Saturday, March 22, 2008
The Day After
Several Selma churches jointly reenact the events of Easter weekend. On Thursday evening, they recreate The Last Supper, and on Good Friday, they hold the trial of Jesus, followed by Jesus carrying the cross to Valley Creek Park (commonly known as Bloch Park). There, the Messiah is "crucified" and his "body placed" in the tomb of Joseph of Arimethea. Joseph, a rich man, had gone to the Roman leader Pontius Pilate and requested the body.
"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." Matthew 27: 59-60
The next day, the priests and Pharisees convinced Pilate to place a guard at the tomb, and they sealed the stone. They remembered that Jesus said He would rise on the third day and were afraid the disciples might steal the body and claim their Messiah had risen from the dead.
(I'm not sure how anyone could claim that the Messiah had resurrected without his physical appearance, however!)
Be sure to check out Dina's photos of this weekend's events commemorating the death, burial and resurrection of Christ at Jerusalem Hills Daily Photo.