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The Body of Jesus Christ in Death

July 23, 2018

       Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus, Mark 15:43

       We know that the body of Jesus Christ was taken down from the cross prior to 6 o'clock in the evening to keep from committing sacrilege on the feast day.  The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away, John 19:31.  We know that Jesus Christ was already dead by that time.  His body was placed in an honorable tomb and in the wisdom of God it was given a guard detail by the Roman Governor himself.  Few men have ever received such a guard at death.  

         We also know that had that body lain in the tomb for a thousand years it would have never corrupted in the least.  But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption, Acts 13:37.  When the Apostle Peter explained to the multitude how that Jesus Christ fulfilled Psalm 16, and that the psalm was written about Jesus Christ; he called the body in the grave, the Holy One.  Here he quotes the psalm; Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption, Acts 2:27.  Here he explains the psalm; He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption, Acts 2:31

       Let that sink in.  The phrase Holy One is found in your King James Bible 48 times.  It is always a reference to God himself.  Under the anointing of the Holy Ghost, and with the inspiration of God, Peter calls the body of Jesus Christ as it lay in the grave void of its spirit or soul, the Holy One.  The body of Jesus Christ is deity even in death.  No wonder when the collective forces of death marched into that tomb with nature's many tools to break a body down they were thwarted. When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell, Psalm 27:2.  

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