Crucifixion and Resurrection

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The Apostle Paul considered the crucifixion and resurrection matters of primary importance.

1 Corinthians 15:3-8

For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6Then he appeared to over five hundred brothers at once, most of whom remain until now, but some have also fallen asleep. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 9and last of all, as to the child born at the wrong time, he appeared to me also.

Monday - The Crucifixion

Matthew 27:31-32, Mark 15:20-40

Tuesday - Jesus speaks during the crucifixion

Luke 23:26-49, John 19:17-30

Wednesday - Jesus is buried and is raised

John 19:31-42, Matthew 27:59-28:8

Thursday - The empty tomb

John 20:1-20:18

Friday - Jesus appears to many

Luke 24:13-53, John 20:19-21:25, Acts 1:4-11, 1st Corinthians 15:6-8

Eyewitness: Thomas

Thomas was an apostle who was probably a twin. His name Didymus meant "the twin." John first mentioned Thomas when he commented on a trip to Judea. Jesus left Judea to avoid hostile Jews. Shortly after leaving He needed to return to raise Lazarus. When Thomas heard Jesus intended to return, he said, "Let us go also, that we may die with Him." (John 11:16)

Thomas is famous for doubting the disciples when they told him they saw Christ. On resurrection Sunday, Jesus appeared to his disciples in the evening. Thomas was not present, and said he would not believe unless he too saw Jesus. Being true to his word, Thomas believed when Jesus later appeared to him and the disciples. (John 20:24-29)

A collection of the sayings of Jesus called The Gospel of Thomas has been ascribed to this apostle. But it's doubtful that Thomas, or any other apostle, was inspired to write this book.

Did you know?

Crucifixion typically caused death by preventing passive exhalation. To exhale, a victim would raise his body by pushing up. Breaking the legs hastened death by preventing this.

Scripture quotation from the World English Bible.

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