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Where is the Body of Christ?

Without the resurrection of Jesus Christ the religion of Christianity would be a waste of time. He promised that his physical body would be raised up. The authorities had merely to produce Jesus’ body and his followers would have immediately disbanded. But try as they might, no body could be located.

A writ of habeas corpus (literally to “produce the body”) is a court order to a person holding someone in custody to deliver the imprisoned, living or dead individual to the court issuing the order. Many state constitutions provide for writs of habeas corpus, as does the U.S. Constitution.

Of course, the body may be dead as well as alive. The Roman government could have asked the Jewish leaders to produce the body of Jesus. However, the Romans didn’t care. This was a local religious issue to them and of no concern. But the Jewish leaders needed that body to prove their rectitude in killing Jesus
in the first place. Both Romans and the Jews would have their justification – that Jesus of Nazareth was a fraud.

But without a body their case is lost, and this God-man was exactly who He said He was. It is the most startling fact of the whole gospel story; of anything ever done or said in Israel, the one fact remains that His corpse was never found, and that fact stands today.

Jesus claimed that if this temple, referring to his physical body, was destroyed it would be raised up in 3 days. (Matthew 27:40) The Bible believes the physical body is your temple, which is why it must serve only God and not be violated by sin. But people scoffed, and tried to insist he was referring to the Temple in Jerusalem.

This is not your local police here. The Roman government was an army of occupation and could do as it pleased in Israel. The soldiers had the authority to go from door to door whipping and interrogating the locals. The body, were it available, had to be in this area. No human power could have spirited it away. But the Romans did not care about this local matter, the Jewish authorities had little power to search and Pilate had turned the whole bloody mess over to the Jews in any event. They did have cash so they bribed some men to make up a story.

The seriousness of the claim of Jesus is demonstrated by the fact that they had two soldiers guarding the tomb. These men could have been hanged if the tomb and its contents had been violated. It was common enough for soldiers to lose their lives if their post had not been maintained as we see in the book of Acts 16:27. Even today in Japan public officials who fail in their job may offer to commit suicide.

This was not especially believable since the Jews had their own authority over the people. If a body were somewhere, even a fake corpse of some man recently crucified might have fulfilled their demand. The two men who were crucified with Jesus could not be substituted because they had not been shredded with thongs with metal tips; they had no crown of thorns and a bloody scalp. His body was a grisly sight; theirs was not.

But still – no body. It could not be found, reproduced, or faked. Whatever Jesus was, he was not dead.

The disciples knew this and were in hiding. Jesus meanwhile is walking around town greeting people and raising up old Jewish saints from their graves. This kind of stuff cannot be contained even by cash payments. A few of his disciples had seen him, plus another 500 or more. Of this group only 120 met in an upper room. That was the “new” born-again Body of Jesus, His disciples in our midst from that day until this one.

The Resurrection of the Body of Jesus is the foundation of our faith as well as our personal promise of everlasting ife. Many religions have powerful charismatic leaders; only Christianity has a resurrected one.

6 Hours on the Cross – The Crucifixion

Jesus was nailed to the cross at 9 a.m., which Jews called the 3rd hour of the day because the day began at 6 a.m. He gave up the ghost at 3 p.m.

Luke 23: 44 Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. 45 Then the sun was darkened,[b] and the veil of the temple was torn in two. 46 And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.”

Six is the traditional number of man who was created on the 6th day. 666 is the number of the evil-incarnate man. The Star of David has 6 points, three of these represent the human spirit, soul and body; the other three represent the 3 persons of God, God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the every present Holy Spirit. Laid on top of each other they represent Jesus, the perfect man,  perfect God and Son of David.

But why six hours? Jesus did not die for His own sins but for mankind’s. The first 3 hours when the sun was shining represent the renewed work of the Spirit to create one new man, the good part of the crucifixion. It was not enough to deal with sin – Jesus had to put in place the elements by which we grow in grace with ourselves and each other. There is the Church to consider. We may be saved individually but we are also part of a body. The last blackened, stormy 3 hours represent the punishment on all forms of evil and sin.  Then Jesus cried, “It is finished.” They put Him in a tomb and really thought that was the end of the story. But it wasn’t. He still had another thing or two to take care of.

While his disciples cried and feared, He visited the Temple where He surprised some priests with His own blood (not bull’s blood) and walked through the torn curtain which separated most of the tabernacle from both the Inner Court and the Outer Court. The priests on duty must have been mightily shocked. That curtain is as thick as a Persian rug! The curtain was torn top to bottom, indicating God did this, not human hands.

Then He went to the “spirits in prison” (1 Peter 3:19 “preached to the spirits in prison”) presumably those persons who had died without a chance to accept the promises of Father God. They could hear the same message from Him that we hear today and head up to heaven with him.

One occasionally hears that Jesus raised Himself up – not so. GOD raised him up. Acts 2:32 “This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses.” What is so interesting is that the Shroud of Turin looks like a photo of a crucified man. God is Light (1 John 1:5) That great flash bulb made a print and removed (vaporized might be a good word here) the earthly body.

Jesus was cremated by God and then given a new spiritual body which could walk through doors and be seen in diverse places.

Mary thought he was the Gardener, and rightly so. Adam, the 1st man, was to tend the Garden; the last Adam, Jesus, is mistaken for one. It all fits together so nicely.

 

Why am I unhappy?

The main cause of unhappiness is that you didn’t get your own way. This emotion leads to both physical and continued, expanded emotional problems, bitterness, anger, revenge, even murder. But how to stop it?

If Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart (Rev 3:20), how can you open the door? The knob on your side is named “Forgiveness.”

Jesus’ basic prayer for all persons says, “forgive us our transgressions as we have (already) forgiven others. All that crucifixion, all that victory for the whole world starts at forgiveness, which is not God’s job but yours. Jesus did His job; now you do your part.

But I can’t do that, you protest! Yes you can, your future depends on your ability to release yourself from the bondage. It has nothing to do with your being justified in your position. You may be the victim who appears on a TV program; your story may be so awful no one listens or believes you. Never mind, God knows. And while you are seething with resentment and blame, the person you have not forgiven is living life without any (apparent) sense of loss.

What happens when you forgive? First, you are free. (By the way you may need to voice this forgiveness many times over.) But when you take your hands off the person(s) who hurt you, God is available now to judge and reach them.

Vengeance is mine, says God. (Deut 32:35) Good – now He can step in. And no, you don’t need to know how He is dealing with them. You will find out in due time. This is His promise. (Deuteronomy 32:35-Vengeance is Mine, and recompense; Their foot shall slip in due time; For the day of their calamity is at hand, And the things to come hasten upon them.)

“I choose to forgive (name them by name if you can)” and allow God to free you and to handle this situation. And He will.

Do not forget to forgive yourself and God too. Most people are blaming Him for something. People who pray this prayer often report immediate changes in their life. Try it. After all, it is your life and only you are in charge of your own life.