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The Body of Jesus

'Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.'

John 19:40-42.

'In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.'

Two portions of Scripture from the same book in the Bible but could there be more of a contrast? Do these Scriptures talk of the same Person? Surely the One who gave life, sustained all living creatures and who created the heavens and the earth could not be the same Person as the One carried to the grave?

Did the Living One become the dead One? He did! Can you fathom this love?

Can you grasp the humiliation? Leaving glory and being born of a woman. Taking upon Himself a true body and a reasonable soul. Our God becoming a very real man! Can you imagine living for over 30 years in this world without sinning? Can you imagine the hurt and the heartache that He would have endured each day of His life surrounded by sinners?

Jesus Christ is our Lord and our God.

When you think of Jesus what do you imagine Him to be like? Is He some ghost like figure with magical powers? Does He still have a body that we would recognise? Is He simply an access to God the Father? Is there a difference between them? Is Jesus your God or not?

Often our minds concentrate on His sufferings on the cross and often only His physical sufferings. I cannot help but wonder what He suffered each day, when my own soul - a sinful one at that - is grieved daily by those around me. It seems these days I am hurt more by my brethren than my enemies.

In Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. Did that fullness still dwell in the corpse that they carried to the tomb? The hope of Israel was dead! He had been beaten, scourged, crowned with the curse of the earth and crucified in full view of all who passed by.

If He was truly God, why did He allow this to happen? If He had all power, why did He not come down from the cross and slay his murderers? Why did He not call upon legions of angels to help Him is He could not manage a way of escape for Himself?

Praise the Lord of Glory that He suffered all these things for a sinner like me!

Had He come down from the cross, had He saved Himself, had He not died then there would be no salvation for Iain! Iain would be heading for a lost eternity!

He offered Himself a living sacrifice for sin. He paid the penalty that the Justice of God demanded for my sin. He paid it in full. My account is wiped clean. My sins and iniquities He will remember no more.

I do not worship a dead Christ!

He was laid in the sepulchre, it is true. He was dead, it is true. Praise His name He rose from the dead! He is risen indeed. I worship a living God. He is alive for evermore. He is my refuge and my strength, my Rock, my Shepherd, my shield, my salvation and most of all my Best Friend.

I ask you my friend to consider these things. Did Jesus die for you? What is your answer to that question? Are your sins forgiven? Do you have peace in your soul? Are you expecting to go to heaven or to hell when you draw your final breath? How long halt ye between two opinions? Choose you this day, whom you will serve. If Christ be God, then follow Him.

May light shine in the darkness of your heart today and may you comprehend it. I beg of you, be ye reconciled to God.

I set before you this day, life or death. Choose life! Do you ever ask yourself this question. Does Jesus really love me? Take a good look at the corpse that they carried from the cross to the sepulchre. It's lifeless! Why? For whom?

I pray with all my heart that your answer will be - FOR ME!