Glory of the Resurrection | Sunday Observer

Glory of the Resurrection

4 April, 2021
Holy Sepulchre where Jesus was buried
Holy Sepulchre where Jesus was buried

As we joyfully celebrate the Resurrection, our thoughts reel back to how Jesus performed the will of God. Jesus was brought before Pilate, condemned for his ministry of compassion for the poor and his believers that irked the ones who did not believe his word accused him calling and jeering him as the Messiah the King. Pilate grilled him,

“Are you King of the Jews?’ and Jesus answered him softly.

“So, you say’

Pilate’s conscence stirred and worried him. He said to them,

‘I have no reason to condemn him’ as Pilate found him innocent.

But the wicked Jews and the pagans insisted that he be put to death due his teachings through Judea to Gallie and to Jerusalem. When Pilate came to know that Jesus was from the region where Herod ruled, he was sent before him.

Herod too like Pilate found Jesus innocent, so he wanted to set Jesus free but the mob was violent and insisted that Jesus be crucified. Once condemned against Herod’s wishes, he was led to a place called ‘The Skull’ and crucified with two other criminals. Jesus turned to the women who were crying for him and said,

“Women of Jerusalem, don’s weep for me but for yourselves and your children, for the days will come when people will say how lucky are the women who never had children’.

As Jesus continued to bear agony upon the Cross, his concern was for his beloved people.

In particular his heart moved for the women who braved the wrath of Herod to follow him, in order to be at the cross and waited. Sadly, they had to watch the soldiers harass him, ripping off his garments to divide among them by throwing dice. They jeered and watched his agony and said,

“He saved others, let him save himself if He is the Messaih whom God has chosen’ They made fun of him, offered him cheap wine and challenged him,

“Save yourself if you are the King of the Jews’ and crowned him with harah thorns and wrote the words ‘This is the King of the Jews’.

Jesus bore agony but his compassionate heart moved for all, even for his enemies who crucified him.

He felt pity as he looked down on them from the cross.

One of the criminals hanging rebuked him while the other realised that Jesus was innocent and was the son of God paying for his sins. He repented and asked Jesus for forgiveness, ‘Remember me Jesus, when you come as King’ then, Jesus turned and said to him,

‘I promise you, today you will be in paradise with me’

It was noon but darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at about three o’ clock in a loud voice he cried ‘My God, my God why have you forsaken me’? After a while Jesus cried again and breathed his last. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn into two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks were split. The tombs were opened and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised.

Many women were there at his last moments and among them were Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of Jesus while the others kept their distance.

When evening came, a rich man from Arimathea, called Joseph who was also a disciple of Jesus went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus and Pilate ordered it to be given. Joseph took the body and wrapped it in clean linen cloth and laid him in his own new tomb in the rock. He then rolled a large stone to the door of the tomb and went away. When all left Jesus it was Mary Magdalene who came early at dawn to see the tomb.

After the Sabbath as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene sat crying her heart out for Jesus.

Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene she was still crying when she saw two angels sitting where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head and the other at the feet.

‘Woman, why are you crying’ they asked her.

She answered, ‘They have taken away my Lord and I do not know where they have put him.’

Then she turned around and saw Jesus standing there but she did not know that it was Jesus. ‘Woman why are you crying’ Jesus asked her. ‘Who is it that you are looking for’. She thought it was the gardener, so she said to him ‘If you took him away Sir, tell me where you have put him and I will go and get him.’

‘Jesus then said, ‘Mary’. She turned towards him and said in Hebrew, ‘Rabboni’ (Teacher). ‘Do not hold on to me’ Jesus said, ‘because I have not yet gone back to the father but will go to my brothers and tell them that I am returning to him.

So, Mary Magdalene went and told the disciples she had seen the Lord and related to them what he had told her. (John 19)

Jesus appears to His disciples

It was late that Sunday evening and the disciples were gathered together behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities.

Then Jesus came and stood among them. ‘Peace be with you’ he said. After saying this he showed his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord. Jesus said to them again. ‘Peace be with you.

As the Father sent me, so I send you’. Then he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive people’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them; they are not forgiven. (John - 20)