Synoptic GospelsSunday, Oct 13, 2019
While the Master prayed through the long hours of the night, Simon Peter, James, and John could not fight off sleep. Their eyes were very heavy. As they would later do in Gethsemane, they fell asleep while Yeshua prayed. They...Read This More from Synoptic Gospels
Mary Magdalene believed the Master’s enemies had dealt one more indignity to Him by stealing away his body. Alone with her grief, she gathered the courage to peer into the tomb herself. Two angels clothed in white sat where the Master’s body had lain. The linen shrouds lay between them.
Trying to sound like a royal herald, Pilate declared to the crowd, “Behold, the Man!” In the Roman Era, the words “Behold, the man!” functioned as an acclamation similar to “Hail the King!” Pilate’s sarcastic acclamation made it clear that he considered Yeshua’s kinship to be a laughable joke.
Up until His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Yeshua of Nazareth tried to keep His messianic identity quiet. He warned His followers and disciples not to tell anyone who He was. He hushed up the eerie voices of the possessed, which tried to declare His identity. When Simon Peter confessed, “You are the Messiah,” He told him not to reveal it to anyone. By sending for a donkey, however, He indicated a shift in public policy.
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