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It Cannot Be Denied

Mark 15.42-47
And when evening had come, since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate was surprised to hear that he should have already died. And summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the corpse to Joseph. And Joseph bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.
Today, in an effort to deny the Resurrection, some say that Jesus didn’t really die. They say that He only appeared to die. Muslims claim that Jesus only swooned on the cross, was revived in the tomb, then fled to Arabia where He preached Islam for forty years. Jesus’ death, however, was confirmed by the centurion, Pilate, Joseph of Arimathea, the religious leaders, John the apostle, and the women who witnessed his death and burial. Jesus suffered actual physical death on the cross.

Jesus gave His life. No one took it from Him. God was in complete control of our salvation to the last detail. He was delivered over to death for our sins (Romans 4.25 NIV), and [God] who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all (Romans 8.32). Jesus’ sacrifice was complete and effective. The facts remain the same: Jesus died, and Jesus rose again. Jesus died and rose again for you. Praise God today for His wonderful love for you.

Pastor Jeff
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