12 Days of Easter

On the first day of Easter Jesus is betrayed with a kiss from a friend                                                                                                                       {Matthew 26:47-50} On the second day of Easter Jesus is arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane                                                                                                            {Mark 14:32-52} On the third day of Easter Jesus is mocked by the chief priest before being sent to Pilate                                                                                       {Mark 14:53-65} On the fourth […]

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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, 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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John, after the Transfiguration

The book of Acts opens with the transfiguration and then the men return to the upper room to wait. John is mentioned along with the other disciples. While in the upper room the Holy Spirit comes upon them. “Many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.”  {Acts 2:43} John was with Peter, when his friend performed his first miracle.  […]

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John, If I Want Him to Remain

Jesus asked Peter “Lovest thou me?” and tells him how he will die. {John 21:12-19} So, Peter is like so many of us. He wants to know about his friend. He looks over at John and asked “what about him?” How did Jesus answer? “Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that […]

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John, At the Resurrection

Jesus has been crucified and the disciples are probably feeling lost and questioning everything that happened the last three years. We do not know where they are or who else is with them, but we do know they are together. Mary Magdalene runs up to them and tells them the stone has been moved from the tomb. The two men […]

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