Sunday, April 16, 2017

Inside the Tomb

St. Petersburg, Fl
Comment by: E. Eugene Webb PhD
Author: In Search of Robin

The moon had passed its zenith, and it was just past half-way between darkness and light on morning of the third day following Christ's crucifixion.

God summoned five angels, including Michael the Archangel. He dispatched them to the tomb of his Son with these instructions: "Minister to Him as he rises."

Shortly the angels arrived at the tomb. Two were left outside to guard the entrance. Michael said, "I will call to you when it is time to roll away the stone."

Michael, the Archangel and the two remaining angles passed through the granite walls and into the tomb. As they entered their radiance illuminated the tomb's chamber. The air in the chamber was sweet with the aroma of the embalming spices. Christ lay serenely as Joseph of Arimathaea and Nicodemus placed him.

The angels each took a position, one at the feet of Jesus and one near his head. Michael the Archangel sat at the Lord's side.

A time passed and then Jesus stirred and the angels kneeled and removed the linen burial cloths.  Michael touched his arm, and Jesus removed the face cloth and looked into his eyes. "Michael," Jesus said, "You have come." "Yes," Michael replied, "Your Father sent us to minister to you and be with you until you come home to be with him."

Even Michael the Archangel was taken aback by the scene: the wounds, the cuts from the thorns. Tears streamed from his eyes for he loved his Lord.

Jesus sat up took the face cloth, folded it, and placed it on the ledge of the tomb.

Michael the Archangel touched the Lord's feet, and the wounds were sealed. He touched to Lord's side and hands, and the wounds were sealed. He wiped the Lord's brow with a warm damp cloth, and the scars of the thorns were sealed.

Then one of the angels provided drink and sustenance and garments for Jesus to wear.

"The time is near," Jesus said, "Soon she will come." "They all are frightened and alone," Jesus continued.  "I will provide them with comfort and assurance."

Michael, the Archangel, called to those angels guarding the tomb, "Roll away the stone, for Jesus Christ the Lord is risen." And the enormous stone sealing the entrance was rolled away as the break of dawn illuminated the earth.

Jesus arose and walked to the tomb's entrance. He stopped and turning to the angels. Nodding to them he said, "You two shall remain here for a while and announce to the woman I have risen."

"Praise God unto the highest," the angels replied.

Jesus's disciples arrived at the tomb, but only one entered.

 After the disciples departed, Mary, weeping, entered the tomb, the two angles greeted her and asked, "Why are you weeping?"

"They have taken my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him," Mary replied.

A voice from behind asked, "Woman, why are you weeping?" "Whom are you seeking?"

Mary turned and the man standing just outside the tomb said, "Mary."  Mary recognizing Jesus said, "Teacher."

And Jesus said, "Go and tell my disciples I have risen."

May the joy of Easter be yours.

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