Jesus’ Mission

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JE Bradburn

Jesus’ Primary Mission

Jesus’ mission was to reach the lost sheep of Israel. Through their carelessness about the law, the Religious Leaders had become the enemies of Jehovah; however, Jehovah loved His enemies. Jesus’ conviction was that both He and his disciples must love them too.


Matthew 5:38—48 (KJV)

38 “Ye have heard that it hath been said, ‘an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:’”

39 “But I say unto you, ‘that ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.’”

40 “And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also

41 “And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain

42 “Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away

43 “Ye have heard that it hath been said, ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy

44 “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you

   45 “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust

46 “For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? ‘Do not even the publicans the same?’”

47 “And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? ‘Do not even the publicans so

48 “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect


Jesus was challenged on one occasion for enjoying table fellowship with social outcasts (who were known to the religious Hebrews as sinners) in the house of Levi, the tax collector in Capernaum. He replied to criticism:


Mark 2:17 (KJV) “When Jesus heard it, He saith unto them, ‘They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick:’ I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.’”


Another time, when the religious authorities murmured that:


Luke 15:2 (KJV) “And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, ‘This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them


Jesus told three parables of Jehovah His Father Luke 15:3 (KJV) “And He spake this parable unto them, saying Jesus told three parables of Jehovah’ inexhaustible love for those who are ‘lost’ and of Jehovah’ unbridled joy when the lost are found Luke 15:3—32 (KJV) (The parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son). He claimed that Jehovah’ joy at the recovery of all such sinners (tax collectors, prostitutes, shepherds, soldiers, and others despised by the pious in Israel) was greater than any joy “over 99% of righteous people who do not need repentance”


Luke 15:7 (KJV) “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance


Compare Luke 15:25—32 (KJV)

25 “Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing

26 “And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant

27 “And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound

28 “And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him

29 “And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends

30 “But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf

31 “And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine

32 “It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found


Such an exuberant (full of happy high spirits and vitality) celebration of Divine mercy, whether expressed in Jesus’ actions or in the stories He told, must have seemed to religious leaders both in Galilee and Jerusalem a serious lowering of ancient ethical standards, and a damaging compromise of the holiness of Jehovah.

We have little evidence that Jesus included non-Jews among the “sinners” to whom He was sent. Despite the reference in:


Luke 4:25—27 (KJV)

25 “But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land

26 “But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow

27 “And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian


To Elijah and Elisha and their ministry to foreigners, Jesus explicitly denied that He was sent to Gentiles or Samaritans. [See the lineage before the civil war].


Matthew 15:24 (KJV) “But He answered and said, “I am not sent; but [only] unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel


Matthew 10:5—6 (KJV)

5 “These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, ‘Go not into the way of the Gentiles [non-Jews], and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:’” A member of a people inhabiting Samaria in biblical times, or of the modern community claiming descent from them, adhering to a form of Judaism accepting only its own ancient version of the Pentateuch as Scripture.

6 “But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel


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Yet the principle, “not to the righteous, but to the sinners” made the extension of the good news of the Kingdom of Jehovah to the Gentiles after Jesus’ resurrection a natural one.


Even during Jesus’ lifetime, He responded to the initiatives of Gentiles seeking His help.


Matthew 8:5—13 (KJV)

05 “And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto Him a centurion, beseeching Him

06 “And saying, ‘Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.’”

07 “And Jesus saith unto him, ‘I will come and heal him.’”

08 “The centurion answered and said, ‘Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.’”

09 “For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it

10 “When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, ‘Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.’”


11 “And I say unto you, ‘That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven’”


12 “But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth[Those that do not believe in God.]

13 “And Jesus said unto the centurion, ‘Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the self-same hour.’”


Luke 7:1—10 (KJV)

01 “Now when He had ended all His sayings in the audience of the people, He entered into Capernaum

02 “And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die

03 “And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto Him the elders of the Jews, beseeching Him that He would come and heal his servant

04 “And when they came to Jesus, they besought Him instantly, saying, ‘That he was worthy for whom he should do this:’”

05 “For He loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue

06 “Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying unto Him, ‘Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof:’”

07 “Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed

08 “For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it

09 “When Jesus heard these things, He marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, ‘I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.’”

