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2.1.5 Jesus Era

2.1.5.1 Outline

The mission of Jesus was to let people diffuse divine messages so as to let humans on the Earth realize the truth at the end time.
They let Mary sleep and conducted artificial fertilization to conceive the child of Yahweh. The pregnancy implies that DNAs of humans on the Earth are similar to that of Elohim and accord with DNAs of Elohim.
A spacecraft of Elohim led the wisemen from the east to the birthplace of Jesus.
Miracles of Jesus including the Resurrection were performed through Elohim's technology.
Yahweh told that it was necessary for Jesus to die in order for the truth to be known throughout the world so that later on, when the creators return to the Earth they are not taken for invaders. That is the purpose of the Biblical and Evangelical writings, to preserve traces of the work and presence of the creators, so that they will be recognized when they return.

2.1.5.2 Details

2.1.5.2.1 Annunciation

They let Mary sleep and conducted artificial fertilization to conceive the child of Yahweh. The pregnancy implies that DNAs of humans on the Earth are similar to that of Elohim and accord with DNAs of Elohim.

Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci
*Attribution: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Leonardo_Da_Vinci_-_Annunciazione.jpeg

*"Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, 'Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!' But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end'" (Luk 1:26-33).

*"And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn" (Luk 2:1-7).



2.1.5.2.2 Adoration

After a while, a spacecraft of Elohim led the wisemen from the east to the birthplace of Jesus.

*"Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him" (Mat 2:1-2).

*"Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also. When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh" (Mat 2:7-11).

Adoration of the Magi by Leonardo da Vinci
*Attribution: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Leonardo_da_Vinci_-_Adorazione_dei_Magi_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg

Hearing the born of the Jewish King, Herod the Great (pro-Roman king of the Jewish state dependent on the Roman Empire) started executing all young male children in Bethlehem to avoid the loss of his throne. Then Joseph's family once took refuge to Egypt.
After Herod the Great's death, Joseph's family returned to Nazareth.

2.1.5.2.3 Baptism

Jesus grew up as a carpenter in Nazareth. (As mentioned below, the Bible refers to his brothers and sisters.)
When Jesus became around 30, the preacher John the Baptist appeared around the Jordan River (supposedly around Bethabara, on the east of the Jordan River, 30 km to the east-southeast of Nazareth). (Bethabara could also be called "Bethany", but not to be confused with the other Bethany near Jerusalem.)

*"John answered them, saying, 'I baptize with water, but there stands One among you whom you do not know. It is He who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose.' These things were done in Bethabara beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing" (Joh 1:26-28).
(John was the son of Elizabeth, who was Mary's relative and also (her husband) had an annunciation when she conceived John.)
Jesus went from Nazareth to John's activity place (supposedly to Bethabara, on the east of the Jordan River, 30 km to the east-southeast of Nazareth) and was baptized by John in the Jordan River.

*Attribution: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:First_century_palestine.gif


Possible Baptism Site in Bethabara
*Attribution: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Baptism_Site.jpg

2.1.5.2.4 Temptation

After the baptism, Jesus was led to a wilderness to be examined by Satan.

*"Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, 'If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.' But He answered and said, 'It is written, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God."' Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, 'If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: "He shall give His angels charge over you," and, "In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone."' Jesus said to him, 'It is written again, "You shall not tempt the Lord your God."' Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, 'All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.' Then Jesus said to him, 'Away with you, Satan! For it is written, "You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve."' Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him" (Mat 4:1-11).

2.1.5.2.5 Teachings and Miracles around Galilee

Subsequently, Jesus started teachings in Galilee (mostly around the Sea of Galilee, particularly Capernaum). Jesus recruited his disciples, provided teachings, and cured a lot of sickness in Galilee.
Hearing his miracle healing, multitudes gathered. Then Jesus moved to a small mountain with the multitudes and delivered the Sermon on the Mount supposedly near Capernaum just to the northwest of the Sea of Galilee. The Sermon on the Mount is a collection of humans moral teachings mostly recorded in Matthew 5, 6, and 7.
For example, the Sermon includes the eight teachings called "the Beatitudes" such as "Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God" (Mat 5:9).

