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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Bible Study - verse by verse # 85

Matthew 27:52 Christ's death was accompanied by at least four miraculous events: darkness, the tearing in two of the veil in the temple, an earthquake, and dead people rising from tombs. Jesus' death, therefore, could not have gone unnoticed. Everyone knew something significant had happened.

Matthew 27:57, 58 Joseph of Arimathea was a secret disciple of Jesus. He was a religious leader, an honored member of the Jewish Council (Mark 15:43). In the past, Joseph had been afraid to speak against the religious leaders who opposed Jesus; now he was bold, courageously asking to take Jesus' body from the Cross and to bury it. The disciples who publicly followed Jesus had fled, but this Jewish leader, who followed Jesus in secret, came forward and did what was right.

Matthew 27:60 The tomb where Jesus was laid was probably a man-made cave cut out of one of the many limestone hills in the area. These caves were often large enough to walk into.

Matthew 27:64 The religious leaders took Jesus' resurrection claims more seriously than the disciples did. The disciples didn't remember Jesus' teaching about His resurrection; but the religious leaders did. Because of His claims, they were almost as afraid of Jesus after His death as when He was alive. They tried to take every precaution that His body would remain in the tomb.

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