Eyewitness to Easter: Pilate Guards the Tomb

Pilate has granted permission for Joseph of Arimathea to bury Jesus body but he’s not finished with situation, yet. “The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate  and said, “Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’”  {Matthew 27:62-63} Imagine the chief priest […]

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Eyewitness to Easter: Pilate Releases Jesus Body

Our last mention of Jesus in the Bible is releasing the body to Joseph of Arimathea. “Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.”  {Mark 15:43} Going before Pilate wasn’t an easy thing, but Joseph faced his fears […]

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Eyewitness to Easter: Pilate, Crucified Jesus

“So Pilate decided that their demand should be granted.”   {Luke 23:4} Pilate decided to give in to their demand, as a riot was beginning. “So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.”  {Matthew […]

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Eyewitness to Easter: Pilate, His Wife Warns Him

Besides, while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much because of him today in a dream.”   {Matthew 27:19} “The tenderness and care of Pilate’s wife, in sending this caution, thereupon, to her husband; Have nothing to do with that just man.”   {Matthew Henry Commentary} Pilate’s […]

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Eyewitness to Easter: Pilate, Found No Guilt

So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?”  Jesus answered, “My […]

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Eyewitness to Easter: Pilate, Questioned Jesus

We’ve been looking at Easter through the viewpoint of others. This time we are going to take a look from Pilate’s viewpoint. All four of the gospels give an account of Jesus trial before Pilate. I’ll primarily be using the account found in Luke and supplement with the other accounts. Jesus has been arrested and taken before the chief priest […]

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Eyewitness to Easter: Herod Tries Jesus

Herod Antipas ordered for John the Baptist to be beheaded. However, Jesus avoids him until he is arrested and brought up on charges. Jesus is first taken before Pontius Pilate.  “When he learned that Jesus was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time.”  {Luke 23:7} Herod Antipas is over Galilee which […]

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Eyewitness to Easter: Doubting Thomas

Upon the arrest of Jesus, the disciples disperse and only John mentioned at the cross and crucifixion.  We don’t know where the other disciples were or if they were watching from afar, which seems likely. We do know they feel lost and unsure of what’s next, believing Jesus is the Messiah.  After Jesus resurrection, we are told “That evening, the […]

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Eyewitness to Christmas: Wise Men Follow a Star

 Last time, we took a look at who the wise men were. Matthew does not tell us how many wise men there were or their names. However, Armenian tradition identifies the “Magi of Bethlehem” as Balthasar of Arabia, Melchior of Persia, and Gaspar {Caspar} of India. The Western Christian Church has accepted this tradition and regards these three men as saints. The wise men have […]

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John, the Fisherman

We are continuing our Eyewitness to Easter series with the apostle John.  Like Peter, John was a fisherman. When we meet John, he is going about his trade. “Jesus went on a little farther. He saw James and his brother John who were sons of Zebedee. They were in a boat mending their nets.”   {Mark 1:19} John is with his […]

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The Disciples: Simon Peter

We have been looking at the life of Jesus through the eyes of the witnesses of his birth and death.  However, what about his life?  Other, than his mother, those who knew him best were his inner circle, the twelve disciples.  But who were these men?  What do we know about them and what happened to them after Jesus ascension […]

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Peter and John

We have been review John’s relationship with Jesus and his eyewitness to not only Easter, but the life of Jesus. However, there is one other man who is often mentioned with John and that is Peter. Clearly, we know Peter and John knew one another before they met Jesus, because Peter is with Zebedee and his sons, when Jesus comes […]

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