Sermon on the Mount by Carl Bloch
*Attribution: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bloch-SermonOnTheMount.jpg
* "Sermon on the Mount in Wikipedia" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sermon_on_the_Mount
After the Sermon, Jesus continued the miracle healing in various places.
*"Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people" (Mat 9:35).

A woman possibly in Magdala (possibly western shore of the Sea of Galilee) was also cured.
*"Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him, and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities—Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons" (Luk 8:1-2).
Subsequently, Jesus talked the parable of sowed seeds (Parable of the Soil in Matthew 13) as mentioned before.
*"Another parable He spoke to them: 'The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.' All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to them, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: 'I will open My mouth in parables; eI will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world'" (Mat 13:33-35).

However, when Jesus returned to Nazareth, he was rejected as follows.
*"When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, 'Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is this not the carpenter's son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas? And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?' So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, 'A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.' Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief" (Mat 13:54-58).

On the other hand, John the Baptist was put into prison for having criticized Queen Herodias of Judea at the time and beheaded. (The pro-Roman king of the Jewish state (Judea) at the time was Herod Antipas.)
Jesus heard it and departed to a deserted place (supposedly to pray) by boat. The multitudes noted it and followed Jesus on foot. It became evening but they were deficient in food. The disciples had five loaves of bread and two fish. Then Jesus multiplied the food and multitudes over 5000 were satisfied with the multiplied food.
Subsequently, Jesus sent the multitudes away, made the disciples get into the boat, and Jesus went up on the mountain by himself to pray alone. The boat was tossed to the middle of the Sea of Galilee by the wave and it became 4 o'clock a.m. Then Jesus went to them walking on the Sea (of Galilee).
*"But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, 'It is a ghost!' And they cried out for fear" (Mat 14:24-26).

On the other day (supposedly on August 6), Jesus' transfiguration occurred on a mountain supposedly on Mount Tabor.
*"Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him" (Mat 17:1-3).


The Transfiguration by Raphael
*Attribution: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Transfiguration_Raphael.jpg

2.1.5.2.6 Entry into Jerusalem

Subsequently, Jesus departed to Jerusalem.
*"Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these sayings, that He departed from Galilee and came to the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them there" (Mat 19:1-2).

Jesus prophesied the betrayal, his death, and his resurrection on the third day.
*"Now Jesus, going up to Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples aside on the road and said to them, 'Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death, and deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and to scourge and to crucify. And the third day He will rise again'" (Mat 20:17-19).

On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus cured a blind man in Jerico.

Jesus arrived at Bethany 3 km to the east of Jerusalem. His acquaintace Lazarus had buried four days before. Then Jesus revived Lazarus from Lazarus'grave.
*"Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, 'Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.' Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, 'Lazarus, come forth!' And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, 'Loose him, and let him go'" (Joh 11:41-44).

Jesus prepared a donkey at Bethphage in the Mount of Olives 1 km to the east of Jerusalem. (600 m to the east of the Second Temple, 200 m to the southeast of Gethsemane.)
Jesus once entered Jerusalem riding on the donkey as prophesied in Zechariah.
*"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey" (Zec 9:9).

Jesus went to the Jewish Second Temple (stood between 516 BCE and 70 CE) created after Solomon's Temple (the First Temple) on the Temple Mount located on the northeast of Jerusalem at the time also called Herod's Temple.
(The site of the Jewish Second Temple (Herod's Temple) later changed into the Islamic Dome of the Rock.)
*"Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves" (Mat 21:12).

Model of the Second Temple
*Attribution: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Second_Temple.jpg



Jerusalem in Jesus Era
*Attribution: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jerusalem_at_Jesus_time_EL.png

Then Jesus returned to Bethany 3 km to the east of Jerusalem.
*"Then He left them and went out of the city to Bethany, and He lodged there" (Mat 21:17).

2.1.5.2.7 Olivet Discourse

Subsequently, Jesus moved to the Mount of Olives and delivered the Olivet Discourse.