10 “And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick


Mark 7:24—30 (KJV)

24 “And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but He could not be hid

25 “For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at His feet

26 “The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought Him that He would cast forth the devil out of her daughter

27 “But Jesus said unto her, ‘Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.’”

28 “And she answered and said unto Him, ‘Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs.’”

29 “And He said unto her, ‘For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter.’”

30 “And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed


Matthew 15: 21—28 (KJV)

21 “Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon

22 “And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto Him, saying, ‘Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.”’

23 “But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and besought Him, saying, ‘Send her away; for she crieth after us.’”

24 “But He answered and said, ‘Am I not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.””

25 “Then came she and worshipped Him, saying, ‘Lord, help me.’”

26 “But He answered and said, ‘It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.’”

27 “And she said, ‘Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.’”

28 “Then Jesus answered and said unto her, ‘O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt.’ And her daughter was made whole from that very hour


Sometimes, in such a way as to put Israel to shame Matthew 8:10 (KJV) “When Jesus heard it, He marvelled, and said to them that followed, ‘Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.’”


Twice He travelled through Samaria.


Luke 9:51—56 (KJV)

51 “And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem

52 “And sent messengers before His face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for Him

53 “And they did not receive Him, because His face was as though He would go to Jerusalem

54 “And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, ‘Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?’”

55 “But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, ‘Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.’”

56 “For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.’”


John 4:4 (KJV) “And He must needs go through Samaria


Once He stayed in a Samaritan village for two days, calling a Samaritan woman and a number of other townspeople to faith


John 4:5—42 (KJV)

05 “Then cometh He to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph

06 “Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with His journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour

07 “There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, ‘Give me to drink

08 “(For His disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)”

09 “Then saith the woman of Samaria unto Him, ‘How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.’”

10 “Jesus answered and said unto her, ‘If thou knewest the gift of God [Jehovah], and who it is that saith to thee, ‘Give Me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of Him, and He would have given thee living water.’”

11 “The woman saith unto Him, ‘Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?’”

12 “Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle

13 “Jesus answered and said unto her, ‘Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:’”

14 “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life

15 “The woman saith unto him, ‘Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw

16 “Jesus saith unto her, ‘Go, call thy husband, and come hither.’”

17 “The woman answered and said, ‘I have no husband.’ Jesus said unto her, ‘Thou hast well said, I have no husband:’”

18 “For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly

19 “The woman saith unto Him, ‘Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.’”

20 “Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, ‘that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.’”

21 “Jesus saith unto her, ‘Woman, believe Me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.’”

22 “Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews

23 “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him

24 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth

25 “The woman saith unto Him, ‘I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when He is come, He will tell us all things.’”

26 “Jesus saith unto her, ‘I that speak unto thee am He.’”

27 “And upon this came His disciples, and marvelled that He talked with the woman: yet no man said, ‘What seekest thou? or, ‘Why talkest thou with her?’”

28 “The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men

29 “Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ

30 “Then they went out of the city, and came unto Him

31 “In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, ‘Master, eat.’”

32 “But He said unto them, ‘I have meat to eat that ye know not of.’”

33 “Therefore said the disciples one to another, ‘Hath any man brought Him ought to eat

34 “Jesus saith unto them, ‘My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work

35 “Say not ye, ‘There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest?’ behold, I say unto you, ‘Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.’”

36 “And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together

37 “And herein is that saying true, ‘One soweth, and another reapeth.’”

38 “I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours

39 “And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on Him for the saying of the woman, which testified, ‘He told me all that ever I did.’”

40 “So when the Samaritans were come unto Him, they besought Him that He would tarry with them: and He abode there two days

41 “And many more believed because of His own word

42 “And said unto the woman, ‘Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard Him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world


Once He made a Samaritan the hero of one of His parables.


