Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The empty tomb

Today is the feast of Mary Magdalene.

Mary stood at the tomb. No sign of Jesus so she speaks to this man whom she thinks may be the gardener.

No, he's no gardener. She is talking to Jesus.

Isn't it really the most extraordinary thing in the world to say that word resurrection.

We rattle it off  in all sorts of places and at all sorts of occasions and it doesn't cost us a thought.

It is 'extra-ordinary'. Surely it's the engine of our faith and isn't it odd that there is so little discussion about it. And all the other 'religious' issues we get so worked up about.

David says: "My soul thirsts for the living God; when shall I come and behold the face of God."

What at all is resurrection? Best of all to say nothing? Surely not?


Andreas said...

Was Jesus still alive after having taken him from the cross?

The bible says the following about the burial of Jesus:
39 He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.[e] 40 Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.

There doesn't seem to be a Jewish burial custom using these kinds of herbs! where the herbs used to heal his wounds instead & to ease the pain?

The following text is taken from:

It seems unlikely that the aloes present were for embalming, also having myrrh there also in large quantities was not consistent with this hypothesis. If the viewpoint is taken that Jesus could possibly have still been alive at this point, and that Joseph of Arimithea and Nicodemus who were tending to him had knowledge of herbs, then the possible role of these herbs becomes clear.
Could they have been used to treat Jesus and to help him recover from his ordeal?

Michael Commane said...

Andreas, try reading It might be of interest to you. No harm reading it.

Andreas said...

Michael, thanks for the link; i think i will stick to your blog instead!
I appreciate that you publish my 'thoughts outside of the box' :-)

Michael Commane said...

An interesting observation.

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