*"Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, 'Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?'" (Mat 24:3).

*"And Jesus answered and said to them: 'Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, "I am the Christ," and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. Therefore when you see the "abomination of desolation," spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place' (whoever reads, let him understand), 'then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened. Then if anyone says to you, "Look, here is the Christ!" or "There!" do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. Therefore if they say to you, "Look, He is in the desert!" do not go out; or "Look, He is in the inner rooms!" do not believe it'" (Mat 24:4-26).

*"'For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together. Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other'" (Mat 24:27-31).

*"'Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away'" (Mat 24:32-35).

*"'But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect'" (Mat 24:36-44).

*"'Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. But if that evil servant says in his heart, "My master is delaying his coming," and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth'" (Mat 24:45-51).

According to Rael, Yahweh told that the following parable means that humans created should raise their talent and ability and incompetent beings will be abandoned.

*"'For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, "Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them." His lord said to him, "Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord." He also who had received two talents came and said, "Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them." His lord said to him, "Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord." Then he who had received the one talent came and said, "Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours." But his lord answered and said to him, "You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents." For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away'" (Mat 25:14-29).

After the Olivet Discourse, Jesus moved to Bethany and a woman possibly Mary Magdalene came supposedly to anoint Jesus.
*"And when Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table" (Mat 26:6-7).

2.1.5.2.8 Last Supper

The site of the Passover, the Last Supper, would be like secretly designated by Jesus as follows. That would be supposedly to avoid opponents' disturbance through Judas Iscariot.

*"Now on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying to Him, 'Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?' And He said, 'Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, "The Teacher says, 'My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at your house with My disciples'"'" (Mat 26:17-18).
The site of the Last Supper is commonly regarded as the Upper Room (Cenacle) on Mount Zion on the southwest of Jerusalem. The Last Supper is commonly regarded as a Passover meal in Thursday evening preceding the Crucifixion on Friday.

The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci
*Attribution: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:%C3%9Altima_Cena_-_Da_Vinci_5.jpg
* "Last Supper in Wikipedia" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_Supper


Upper Room (Possible Last Supper Room)
*Attribution: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jerusalem_-_LastSupperRoom.jpg

2.1.5.2.9 Crucifixion

Supposedly on the next day, Jesus went to Gethsemane 500 m to the northeast of the Second Temple and prayed. (Gethsemane means "Oil Press (of Olives).")

*"Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, 'Sit here while I go and pray over there'" (Mat 26:36).

Gethsemane
*Attribution: "Gethsemane in Wikipedia" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gethsemane

*"And while He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and elders of the people. Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, 'Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him.' Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, 'Greetings, Rabbi!' and kissed Him. But Jesus said to him, 'Friend, why have you come?' Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him. And suddenly, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear" (Mat 26:47-51).

Yahweh told that it was necessary for Jesus to die in order for the truth to be known throughout the world so that later on, when the creators return to the Earth they are not taken for usurpers or invaders. That is the purpose of the Biblical and Evangelical writings, to preserve traces of the work and presence of the creators, so that they will be recognized when they return.
Jesus reveals the importance of his death and of the writings which would later serve as proof. When one of his companions tried to defend Jesus with a sword as above, Jesus said:

*"But Jesus said to him, 'Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?'" (Mat 26:52-54).

Jesus was arrested.
Disciple Peter denied Jesus three times.

*"Now Peter sat outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came to him, saying, 'You also were with Jesus of Galilee.' But he denied it before them all, saying, 'I do not know what you are saying.' And when he had gone out to the gateway, another girl saw him and said to those who were there, 'This fellow also was with Jesus of Nazareth.' But again he denied with an oath, 'I do not know the Man!' And a little later those who stood by came up and said to Peter, 'Surely you also are one of them, for your speech betrays you.' Then he began to curse and swear, saying, 'I do not know the Man!' Immediately a rooster crowed. And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, 'Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.' So he went out and wept bitterly" (Mat 26:69-75).