Luke 10: 29—37 (KJV)

29 “But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbour?’”

30 “And Jesus answering said, ‘A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.’”

31 “And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side

32 “And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side

33 “But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him

34 “And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.”

35 “And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee

36 “Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves

37 “And he said, He that shewed mercy on him.’ Then said Jesus unto him, ‘Go, and do thou likewise.’”


Levite: Member of a group of clans of religious functionaries in ancient Israel who apparently were given a special religious status, conjecturally for slaughtering idolaters of the golden calf during the time of Moses (Ex. 32:25–29).


None of this was calculated to win him friends among the priests in Jerusalem or the Pharisees throughout Israel. He described visions that many would “come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into outer darkness.


Matthew 8:11—12 (KJV)

11 “And I say unto you, ‘That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.’” [Faith and belief.]

12 “But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth[Lack of faith and belief]

This completes a sentence begun in the previous verse (Matthew 8:11). Responding to the Roman officer's faith in Him, Jesus has said that many Gentiles will share a table in the kingdom of heaven with Israel's patriarchs. Now He adds that the "sons of the kingdom" will not be there, cast into outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


The phrase "sons of the kingdom" was a Jewish term for the nation of Israel. Jesus is teaching that simply being born into the nation of Israel will not guarantee someone a place in heaven, as was commonly thought among the Jewish people


Galatians 3:7–9 (KJV)

7 “Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham

8 “And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed

9 “So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham


Instead, Jesus is emphasizing that faith in Him—faith like that of the Roman centurion—will be the deciding factor about who is allowed into the kingdom


Galatians 3:28–29 (KJV)

28 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus

29 “And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise


Jesus is not saying all Jewish people will be excluded from heaven. After all, the patriarchs will be there. Many Jewish people will come to put their faith in Jesus. His point is simply that citizenship in Israel will not provide  just anybody; a place at the table.


Jesus goes even further. Those not allowed into the kingdom of heaven will be thrown out into a place of darkness and misery. "Weeping and gnashing of teeth" is language Jesus uses regularly to describe the suffering in hell


Matthew 13:42 (KJV) “And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth


Matthew 22:13 (KJV) “Then said the king to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”


Matthew 24:51 (KJV) “And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth


Matthew25:30 (KJV) “And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth


History is saturated in faith; Jehovah and His Son Elohim have made this quite clear from the beginning. This verse raises the question of what it means to be made in Jehovah’s image, or in His likeness. Without question, this statement does not mean that Jehovah created humans to resemble Him physically


John 4:24 (KJV) “Jehovah is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth


Rather, this supports the idea that Jehovah endowed humans with a certain kind of awareness, one which animals and birds and fish were not given. In other words, humans would possess the capacity for reason, morality, language, personality, and purpose. In particular, the ability to use morality and spirituality are unique to human beings among Jehovah’s creations on earth. Like Jehovah, we would possess the capacity to experience and understand love, truth, and beauty, if we do not already.


Humans are made in Jehovah’s image in another way: as a model, or a representative. Jehovah is the Maker, and all of creation belongs to Him. He is Lord over it. However, in the moment of creation, Jehovah gives mankind the responsibility to rule over all other life He has made on the earth. In that sense, humans would stand as Jehovah’s image, Jehovahs representatives, on earth as we rule over and manage all the rest of His creation.


Context Summary

Genesis 1:26–31(KJV)

26 “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth

27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them

28 “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, ‘Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.’”

29 “And God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.’”

30 “And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so

31 “And God saw everything that He had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day

The information we are given, however, is unmistakable. Man is uniquely created ''in the image'' of Jehovah, invested with authority over the earth, and commanded to reproduce. These points each establish critical aspects of the Christian worldview, and the proper attitude towards humanity.


“Genesis 2:7 (KJV)” “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”


 This describes the origin of human beings, the most unique of all Jehovah’s creations. As with other portions of this chapter, man is the purposeful creation of the One True God, and represents something special in this universe as a result.


