L. A. Marzulli
Our faith rests on one event, if it didn’t happen then, as Paul tells us, we are the most miserable of men and women. However, if it did happen, and from a historical perspective hundreds of people saw Yashua/Jesus alive after his resurrection, then we have an event that is unprecedented in all of history. I am speaking, of course, of the resurrection. He was crucified, He died, they laid him in a garden tomb, wrapped in a new, linen, shroud and then, on the third day he rose again from the dead.
While He was gone he went to the lower places of the earth and proclaimed victory to the spirits that were in prison there. He was victorious and through His death and blood sacrifice, for all men and women through all of time, everyone could be redeemed and have eternal life, by believing in Him. He is the new Adam! He is now seated at the right hand of the Father and at some point He who is Faithful and True, will return and will dwell with men and women on earth.
We will never fully comprehend what He suffered on the cross, as all of the sins of mankind, past, present, and future, were laid on Him. I believe that this was one reason that, darkness covered the land for three hours, as it was the darkest hour in all of history. The Roman centurion proclaimed, while at the foot of the cross, at the moment of Yashua’s/Jesus’ passing, surely this was the son of God. 40 years later Titus, the Roman general, would descend upon Jerusalem and after a three-year siege kill over 1 million of its inhabitants as well as destroy the old system of worship, the Temple of Solomon, for it was no longer needed as His blood-sacrifice on the cross was, better than the blood of bulls and goats.
Now, after almost 2000 years we see that religion has done much to obfuscate the events, with papal pageantry, mock crucifixion, calling the resurrection, Easter – which is paying tribute to a Babylonian fertility goddess – lilies being displayed, eating the traditional ham, and a host of other absurdities that are the traditions of men.
For those of you who visit this BLOG regularly, you know that I believe that the Shroud of Turin is what I have come to call, God’s calling card. I believe that it is proof of the resurrection. It is forensic evidence that has been hidden for almost two millennia and now, because of the advance of science, we can examine it and ascertain that the image, that is barely visible to the eye, is that of a crucified man, post-mortem, who was wrapped in this shroud. We know that the shroud dates back to the first century and it is not a forgery done by an artist in the 14th century. We have the pollen samples, the weave of the shroud which was unique and only found in Jerusalem, and we have the graphic testimony of the image itself, as the man on the Shroud endured the scourging by the Roman soldiers, who literally tore the skin off of His back.
In closing today’s post. The Resurrection is a pivotal point in History. It is the ultimate game changer, for the kingdom of the Fallen One, Satan, was once and for all time, defeated. There will be no rematch, no do-overs. It is, as Yahsua/Jesus stated while hanging in agony on the cross, finished. He died once for all, and then He rose on the third day. He conquered death and when He came out of the tomb, the ground shook and the Roman soldiers who were guarding it fell, as if dead. He is alive! Yashua/Jesus is alive, and the signs of His second coming are all around us, as I believe we are in the birth-pangs that He warned us of, which are manifesting all around us.
The early church used to greet each other like this. “He is risen!” The other person would reply, “He is risen indeed!”