Jesus was executed

*"When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, 'Hail, King of the Jews!' Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified. Now as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. Him they compelled to bear His cross. And when they had come to a place called Golgotha, that is to say, Place of a Skull, they gave Him sour wine mingled with gall to drink. But when He had tasted it, He would not drink" (Mat 27:29-34).

*"Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet: 'They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.' Sitting down, they kept watch over Him there. And they put up over His head the accusation written against Him: THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. Then two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and another on the left. And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads and saying, 'You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.' Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said, 'He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him. He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, "I am the Son of God."' Even the robbers who were crucified with Him reviled Him with the same thing" (Mat 27:35-44).

*"Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, 'Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?' that is, 'My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?' Some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, 'This Man is calling for Elijah!' Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink. The rest said, 'Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to save Him.' And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit" (Mat 27:45-50).

Mond Crucifixion by Raphael
*Attribution: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:CrocefissioneRaffaello.jpg

*"Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many. So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, 'Truly this was the Son of God!' And many women who followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him, were there looking on from afar, among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons" (Mat 27:51-56).

*"Now when evening had come, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given to him. When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed. And Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the tomb. On the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to Pilate, saying, 'Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, "After three days I will rise." Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, "He has risen from the dead." So the last deception will be worse than the first.' Pilate said to them, 'You have a guard; go your way, make it as secure as you know how.' So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard" (Mat 27:57-66).

The site of Jesus' tomb could be Golgotha (Calvary).
* "Tomb of Jesus in Wikipedia" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomb_of_Jesus

2.1.5.2.10 Resurrection

It is said that Mary Magdalene visited the tomb early in the morning of the third day (Sunday). She found the tomb open and informed the disciples of the situation. They rushed the tomb and noted that Jesus' corpse had gone missing. The disciples withdrew and Mary stayed alone. Then Mary Magdalene found two white angels sitting in the tomb and noted Jesus standing behind her.

*"Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, 'They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.' Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb. So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed. For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again to their own homes" (Joh 20:1-10).
*"But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. Then they said to her, 'Woman, why are you weeping?' She said to them, 'Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.' Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, 'Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?' She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, 'Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.' Jesus said to her, 'Mary!' She turned and said to Him, 'Rabboni!' (which is to say, Teacher). Jesus said to her, 'Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, "I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God."' Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her" (Joh 20:11-18).

Jesus appeared before the disciples (supposedly in the Upper Room (Cenacle) on Mount Zion) (in the absence of Thomas) in the evening of the same day (Sunday).
*"Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, 'Peace be with you.' When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord" (Joh 20:19-20).

Thomas heard that, but claimed he wouldn't believe unless he sees Jesus. Eight days later, Jesus appeared in the presence of Thomas. However, the wisdom believing (recognizing) without sighting was favored.
*"And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, 'Peace to you!' Then He said to Thomas, 'Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.' And Thomas answered and said to Him, 'My Lord and my God!' Jesus said to him, 'Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed'" (Joh 20:26-29).

Subsequently, some disciples came back to their hometown area Galilee. Then Jesus appeared before some disciples in Tiberias (western shore of the Sea of Galilee near Magdala) for the third time.

*"After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself: Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, 'I am going fishing.' They said to him, 'We are going with you also.' They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them, 'Children, have you any food?' They answered Him, 'No.' And He said to them, 'Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.' So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish" (Joh 21:1-6).


Resurrection of Christ by Raphael
*Attribution: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rafael_-_ressureicaocristo01.jpg

2.1.5.2.11 Ascension

On the 40th day after the resurrection, Jesus and the disciples gathered in the Upper Room (Cenacle) on Mount Zion in Jerusalem. Then Jesus ascended from the Mount of Olives (about 1 km to the east of Jerusalem) to heaven. On the other hand, two white men (supposedly angels) stood by them.

*"The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God" (Act 1:1-3).

*"And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, 'which,' He said, 'you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.' Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, 'Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?' And He said to them, 'It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth'" (Act 1:4-8).

*"Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, 'Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven'" (Act 1:9-11).

*"Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey. And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas the son of James. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers" (Act 1:12-14).






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