Elohim is God the Son, the living "WORD" with creature form to create


Genesis 1 is a bare-bones claim that Jehovah spoke and Elohim created the universe. Jehovah means to be known as the Creator of all things. Written in the original Hebrew language according to a rigid, poetic structure, the chapter unfolds in a series of patterns and revelations. For those who believe these words, our response should be nothing less than to worship both our Maker and Creator.


Proverbs 20:24 (KJV) “Man's goings are of the Lord; how can a man then understand his own way Unless he learns through the Holy Spirit, the religious history starting with The Fall, and why we are here on this fallen earth. To realise the truth of Jehovah’s Plan and what His intention is.

Jehovah. While Elohim is God as the Creator of all things, Jehovah is the same God in covenant relation to those whom He has created (Cp. 2Chron. 18:31). Jehovah means the Eternal, the Immutable One, He Who WAS, and IS, and IS TO COME. The Divine definition is given in Gen. 21:33. He is especially, therefore, the God of Israel; and the God of those who are redeemed, and are thus now "in Christ". We can say "My God," but not "My Jehovah", for Jehovah is "MY God."


2 Chronicles 18:31 (KJV) “And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, It is the king of Israel. Therefore they compassed about him to fight: but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the Lord helped him; and God moved them to depart from him


Genesis 21:33 (KJV) “And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of the Lord, the everlasting God


He predicted that 12 uneducated Galileans would one day “sit on 12 thrones, judging the 12 tribes of Israel.”


Matthew 19:28 (KJV) “And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, ‘That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.’”


Compare Luke 22:28—29 (KJV)

28 “Ye are they which have continued with Me in My temptations

29 “And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as My Father hath appointed unto Me


He warned the religious leaders sternly that they were in danger of  “blasphemy against the spirit”by attributing the Spirit’ ministry through Him to the power of the devil.


Matthew 12:31 (KJV) “Wherefore I say unto you, ‘All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.’”

The whole affair was complicated by the concern of Jesus’ relatives over His safety and sanity, and by His consequent affirmation (an assertion of support or agreement) of His disciples as a new family based on obedience to the will of Jehovah.


Mark 3:21 (KJV) “And when His friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on Him: for they said, He is beside Himself


Mark 3:31—35 (KJV)

31 “There came then His brethren and His mother, and, standing without, sent unto Him, calling Him

32 “And the multitude sat about Him, and they said unto Him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for Thee

33 “And He answered them, saying, ‘Who is My mother, or My brethren?’”

34 “And He looked round about on them which sat about Him, and said, ‘Behold My mother and my brethren

35 “For whosoever shall do the will of God [Jehovah], the same is My brother, and My sister, and mother


  The so called “Beelzebub controversy,” triggered by His healing and saving activity, set a grim precedent for Jesus’ relationship with the Jerusalem authorities and made His eventual arrest, trial, and execution almost inevitable..


Mark 3:20—30 (KJV) 

20 “And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread

21 “And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself

22 “And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils

23 “And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?”

24 “And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand

25 “And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand

26 “And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end

27 “No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house

28 “Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme

29 “But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation

30 “Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit


From that time Jesus began to speak in parables to make the truth about Jehovah’s Kingdom clear to His followers while hiding while hiding it from those blind to its beauty and deaf to its call;


Mark 4:10—12 (KJV)

10 “And when He was alone, they that were about Him with the twelve asked of Him the parable

11 “And He said unto them, ‘Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God [Jehovah]: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:’”

12 “That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them


Notice that Jesus is first said to have spoken in parables in:


Mark 3:23 (KJV) “And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan


In the immediate response to the charge of demon possession He also began to intimate (having, involving, or resulting from a close personal relationship), sometimes in analogy or parable, and sometimes in explicit language.


Mark 10:38 (KJV) “But Jesus said unto them, ‘Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?’”


Luke 12: 49—50 (KJV)

49 “I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled

50 “But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!”

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John 3:14 (KJV) “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up


John 12:24—32 (KJV)

24 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, ‘Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.’”

