The face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. John 20:7-9
Note linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. John 20:7 (BBC): By now Peter had caught up and he went into the tomb without hesitation. There is something about his impulsive manner that makes us feel a kinship to him. He too saw the linen cloths lying there, but the body of the Savior was not there.
The detail about the handkerchief was added to show that the Lord’s departure was orderly and unhurried. If someone had stolen the body, he would not have carefully folded the cloth!
If body was stolen the average grave robber or disciple would not challenge a train Romans guard they would not have a chance against them . Neither a guard would not abandon there posts maybe fall a sleep we’ll on duty they would be putting to death. In Acts 16:17 when the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped.
Also In Acts 12:19 And after Herod searched for him and did not find him, he examined the sentries and ordered that they should be put to death.
Matthew 27:62-66 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.’ Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last fraud will be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can.” So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard.
Also in Matthew 28:12-15 when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day. Lasrly And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, Luke 24:2 It would be impossible for the disciples since the disciples did not understand even thou Jesus plainly told them they were afraid. A grave robber because they afraid of their own shadow.
The women went to the wrong tomb again weto examine the scriptures
After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body. Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there. John 19:38-42 –
Jesus was laid a new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb. Matthew 27:60-61
The women who had come with him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how his body was laid. Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments. On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.Luke 23:55-56 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid. Mark 15:47
When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back— it was very large.Mark 16:1,3-4
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.Luke 24:1-3
Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. John 20:1,11
Also note he John saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. John 20:9–10 (BBC): 20:9 Up until now, the disciples did not really understand the OT Scripture which stated that the Messiah must rise again from the dead. The Lord Himself had told them repeatedly, but they did not take it in. John was the first to understand.
20:10 Then the disciples returned to wherever they were staying—probably in Jerusalem. They doubtless concluded that there was no use waiting by the tomb. It would be better to go and tell the other disciples what they had found.
He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Luke 24:6-7,9
The Apostle Peter stated clearly stated in Acts 2:29,31-32 Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.
All Pharisees had to do produce produce Jesus body and where He was buried, and the disciples would been laugh out of town and dismissed as a delusional. The silent of the Jewish leader and they persecuted when the discples continue preached the gospel.
Jesus without doubt is one the key figure in history, Yet Wikipedia claim Jesus has several burial sites, There located in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. A second site, known as the Garden Tomb, located just outside Jerusalem the Old City. Other key religious leader such as Muhammad, Confucius, and Bahá’í you know where they were buried For example: Muhammad is buried in the Al-Masjid al-Nabawi, The grave of Confucius, founder of Confucianism, is in his home town of Qufu, Shandong Province, China, and Bábism The Shrine of the Báb, the burial location of the Báb, the founder of Bábism and one of three central figures of the Bahá’í Faith, is located on Mount Carmel, in Haifa, Israel. Yet, the historian can only speculate where Jesus was buried. The fact there not shrine built around His tomb speaks volumes
The delusion theory the follower of Christ were delusional again let exams scripture In The Case for Christ Lee Strobel wrote,“The disciples were fearful, doubtful, and in despair after the Crucifixion, whereas people who hallucinate need a fertile mind of expectancy or anticipation. Peter was hardheaded, for goodness’ sake; James was a skeptic-certainly not good candidates for hallucinations. Also, hallucinations are comparably rare. They’re usually caused by drugs or bodily deprivation.”
“if we establish the gospel accounts as being reliable, how do you account for the disciples eating with Jesus and touching him? How does he walk along with two of them on the road to Emmaus? And what about the empty tomb? If people only thought they saw Jesus, his body would still be in his grave.” Furthermore Thomas states Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” John 20:24-25,27-28
Or Saul later became Paul persecuted the church But Saul, still breathing threats and against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
In Acts 9:1-2 He encounter Jesus in Acts 9: 3-5 Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. The Apostle Paul wrote, Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.
1 Corinthians 15:6 -Rather difficult convince a hard-headed, a skeptic a person or who any one who persecuted the church and 500 witness not good candidates for hallucinations. Remember many of them martyred because they the gospel and believe in the Resurrection. The late Chuck Colton wrote Call I know the resurrection is a fact, and Watergate proved it to me. How? Because 12 men testified they had seen Jesus raised from the dead, then they proclaimed that truth for 40 years, never once denying it. Every one was beaten, tortured, stoned and put in prison. They would not have endured that if it weren’t true. Watergate embroiled 12 of the most powerful men in the world-and they couldn’t keep a lie for three weeks. You’re telling me 12 apostles could keep a lie for 40 years? Absolutely impossible.
Lastly my mother away on March 08 2012 it was sad day for me.and my sibling but also a happy day she was set free from all the physical infirmity, and free from the medication she had to take and lastly she longer. had to bear the sins anymore she while here on earth in my journal I wrote,Her mouth was left wide opened as thou she was asleep. Often while she was sleeping on the Lazy boy her mouth would be wide opened while a sleep as scripture states, in 1 Corinthians 15; 18 “Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ (have perished).” To me mother is only fell asleep and would wake in heaven.
Later I wrote, If mother could speak to us today likely she would states these words from, 2 Samuel 12;23 Why should we fast or wept will it bring me back however you will come to me some day if believe in Christ. That whoever believe in Him reign wih without the resurrection we would be without hope.
Dr Habermas wrote when his wife pass way due cancer he wrote “My wife was upstairs dying. Except for a few weeks, she was home through it all. It was an awful time it was trying time for him personally Several student called him stating“aren’t you glad about the Resurrection? ” His student were right
“As I would sit there, I’d picture Job, who went through all that terrible stuff and asked questions were was God, but then God turned the tables and asked him a few questions. I knew if God would come to me, I’d ask only one question: ‘Lord, why is Debbie up there in bed?’ And I think God would respond by asking gently, ‘Gary, did I raise my Son from the dead?”
I wrote seven on that topic! Of course he was raised from the dead. But I want to know about Debbie!” “I think he’d keep coming back to the same question-‘Did I raise my Son from the dead?’ ‘Did I raise my Son from the dead?’until I got his point: the Resurrection says that if Jesus was raised two thousand years ago, there’s an answer to Debbie’s death in 1995. And do you know what? It worked for me while I was sitting on the porch, and it still works today.
But there wasn’t a time when that truth didn’t comfort me. Losing my wife was the most painful experience I’ve ever had to face, but if the Resurrection could get me through that, it can get me through anything. It was good for 30 A.D., it’s good for 1995, it’s good for 1998, and it’s good beyond that.”“As I would sit there, I’d picture Job, who went through all that terrible stuff and asked questions of God, but then God turned the tables and asked him a few questions. I knew if God were to come to me, I’d ask only one question: ‘Lord, why is Debbie up there in bed?’ And I think God would respond by asking gently, As scriptures declares What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:42,55-57. Dr. Henry Morris wrote these words concerning Jesus resurrection “, the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the crowning proof of Christianity. Everything else that was said or done by Christ and the apostles are secondary in importance to the resurrection. If the resurrection did not take place then, Christianity is a false religion. If it did take place, then Christ is God and the Christian faith is absolute truth.
Dr. Henry Morris wrote these words concerning Jesus resurrection “, the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the crowning proof of Christianity. Everything else that was said or done by Christ and the apostles are secondary in importance to then, Christianity is a false religion. If it did take place, then Christ is God and the Christian faith is absolute truth.
I “Death is our greatest enemy, and it has conquered all men but Christ. No man is wise enough to outwit death or wealthy enough to purchase freedom from death or strong enough to vanquish death. The grave always wins the victory, and every person sooner or later returns to the dust