronological details so accurately preserved for us in the FOUR COLORFUL ACCOUNTS OF THE GOSPEL!

Just a Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don.  

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