25 “He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal

26 “If any man serve Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there shall also My servant be: if any man serve Me, him will My Father honour

27 “Now is My soul troubled; and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.’”

28 “Father, glorify Thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.’”

29 “The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to Him

30 “Jesus answered and said, ‘This voice came not because of Me, but for your sakes.’”

31 “Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out

32 “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me


Mark 8:31 (KJV) “And He began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again


Mark 9:31 (KJV) “For He taught His disciples, and said unto them, ‘The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill Him; and after that He is killed, He shall rise the third day


Mark 10: 33—34 (KJV)

33 “Saying, ‘Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn Him to death, and shall deliver Him to the Gentiles:’”

34 “And they shall mock Him, and shall scourge Him, and shall spit upon Him, and shall kill Him: and the third day He shall rise again


He would be arrested and tried by the religious leaders in Jerusalem, die on the stake, and rise from the dead after three days. From the start He had defined His mission, at least in part, as that of the “Servant of the Lord” See for example the citation of:


Isaiah 61: 1—2 (KJV)

1 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound

2 “To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn


Luke 4:18—19 (KJV)

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised

19 “To preach the acceptable year of the Lord


As His ministry moved towards its conclusion, the vicarious (experienced through somebody else rather than at first hand, by using sympathy or the power of the imagination) suffering of the Servant came into sharper and sharper focus for Jesus.


Isaiah 52:13—53 (KJV) “Behold, My servant shall deal prudently, He shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high


Isaiah 53—12: (KJV)

01 “Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed

02 “For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him

03 “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not

04 “Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God [Jehovah], and afflicted

05 “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed

06 “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all

07 “He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He openeth not His mouth

08 “He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare His generation? ‘For He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of My people was He stricken

09 “And He made His grave with the wicked and with the rich in His death; because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth

10 “Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief: when thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.”

11 “He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied: by His knowledge shall My righteous servant justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities

12 “Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong; because He hath poured out His soul unto death: and He was numbered with the transgressors; and He bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors


Mark 10:45 (KJV) “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.”


Mark 12:1—11 (KJV)

01 “And He began to speak unto them by parables. ‘A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country.’”

02 “And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard

03 “And they caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty

04 “And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled

05 “And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some

06 “Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son

07 “But those husbandmen said among themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.’”

08 “And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard

09 “What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others

10 “And have ye not read this scripture; ‘The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner:,”

11 “This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes


He also saw Himself as the stricken shepherd of Zechariah 13:7 (KJV) “Awake, O sword, against My shepherd, and against the man that is My fellow, saith the Lord of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn Mine hand upon the little ones.”


Mark 14:27 (KJV) “And Jesus saith unto them, ‘All ye shall be offended because of Me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.’”


At the very end, in the role of the righteous Sufferer of the Biblical Psalms.


Mark15:34 (KJV) “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?’ which is, being interpreted, My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken Me

Luke 23:46 (KJV) “And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, He said, ‘Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit’: and having said thus, He gave up the ghost.’”

John 19:28 (KJV) “After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, ‘I thirst.’”


Before His arrest He dramatised for the disciple His impending death by sharing with them in the bread and the cup of the Passover with the explanation that the bread represented His body to be broken for them; and that the cup of wine represented His blood to be shed for their Salvation. Only His death would guarantee the coming of the Kingdom He had proclaimed.


Matthew 26: 26—29 (KJV)

26 “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat; this is My body

27 “And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink ye all of it;’”

28 “For this is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins

29 “But I say unto you, ‘I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom


Mark 14:22—25 (KJV)

22 “And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, ‘Take, eat: this is My body.’”

23 “And He took the cup, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them: and they all drank of it.”

24 “And He said unto them, ‘This is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.’”

25 “Verily I say unto you, ‘I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.’”


