Jesus, Mary Magdalene, John discussed on Born to Win
Program the views and opinions expressed are those of the advertiser and do not necessarily represent those of w. I. EM network is pleased to present Ronald L dart and born to win. There is one event upon which all of history turns. Event attested well enough that millions of people believe accept it. Yet. It's enough that some do not. Although I will confess most of those who do not accept it have never really looked at the evidence. There was a man who was dead and buried. He was stone cold dead. He had a spear thrust into him in the blood drained from his body. He'd been carefully prepared for burial. His body tightly wrapped in a shroud. With burial spices in place all around him. He was laid in a tomb in the rock and a great stone was rolled over the entrance to the tomb guards were placed there to ensure that he stayed dead. He laid in that seal tomb for three days and three nights. The end of that seventy two hours. There was a greater quake the stone rolled away and the man walked out of that tomb alive. This is the man who looked death in the face and one, and as you know, his name was Jesus. Now, what makes this the most important event in history is that he defeated death for all of us. Poll writing in Hebrews had this to say about this. You'll find it in Hebrews two and beginning verse fourteen for as much then as the children are partake of flesh and blood. He that is Jesus also himself. Likewise, took part of the same that through death. He might destroy him that had the power of death. That is the devil and deliver them who through fear of death all their lifetime subject to bondage. Him who had the power of death? The devil was destroyed through death. When a how in the world does that work? Well, it works in the fact that Jesus died and was resurrected. Now, there's another reason why this event is so crucial in human history. If it were only a rumor, we could just believe it. But this event is no rumor it is far too. Well, attested one of the great themes of the bible is the importance of testimony. In the law. This is crucial principle of jurisprudence and rights. It's laid out early in the bible in Deuteronomy seventeen for six at the mouth of two witnesses or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death. But at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death. We're going to have any. He said she said in this law. We've got to have at least two witnesses and preferably three in order to execute a criminal. This is cited all the way down in the New Testament Matthew eighteen verse fifteen where Jesus is talking about relationships between people in his church. He says moreover, if your brother she'll trespass against you go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he will hear you you've gained your brother gave you'll not hear you then take one or two more that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established, and this concept of testimony and witnesses in the belief of witnesses really shot through the entire bible. So this being the case witnesses are crucial to the truth of the resurrection of Jesus, and whether we can believe it or not. So I called to the stand a man named John to testify. He was one of Jesus closest disciples. And he tells us what happened you'll find his account beginning John nineteen along about verse thirty one he says the Jews because it was the preparation of the body should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath day for that Sabbath was a high day be sought pilot that their legs might be broken. They might be taken away. Jesus has been on the cross for hours he has suffered terribly there. And so the time coming with a new holiday coming up the first day of unleavened bread or the first day of Passover the Jews wanted none of this going on on the festival the festival day. So let's get these men down off the stakes then came the soldiers and broke the legs of the first and of the other which was crucified which eases when it came to Jesus and. I saw that. He was dead already didn't break his legs. One of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side and their came out, blood and water. Now, he goes on to tell us all these things were done at the scripture should be fulfilled a bone of him show, not be broken. So we have established in testimony that he is dead. No is he dead. He got stabbed. And all the blood rushed out of him. And again, another scripture says they show look on him whom they pierced. Now after this. There was a man named Joseph of Arimathea who one of the disciples of Jesus. But he was a disciple secretly because he was a friend of the Jews asked pilot for the body of Jesus. So pilot said okay, and he came he took the body of Jesus down off the cross and a man named Nicodemus. Who was a man who first came to Jesus by night. They came together they brought a mixture of Mur and Aloes about one hundred pound weight, and they took the body of Jesus, and they wound up in linen clothes and spices is the manner of juices to bury now right nearby them. There was a garden and a new sepulcher apparently of Joseph Verma themes own sepulcher, and they lay Jesus there because of the Jews preparation day, the Sabbath was coming on fast, and they had to get this done. So they put him there. The sepulcher being near at hand. So we have testimony record that Jesus. Died that he was carefully prepared for burial. And buried. John picks up his testimony in the twentieth chapter with a Sunday morning. The first day of the week comes Mary Magdalene early. It was still dark to the sepulcher. And she sees the stone taken away from the sepulcher. So whatever happened had already happened while it was still dark. She ran and came to Simon Peter and the other disciple whom Jesus loved probably John and said to them they've taken the Lord out of the sepulcher, and we don't know where they have laid him. You have to understand at this point all disciples had no idea what had happened. They thought somebody rolled the stone back and somebody had taken Jesus body away in thrown it into some dump. So Peter ran out the other disciple came to the sepulcher they ran both of them together. The other disciple ran faster than Peter and got their first he stooped down. He looked inside. There was the shroud lying there with no body in it. He didn't go in. Then came Simon Peter right behind him. He went straight in and saw the linen clothes lying there. He also saw the napkin that had been put around Jesus head that was not lying with the linen clothes. It was carefully wrapped placed off to one side by itself. And then the other disciple came in with Peter and he saw and he believed. This was the first time it don't on these men what had happened because his yet. They did not understand the scriptures that Jesus had to rise from the dead. So the disciples went away to their own home. Mary on the other hand is standing off to one side weaving. She went over she stooped down, and she looked into the sepulcher and her started amazement she saw two handles in white sitting one at the head the other defeat of where the body of Jesus lane. They said to her woman crying about and he said, well, they taken away my Lord. And I don't know where they have laid him. He's still doesn't have any idea. When she had said this. She turned herself back. Jesus standing there. But she didn't recognize him. Did not realize it was him. And she said Jesus said to her woman, are you crying about who you looking for. She was a gardener. And she said, sir. If you have taken him away, tell me where you've laid him and I'll take him completely away. And Jesus called her by name. Mary. And she turned herself and said rep, Donna. Master. Jesus. It don't touch me. I am not yet ascended to my father, go to my brethren say to them, I said to my father and to your father and to my God and your God. So Mary came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord that. He's spoken these things to her in the same day at evening being the first day of the week. When the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear that Jews Jesus came and stood in the midst of them and said peace Biondi you. Mary was the first person to see Jesus alive after the resurrection. Is fascinating way. I suppose it's possible that it was merely a coincidence that Mary happened to be there at the time that Jesus happened to be there. But I think far more likely Mary was an important person to Jesus he apparently cast seven demons out of the woman, and that there was a spiritual bond perhaps emotional bond between them I don't think there was any more than that. But the first person he presented himself to after he was raised from the dead was woman Mary Magdalene out of whom he had cast seven demons. So now, we have this affidavit I have in my hands, the affidavit of John you've probably have it in your home. It's in the bible.