Why at this exact moment?

Why at this exact moment?

 This was the exact time when the lambs were being slaughtered for the Passover dinner. The earth shook in a terrible earthquake.  The sun had been dark for hours.   People who had been dead for years got out of their graves and walked into the city.  The Roman centurion in charge said,” Surely this was a righteous man.” 

 

John the apostle, Mother Mary, Mary Magdalene and Salome watched the Roman soldier break the legs of the others on the crosses, and then come over to pierce the side of Jesus, knowing he was dead.  The blood and water of Jesus gushed out of his body, which is impossible to happen to people after they have died. This fulfilled the prophecy of the Old Testament, “Not one of his bones will be broken,” and “they will look on the one they have pierced.”

 

From a distance they also watched two members of the Sanhedrin, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, secret followers of Jesus Christ, take down his body. They took it to the tomb nearby owned by Joseph and just recently cut in the stone.  He had seventy–five pounds of spices with him, wrapped the body in strips of linen, then in myrrh and aloes, and rolled the massive stone in front of the tomb.

 

John, Mother Mary and Mary Magdalene walked back into Jerusalem slowly without saying a word, with tears silently running down their cheeks.  John had a house close to Mother Mary and said, “Come over tonight.

Mother Mary started to shake her head no, but Mary Magdalene said, “Go ahead, Mother Mary. It is what your son wanted you to do. I will take care of the donkeys and see you tomorrow.”

 

The tears started running down Mother Mary’s face, and John reached for her hand, and they walked the short distance to his house.  Mary Magdalene went and fed the donkeys, not knowing that John Mark had already fed them.  Being a young colt, it seemed Ezekiel had a bottomless stomach and he was perfectly fine with some extra oats.  Mother Mary was having the same feelings; only she felt it was a bottomless heart.  She had said to the apostle John, “How can this all be happening?   Did you see any of the disciples at all today?”

 

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