Hello and welcome to episode 66.7 of The Berean Manifesto brought to you by The Ekklesian House. This is Pastor Bill and we're doing things a little different this week, actually we're capping off this week today with the last day of our daily devotional leading up to Easter.  That's right, this is our Easter episode, our Resurrection episode, we're talking about the Resurrection of Jesus today.  The following is a composite that I put together of Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, and John 20:1-29, 21:1-23.  Buckle in, it is a long passage, a great topic; much celebrated... Here we go...
 
"When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they could go and anoint Jesus. Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they went to the tomb at sunrise. They were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone from the entrance to the tomb for us?” There was a violent earthquake, because an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and approached the tomb. He rolled back the stone and was sitting on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. The guards were so shaken by fear of him that they became like dead men. When Mary Magdalene and the other Mary arrived they looked up, seeing that the stone – which was very large – had been rolled away. When they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side; they were alarmed. “Don’t be alarmed,” he told them. “You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth,” who was crucified. Why are you looking for the living among the dead? He has risen! He is not here. Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, “It is necessary that the Son of Man be betrayed into the hands of sinful men, be crucified, and rise on the third day?” See the place where they put Him. But go, tell His disciples and Peter, “He is going ahead of you to Galilee, you will see Him there just as He told you.” They went and told Peter and John that the stone had been removed from the tomb and that they didn’t know where Jesus’ body had been moved to. Peter and John ran to the tomb. The two were running together, but John outran Peter and got to the tomb first. Stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then, following him, Peter also came. He entered the tomb and saw the linen cloths lying there. The wrapping that had been on His head was not lying with the linen cloths but was folded up in a separate place by itself. John then also went in, saw, and believed. They did not yet understand the Scripture that He must rise from the dead; so they went away, amazed at what had happened. The other Mary went out and ran from the tomb, because trembling and astonishment overwhelmed her. And she said nothing to anyone, since she was afraid. Just then Jesus met her and said, “Greetings!” She came up, took hold of His feet, and worshiped Him. Then Jesus told her, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see me there.” She went and reported to those who had been with Him as they were mourning and weeping. Yet, when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe it; to them it sounded like nonsense. Mary Magdalene stood outside the tomb crying. As she was crying, she stooped to look into the tomb. She saw two angels in white sitting where Jesus’s body had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you crying?” Because they’ve taken away my Lord,” she told them, “and I don’t know where they’ve put Him.” Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know it was Jesus. “Woman,” Jesus said to her, “why are you crying?  Who is it that you’re seeking?” Supposing He was the gardener, she replied “Sir, if you’ve carried Him away, tell me where you’ve put Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” Turning around, she said to Him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” – which means “Teacher.” “Don’t cling to me,” Jesus told her, “since I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them that I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” She went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord!” and she told them what he had said to her. As they were on their way, some of the guards came into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. After the priests had assembled with the elders and agreed on a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money and told them, “Say this, “His disciples came during the night and stole him while we were sleeping.” If this reaches the governor’s ears, we will deal with him and keep you out of trouble.” They took the money and did as they were instructed, and this story has been spread among the Jewish people to this day. That same day two of the disciples were on their way to a village called Emmaus which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. Together they were discussing everything that had taken place. And while they were discussing and arguing, Jesus Himself came near and began to walk along with them. But they were prevented from recognizing Him. Then He asked them, “What is this dispute that you’re having with each other as you are walking?” And they stopped walking and looked discouraged. The one named Cleopas answered Him, “Are you the only visitor in Jerusalem who doesn’t know the things that happened there in these days?” “What things?” He asked them. So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet powerful in action and speech before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed Him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified Him. But we were hoping that He was the one who was about to redeem Israel. Besides all this, it’s the third day since these things happened. Moreover, some women from our group astounded us. They arrived early at the tomb, and when they didn’t find His body, they came and reported that they had seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they didn’t see Him.” He said to them, “How foolish and slow you are to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Wasn’t it necessary for the Messiah to suffer these things and enter into His glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted for them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures. They came near the village where they were going, and He gave the impression that He was going farther. But they urged Him, “Stay with us, because it’s almost evening, and now the day is almost over.” So He went in to stay with them. It was as He reclined at the table with them that He took the bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him, but He disappeared from their sight. They said to each other, “Weren’t our hearts burning within us while He was talking with us on the road and explaining the Scriptures to us?” That very hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem. They found the Eleven disciples and those with them gathered together, who said, “The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!” Then they began to describe what had happened on the road and how He was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.  About evening of the first day of the week Jesus appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table with the doors locked because they feared the Jews. He said to them, “Peace to you!” But they were startled and terrified and thought they were seeing a ghost. “Why are you troubled?” He asked them, “And why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself! Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have.” Having said this, He showed them His hands and feet. But while they still were amazed and in disbelief because of their joy, He asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish, and He took it and ate in their presence. He told them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you – that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. He also said to them, “This is what is written: The Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead the third day, and repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.” Then He said to them again, “Peace to you. As the Father has sent me, I also send you.” After saying this, He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you lead anyone to salvation, they are saved. And look, I am sending you what my Father promised. As for you, stay in the city until you are empowered from on high.” Thomas (known as “Twin”), one of the disciples, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples were telling him, “We’ve seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “If I don’t see the mark of the nails in His hands, put my finger into the mark of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will never believe.” A week later His disciples were indoors again, and Thomas was with them. Even though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Don’t be faithless, but believe.” Thomas responded to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said, “Because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” After this, Jesus revealed Himself again to his disciples by the Sea of Tiberias. He revealed himself in this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (called “Twin”), Nathanael from Cana of Galilee, Zebedee’s sons, John and one other of His other disciples were together. “I’m going fishing,” Simon Peter said to them. “We’re coming with you,” they told him. They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. When daybreak came, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not know it was Him. “Friends,” Jesus called to them, “you don’t have any fish, do you?” “No,” they answered. “Cast the net on the right side of the boat,” He told them, “and you’ll find some.” So they did, and they were unable to haul it in because of the large number of fish. John said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he tied his outer clothing around him (for he had taken it off) and plunged into the sea. Since they were not far from land (about a hundred yards away), the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish. When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish lying on it, and bread. “Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught,” Jesus told them. So Simon Peter climbed up and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish — 153 of them. Even though there were so many, the net was not torn. “Come and have breakfast,” Jesus told them. None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread, and gave it to them. He did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to the disciples after He was raised from the dead.  When they had eaten breakfast, Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said to him, “you know that I love you.” “Feed my lambs,” He told him. A second time he asked him, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Lord,” he said to Him, “you know that I love you.” “Shepherd my sheep,” He told him. He asked him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved that He asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” “Feed my sheep,” Jesus said. “Truly I tell you, when you were younger, you would tie your belt and walk wherever you wanted. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will tie you and carry you where you don’t want to go.” He said this to indicate by what kind of death Peter would glorify God. After saying this, He told him, “Follow me.” Peter turned around and saw John following them, the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and asked, “Lord, who is the one that’s going to betray you?” When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about him?” “If I want him to remain until I come,” Jesus answered, “what is that to you? As for you, follow me.” So this rumor spread to the brothers and sisters that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not tell him that he would not die, but, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you?” He led the disciples out to the vicinity of Bethany, and lifting up His hands He blessed them saying, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation making disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes; if they should drink anything deadly, it will not harm them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will get well. Remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” So the Lord Jesus, after speaking to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. After worshiping Him, they returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they were continually in the temple praising God."
 
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