Luke 22:14—20 (KJV)

14 “And when the hour was come, He sat down, and the twelve apostles with Him

15 “And He said unto them, ‘With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:””

16 “For I say unto you, ‘I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God

17 “And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, ‘Take this, and divide it among yourselves:’”

18 “For I say unto you, ‘I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.’”

19 “And He took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, ‘This is My body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of Me

20 “Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you.’”


1 Corinthians 11: 23—26 (KJV)

23 “For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which He was betrayed took bread

24 “And when He had given thanks, He brake it, and said, ‘Take, eat: this is My body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of Me.’”

25 “After the same manner also He took the cup, when He had supped, saying, ‘This cup is the new testament in My blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of Me.’”

26 “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till He come


Jesus’ death and Resurrection

The Gospel accounts of Jesus’ last days in Jerusalem correspond in broad outline to the prediction attributed to Him earlier. He seems to have come to Jerusalem for the last time in the knowledge that He would die there. Even though He received a royal welcome from crowds who looked to Him as the long expected Messiah (in the Hebrew Bible, an anointed king who will lead the Jews back to the land of Israel and establish justice in the world).


Matthew 21: 9—11 (KJV)

09 “And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, ‘Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.’”

10 “And when He was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, ‘Who is this?’”

11 “And the multitude said, ‘This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.’”


Mark 11:9—10 (KJV)

09 “And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, ‘Hosanna; Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord:’”

10 “Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: ‘Hosanna in the highest.’”


John 12:13 (KJV) “Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet Him, and cried, ‘Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord [Jehovah].’”


No evidence points to this as the reason for His arrest. Rather His action in driving the money changers out of the Jerusalem temple.


Matthew 21:12—16 (KJV)

12 “And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves

13 “And said unto them, ‘It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer;’ but ye have made it a den of thieves.’”

14 “And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple; and He healed them

15 “And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, ‘Hosanna to the son of David;’ they were sore displeased,’”

16 “And said unto Him, ‘Hearest thou what these say?’ And Jesus saith unto them, ‘Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?’M”


Mark11:15—17 (KJV)

15 “And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves

16 “And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple(Vessel = receptacle)

17 “And He taught, saying unto them, ‘Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.’”


Compare John2:13—22 (KJV)

13 “And the Jews' Passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem

14 “And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting

15 “And when He had made a scourge [whip] of small cords, He drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables

16 “And said unto them that sold doves, ‘Take these things hence; make not My Father's house an house of merchandise.’”

17 “And His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘The zeal of thine house hath eaten Me up

18 “Then answered the Jews and said unto Him, ‘What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?’”

19 “Jesus answered and said unto them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up’”

20 “Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt Thou rear it up in three days?”

21 “But He spake of the temple of His body.

22 “When therefore He was risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.””


As well as certain of His pronouncements about the temple aroused the authorities to act decisively against Him. During His last week in Jerusalem, Jesus had predicted the temple’s destruction. 


Matthew 24:1—2 (KJV)

1 “And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and His disciples came to Him for to shew Him the buildings of the temple

2 “And Jesus said unto them, ‘See ye not all these things?’ verily I say unto you, ‘There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.’”


Mark 13:1—2 (KJV)

1 “And as He went out of the temple, one of His disciples saith unto Him, ‘Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!’”

2 “And Jesus answering said unto him, ‘Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.’”


Luke 21:5—6 (KJV)

5 “And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, He said

6 “As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down


And he claimed that “I will demolish this sanctuary made by hands, and in three days I will build another not made by hands.”


Mark 14:58 (KJV) “We heard Him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.’”


Compare Matthew 26:61 (KJV) “And said, This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days


Jesus’ intention was to establish a new community as a “temple,” or a dwelling place of Jehovah and was seen as a very real threat to the old community of Judaism and to the temple that stood as its embodiment. On this basis He was arrested and charged as a deceiver of the people.


Matthew 16:18 (KJV) “And I say also unto thee, ‘That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.’”


John 2:19 (KJV) “Jesus answered and said unto them [Pharisees], ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’”


1 Corinthians 3:16—17 (KJV)

16 “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you

17 “If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are


During a hearing before the Sanhedrin, or Hebrew ruling council, Jesus spoke of Himself as “Son of man.


