April 23, 2019 at 11:26 pm #4056
In comparison to all the events associated with Christ, his birth, his miracles, his passion and death, his resurrection seems to have garnered the least of Heavenly fanfare?!
Even His being seen by multiple hundreds of people, His resurrection seemed to be only and quietly appropriated by the faithful. Even the resurrection of Lazurus seemed to garner more attention. Why?
Two angels and one woman, that was it! No legions of heavenly host, no planetary alignments, no earthquakes, no lights in the heavens! No huge prophetic urging. Even his disciples had forgotten it’s promise!
Without His resurrection, nothing that came before would have any meaning! Yet it seems that it was all kept on the down lo. Hmmm?
What do you think was the reason? What was God trying to highlight by this resounding heavenly silence and inactivity?
Again, as monumental as the Resurrection was in the annals of both Heaven and Earth, why was it handled so sedately???
What say you?!
April 24, 2019 at 1:00 am #4059JoanParticipant
Hmmm….there was a huge earthquake, the very thick curtain in the temple was rent in two revealing the holy of holies to all,“holy” people were resurrected and appeared in Jerusalem upon Jesus’ crucifixion death so people in the area knew something incredible had happened.
Maybe the resurrection was announced personally from person to person as a model of how we are to witness to others today?
April 24, 2019 at 11:08 am #4068David W. RocheModerator
A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed. Matthew 16:4
I think the answer has to be in Israel’s rejection of their Messiah. They could either believe based on the promises Jesus gave them or not. Having been given sufficient evidence of who Christ was, it became a matter of an individual’s decision. He did not appear to unbelievers (other than Paul), as He had stated, “For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.” (Matthew 23:39)
April 24, 2019 at 4:18 pm #4081
April 24, 2019 at 6:11 pm #4093
Indeed, believing in His resurrection is necessary for salvation. As such it does speak to it being a personal acclamation.
As stated initially, signs and wonders accompanied every aspect of His birth, ministry and crucifixion. Why not then His resurrection?
Aside from Moses and Elijah appearing before His ascension and witnessed by three of his disciples, His ascension seemed to also be cloaked or devoid from interventions!
The fact that He was rejected by Israel as messiah could be partially right. But then again, He life and death were designed to speak to the whole world. The world present then and for future generations to come.
I won’t pretend to know the answer but am also forced to hazard a guess. Seems to me that we are to recognize and receive Him as messiah for the things He did while alive. For starting with His birth, His life was His testimony and proof of who He claimed to be! His resurrection was to confirm what His life was about, and showcase His victory over death!
Lastly what strikes my heart and spirit, is that this was solely a private and personal moment between Father and Son. For He was raised by the power of the Father!
Ultimately, so too is our decision to receive Christ as our Lord and Saviour!
April 24, 2019 at 6:54 pm #4099Geri7Blocked
There wasn’t too much fanfare either at Jesus’ birth.
Those who were alert were Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, Zechariah and John the Baptist, even in the womb he leaped for joy. Then you have the 3 kings, the shepherds in the field, and in the Temple were Simeon and Anna the prophet who saw Jesus on the 8th day after His birth. To me that doesn’t seem like that many who were alert for the Messiah’s birth.
And to think there was no room at the inn and He was born in a stable along side where the animals were kept. The animals also got a chance to see the miracle birth and I got a hunch they were talking and praising God.
April 24, 2019 at 8:53 pm #4121
The prophecies fulfilled at his birth and regarded by the Wise Men. The angels heralding his conception and birth, both for Mary and Joseph. The shepherds receiving angelic announcements in the field. The wise men being led by the star of Bethlehem. Angelic host celebrating. Simeon’s long held promise given years before and it’s fulfillment. John the Baptist’s recognition of Jesus while in the womb. Elizabeth’s miracle conception and birth as well. Herod’s involvement.
Indeed much divine drama was involved here!
April 25, 2019 at 1:00 am #4135Geri7Blocked
Good point … much more divine drama at Jesus birth than at the Resurrection.
I think the disciples were sadden and confused and just didn’t understand it all even though He tried to explain it to them that He had to go to the cross first. They seemed to be interested in Him setting up His kingdom now and over throwing the Roman government. They were even bickering amongst themselves who was going to be the greatest in the kingdom. Meanwhile it was Mary Magdalene who was the only one in the garden that glorious resurrection morning. She was the one who had to find the disciples and to tell them the good news that Jesus arose.
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