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The Unveiled Purpose of the Cross

18th Apr 2017 by Jon March

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Luke 24:1-12

The Resurrection

(Matthew 28.1-10; Mark 16.1-8; John 20.1-10)

1Very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, carrying the spices they had prepared.2They found the stone rolled away from the entrance to the tomb,3so they went in; but they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.4They stood there puzzled about this, when suddenly two men in bright shining clothes stood by them.5Full of fear, the women bowed down to the ground, as the men said to them, “Why are you looking among the dead for one who is alive?6 He is not here; he has been raised. Remember what he said to you while he was in Galilee:7‘The Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, be crucified, and three days later rise to life.’”

8Then the women remembered his words,9returned from the tomb, and told all these things to the eleven disciples and all the rest.10The women were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James; they and the other women with them told these things to the apostles.11But the apostles thought that what the women said was nonsense, and they did not believe them.12But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; he bent down and saw the grave cloths but nothing else. Then he went back home amazed at what had happened.