Mark 14:62 (KJV) “And Jesus said, ‘I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.’”


Compare Matthew 26:64 (KJV) “Jesus saith unto him, ‘Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you,’ ‘ Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.’”


Luke 22:69 (KJV) “Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God


Even though the High Priest called this blasphemy and the Sanhedrin agreed that such behaviour deserved death, the results of the hearing seem to have been inconclusive. If Jesus had been formally tried and convicted by the Sanhedrin, he would have been stoned to death just like Stephen in Acts 7, or like the attempted stoning of the woman caught in adultery in a story reported in some manuscripts.


John 8: 1—11 (KJV)

01 “Jesus went unto the mount of Olives

02 “And early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came unto Him; and He sat down, and taught them

03 “And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto Him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst

04 “They say unto Him, ‘Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act’

05 “Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou

06 “This they said, tempting Him, that they might have to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down, and with His finger wrote on the ground, as though He heard them not

07 “So when they continued asking Him, He lifted up Himself, and said unto them, ‘He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.’”

08 “And again He stooped down, and wrote on the ground

09 “And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.”

10 “When Jesus had lifted up Himself, and saw none but the woman, He said unto her, ‘Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?’”

11 “She said, ‘No man, Lord.’ And Jesus said unto her, ‘Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.’”


For whatever reason the high priest and his cohorts apparently found no formal charges they could make stick. If Jesus were stoned to death without a formal conviction, it would be murder, a sin [6th] of the Ten Commandments forbid.


John 18:31 (KJV) “Then said Pilate unto them, ‘Take ye Him, and judge Him according to your law.’ The Jews therefore said unto him, ‘It is not lawful for us to put any man to death:’”


(Refers to what was forbidden to the Hebrews by their own law, not what was forbidden by the Romans.)


The Sanhedrin decided, therefore, to send Jesus to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor, with charges against Him which the Romans would take seriously: “We found this man subverting (to undermine or overthrow a government or other institution) our nation, opposing payment of taxes to Caesar, and saying “that He Himself is the Messiah, a King


Luke 23:2 (KJV) “And they began to accuse Him, saying, ‘We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that He Himself is Christ a King.’”


Jesus’ execution is therefore attributable neither to the Hebrew people as a whole, nor to the Sanhedrin, but rather to a small group of priests (who crept in unawares) and manipulated the Romans into doing what they were not able to accomplish within the framework of their law. Even though Pilate pronounced Jesus innocent three times.


Luke 23:4, 14, 22; (KJV) “Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man


Luke 23:22; (KJV) “And he said unto them the third time, ‘Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let Him go.’”


Compare John 18:38 (KJV) “Pilate saith unto Him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, ‘I find in Him no fault at all.’”


John 19:4 (KJV) “Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, ‘Behold, I bring Him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in Him.’”


John 19:6 (KJV) “When the chief priests therefore and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, ,Crucify Him, crucify Him.’ Pilate saith unto them, ‘Take ye Him, and crucify Him: for I find no fault in Him.’”


Pilate was manoeuvred into sentencing Jesus with this thinly veiled accusation.


John 19:12 (KJV) “And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar's friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar


Consequently, Jesus was crucified between two thieves, fulfilling His own prediction “that as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so the Son of man must be lifted up

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John 3:14 (KJV) “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up


Here I must explain: Christ Jesus had to conform to the “Lamb to slaughter on a stake and not on a crucifix;” where three days later He would be resurrected. After a little while “He would sit at the Right Hand of Jehovah in heaven” Most of His disciples fled at His arrest, only a group of women and one disciple, called the disciple whom He loved were present at the stake when He died. (The letters “INRI” are initials for the Latin title that Pontius Pilate had written over the head of Jesus Christ on the stake(John 19:19). Latin was the official language of the Roman Empire. The words are “Iesvs Nazarenvs Rex Ivdaeorvm You will notice that a couple of the letters look peculiar). Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews


 Genesis 3:15 (KJV) “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman [Israel], and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel


John 19:19 (KJV) “And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross stake. And the writing was ‘Jesus Of Nazareth The King Of The Jews.’”


