ImmerseMessiah NLT - Page 69

By this time it was about noon, and darkness fell across the whole land
until three o’clock. The light from the sun was gone. And suddenly, the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn down the middle. Then Jesus
shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those
words he breathed his last.
When the Roman officer overseeing the execution saw what had happened, he worshiped God and said, “Surely this man was innocent.”
And when all the crowd that came to see the crucifixion saw what had
happened, they went home in deep sorrow. But Jesus’ friends, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance
Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph. He was a
member of the Jewish high council, but he had not agreed with the decision and actions of the other religious leaders. He was from the town of
­Arimathea in Judea, and he was waiting for the Kingdom of God to come.
He went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. Then he took the body down
from the cross and wrapped it in a long sheet of linen cloth and laid it in a
new tomb that had been carved out of rock. This was done late on Friday
afternoon, the day of preparation, as the Sabbath was about to begin.
As his body was taken away, the women from Galilee followed and saw
the tomb where his body was placed. Then they went home and prepared
spices and ointments to anoint his body. But by the time they were finished the Sabbath had begun, so they rested as required by the law.
But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking
the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled
away from the entrance. So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of
the Lord Jesus. As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared
to them, clothed in dazzling robes.
The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground.
Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone
who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what
he told you back in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into
the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again
on the third day.”
Then they remembered that he had said this. So they rushed back from
the tomb to tell his eleven disciples—and everyone else—what had happened. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and
several other women who told the apostles what had happened. But the
story sounded like nonsense to the men, so they didn’t believe it. However, Peter jumped up and ran to the tomb to look. Stooping, he peered in

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