What if Jesus of Nazareth did not rise from the dead? What if His bones have long since rotted and retuned to dust? Have you ever stopped to consider and contemplate that question? According to 1 Corinthians 15:14-19 there are serious implications if Christ did not in fact rise from the dead.
“If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain. Moreover, we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.” (NAS) Read more
Jesus interrupted the meal to announce that one of the twelve was going to betray him. The eleven genuine disciples became unglued and each began to inquire if he were the one. This also included a discussion among the disciples as to which one of them it could be (John 13:22). It appears that none of them had the slightest reason to suspect any specific man. However, Peter, in usual form stepped up to the plate and discreetly put another disciple up to asking Jesus to identify the betrayer (John 13:23-24). So, reclining on Jesus’ chest, within inches of his ear, John asked the question, “Lord, who is it?” (John 13:25 NAS). Read more
It was the 14th of Nisan. That night the disciples would eat the Passover with their Master. They knew the drill. Preparations had to be made. They just needed to know where. So, they asked Jesus, “Where do you want us to go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?” (Mk 14:12, NAS). Jesus takes two of them aside, Peter and John (Lk 22:8), and gives them instructions.
Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him; and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, The Teacher says, “ Where is My guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?” And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; prepare for us there. The disciples went out and came to the city and found it just as He had told them; and they prepared the Passover (Mk 14:13-16 NAS).