People ask many questions about the Bible and it is good to be
ready with an answer and know why you believe. Some say they don't understand the Bible
when they read it and things don't make sense to them.
For example, we read that there was a huge stone in front of the
grave. What type of grave was this, for we are used to graves in the ground, covered with
The custom was for the rich that they dug out a tomb in the hill
side, large enough that a person can walk in.
That's why the women asked, "who will roll away the stone for
us", for Jesus was buried in such a tomb, the sepulchre of Joseph of Arimathea.
Outside the tomb they would roll a huge round stone, up to 3 tons!
This huge stone was rolled away by God when he rose Jesus from the
dead, not that Jesus could get out but so that we may believe and the disciples could see
that the tomb was empty and that He was risen from the dead.
It was the custom to embalm the corpse to preserve it. Joseph of
Arimathea embalmed Jesus' body and the women wanted to add more spices.
When a child breaks its arm they place a wet bandage around the
arm, put on a liquid and a cast which hardens to protect the arm. After a few weeks it's
cut and removed.
Embalming was a similar process, but done from the neck down
covering the entire body. It weighed about 45 kg.
That is why when Peter and John entered the sepulchre they
immediately recognised that indeed He was risen, because you can't remove a corpse from
the embalming without actually cutting it off. But the pieces were intact and the only
explanation was that He had risen indeed!
The evidence of Jesus' resurrection is so overwhelming and
convincing that there should not be a single unbeliever! But satan has blinded people's
eyes and mind that they've become dumb and cannot see what is obvious, because they don't
want to believe.
Jesus arose from the dead!
When the rich man asked Lazarus to be sent back to earth from the
dead to warn his brothers, Abraham answered him that, "they have Moses and the
prophets and should heed what they wrote, for if they don't neither will they listen even
if someone should rise from the dead" (Luke 16:31).
The Muslim scholar, Ahmed Dedat gave speeches saying Jesus never
died and never claimed that he would die, but he forgot that Jesus Himself said in
Revelations, "I am He that was dead and am alive forever more" (Rev 1:18).
Another problem some have is that Jesus died on Friday and arose
on Sunday yet we say He was in the grave for three days. Well it's obvious we must
understand the Jewish custom which counts any part of a day as a whole day during a time
that covers a number of days.
We as Christians need to be able to answer those who ask of us why
we believe, for our faith is not based on blind faith but on innumerable, undeniable
proofs (1Pet 3:15).
On the third day Jesus arose with the glory of the Father, with
His glorified body, having broken the chains of death and the prison bars of hell and He
opened the lock closing the grave.
He was despised and rejected and humiliated, yet He opened not His
mouth (Isaiah 53:3-10). Yet God exalted Him and gave Him all authority in heaven and on
earth, a Name above all other names (Phil 2:8-11).
While His body was in the grave He went into hell. The wages of
our sins should take us to hell, that's why He went there so that we can be taken out of
hell and delivered. He went there to show even in hell that He has conquered!
The Bible also says that He ascended into heaven. He overcame hell
and the grave and satan. In defeating him He poured shame openly on satan.
Some also ask what does it mean when it says that Jesus made an
open shame of satan.
The Romans were in power then. They wanted to show their power,
and punished rebels and those they have conquered in the most shameful and painful way
If someone had murdered, they would bind the corpse of the one he
killed to him, mouth to mouth, hand to hand and feet to feet. He would walk through the
streets crying, "who would delivery me from this body of death!" Maggots would
enter him from the corpse and that's the way he would die eventually. They said that there
was no death as terrible as that.
The one who sins is a slave of sin. Sin consumes you. You are
being eaten by this body of death. Drugs, sexual immorality, smoking etc. are all
consuming you and you are bound to it and enslaved by it.
Paul also cried, "who will set me free from this body of
death" (Rom 7:24), but then he gives the answer that he was delivered by Jesus Christ
who sets us free (Rom 8:1).
When there would be a rebellion somewhere in the Roman Empire,
Caesar would send one of his generals to put down the rebellion. Once the main rebel was
caught, one would run back to Caesar to bring the good tidings that the rebel leader was
caught. They would enter Rome with fragrance and everyone would smell it and know that
Rome had conquered again. The rebel leader would then be tied to a central pole in Rome
and everyone would come and mock him, even the children would pinch him and mock him and
he won't be able to do anything.
And so the Bible says that Jesus overcame satan on the Cross and
put him to open shame. And yet you are afraid of satan?
Satan has no strength, he is defeated. The only power he has is
the power you allow him in your life through unconfessed sin.
There was a girl who used to lead the singing. One day we received
a message that she was captured by her old boyfriend because she never demanded back the
tokens, her handkerchief, she had given him when she broke the relationship.
The boy had no authority over her but she had given him her
handkerchief and that gave him authority over her.
You say satan has no power over you but are his tokens still found
with you, anger, sexual immorality, slander etc.?
Until you confess and forsake his works in your life you give him
authority over you even though he has no power.
Jesus has risen and defeated satan but you must not give any room
to the devil.