John 19:25—27 (KJV)

25 “Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene

26 “When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son

27 “Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home


Compare Matthew 27:55—56 (KJV)

55 “And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto Him:”

56 “Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedees children


Mark 15:40 (KJV) “There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mariam Magdalene, and Mariam the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome


Luke 23:49 (KJV) “And all His acquaintance, and the women that followed Him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things


The story does not end with the death of Jesus.

His body was placed in a new tomb which belonged to a secret disciple named Joseph at Arimathea.


Luke 23:50—56  (KJV)

50 “And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor; and he was a good man, and a just

51 (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them ;) “He was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God

52 “This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus

53 “And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid

54 “And that day was the preparation, and the Sabbath drew on

55 “And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how His body was laid

56 “And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment


John 19:38—42 (KJV)

 38 “And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus

39 “And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight

40 “Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury

41 “Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid

42 “There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand


The Gospels agree that two days later, the morning after the Sabbath, some of the women who had remained faithful to Jesus came to the tomb. They discovered the stone over the entrance to the Sepulchre had been rolled away and the body of Jesus had gone. According to Mark, a young man was there.


Mark 16:5 (KJV) “And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted


According to Matthew, the young man’s word was confirmed to the women by the risen Jesus Himself. When they brought word to the Eleven disciples (the Twelve minus Judas, the betrayer), the disciples went to a mountain in Galilee, where the risen Jesus appeared to them as a group. He commanded them to make more disciples, teaching and baptising among the Gentiles.


Matthew 28:16—20 (KJV)

16 “Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them

17 “And when they saw Him, they worshipped Him: but some doubted

18 “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, ‘All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth.’”

19 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost

20 “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen


According to Luke, the risen Jesus appeared to the gathered disciples already in Jerusalem on the same day as He was raised and before that to two disciples walking to the neigjhbouring town of Emmaus. According to John, there was an appearance in Jerusalem on easter day to one of the women, Mariam, another on the same day to the gathered disciples, another a week later (still in Jerusalem) to the same group plus [doubting] Thomas, and a fourth appearance, at an unstated time, by the Lake of Galilee, in which Jesus re-enacted the initial call of the disciples by providing them miraculously with an enormous catch of fish. Luke adds in the book of Acts that the appearances of the risen Jesus went on over a period of 40 days in which He continued to instruct them about the Kingdom of Jehovah. Whatever the precise order of the facts, the disciples’ experience of the living Jesus transformed them from a scattered and cowardly band of disillusioned visionaries into the nucleus of a coherent movement able to challenge and change forever the Roman Empire within a few short decades.

  Alternate “naturalistic” explanations of the disciples’ experience and of the empty sepulchre require without exception more credibility than the traditional confession of the Christian church that on the third day He arose from the dead. The unanimous witness of the Gospels is that the story goes on. Mark does it with the promise that Jesus will bring together His scattered flock and lead them into Galilee


Mark 16:7 (KJV) “But go your way, tell His disciples and Peter that He goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see Him, as He said unto you    


Matthew does it more explicitly with Jesus’ concluding words Matthew 28:20 (KJV) “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”


Luke does it with the entire Book of Acts, which traces the spread of the message of the Kingdom of Jehovah and the risen Elohim from Jerusalem all the way to Rome. John does it with his vivid picture of the Holy Spirit being given to the disciples directly from the mouth of Jesus Himself:


John 20:21—22 (KJV)

21 “Then said Jesus to them again, ‘Peace be unto you: as My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you.’”

22 “And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and saith unto them, ‘Receive ye the Holy Ghost:’”


Each Gospel makes the point differently, but the point is always the same. The story of Jesus is not over; He continues to fulfil His mission whenever His name is confessed and His teaching is obeyed, and the faith of Christians is that He will do so until He comes again.