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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 8, 2016

Spiritual scribe

By Jean Harryman, First United Methodist Church

There are so many things we have to think about when we deal with the life and death of our savior, Jesus Christ.

I will touch on the three most important days in the realm of Jesus. In truth, all three events are a celebration.

“A celebration?” you say, because you no doubt know what I’m getting at.

No. 1: Jesus’s birth — a wonderful celebration. The babe, our king, our Christ.

No. 2: Jesus’s death. “A celebration?” you say. How can you call death a celebration? But it is indeed just that. Yes, Jesus died a cruel and inhuman death. But he died that you and I might live according to God’s plan, therefore a celebration.

No. 3: Our Christ’s resurrection. Again, a celebration. A wondrous and glorious celebration. “Our Christ is risen.”

Let’s think now about what happened on that most dramatic day in the history of our world. The day Jesus was crucified and laid in the tomb.

Our Bible tells us the Jews buried their dead the same day they died. The body was wrapped in strips of cloth and for special people sweet-smelling spices were wrapped within the cloth.

Let’s go back to that day.

Many women were there that day at the foot of the cross, watching for that last agonizing breath. Among them were Jesus’ mother, Mary, Mary Magdalene, and another Mary, the mother of James. Also, the beloved apostle John stood there with them.

We can imagine Mary standing there watching and John trying to shield her from as much as possible of the heart-rending sight of her divine son’s death.

As evening approached, a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had become a disciple of Christ, came and claimed the body of Jesus for a funeral. He was accompanied by a man named Nicodemus. Nicodemus had brought with him a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about 75 pounds altogether.

The two of them gently took the body down from the cross and wrapped it with spices and strips of linen cloth, following that Jewish custom we spoke of earlier.

There was a garden at the place where Jesus was crucified, and there in that garden was a new tomb in which no one had been laid. Because it was the Jewish day of preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there and rolled a huge stone over the opening.

Join me in reading on continuing in Luke 23 and 24, also in Acts, and in Mark, about the cruel inhuman death and the celebration of Jesus’ life and death.

Join me in the church of your choice to learn more about your and my salvation.