Matt 27:50-53


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Matt 27:50-53 . . And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up
his spirit.

. . . At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
The earth shook and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many
holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs, and after
Jesus' resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

When those people went into town, they likely went directly home to their families
and/or their kin; which would've been folks who attended their funerals so there
would be no mistaking they were back from the dead.

It would've helped the credibility of Jesus' resurrection quite a bit had he gone into
Jerusalem after his resurrection and shown himself alive to Pontius Pilate and the
Jews' religious authorities instead of keeping his recovery private.

It's curious why Jesus didn't stage a public appearance after his crucified dead body
was successfully restored to life. Why only his followers? Why not to all the Jews?


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Jesus' itinerary was micro-managed viz: he didn't come into the world as an
independent agent, instead; he came as a servant.

Phil 2:7-8 . . He made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a
servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a
man, he humbled himself, and became obedient

John 4:34 . . My food, said Jesus, is to do the will of him who sent me

John 6:38 . . I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will
of Him who sent me.

John 8:28 . . I do nothing on my own initiative

John 8:29 . . He that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I
do always those things that please Him.

John 14:31 . . I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.

So then, the decision not to show himself alive in Jerusalem wasn't Jesus' decision
to make. And as I assume that everything God directed His son to do was
appropriate, intelligent, and wise, then I believe there is a valid theological reason
why Jesus avoided Jerusalem after his crucified dead body was restored to life.


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Matt 23:37-39 . . O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and
stones God's messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children
together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn't let me.
And now look, your house is left to you empty and desolate. For I tell you this, you
will never see me again until you say; "Blessed is the one who comes in the name
of The Lord!"

That passage is loaded with goodies; and I'm pretty sure it's best to regard it as not
just Jesus speaking for himself, rather, speaking for God.

John 3:34-35 . .He is sent by God. He speaks God's words, for God's spirit is upon
him without measure or limit.

John 8:26 . .He that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which
I have heard of Him.

John 12:49 . . I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, He
gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

John 14:24 . .The word which you hear is not mine, but the Father's who sent

Heb 1:1-2 . . In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at
many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His

So; the first half of Jesus' lament speaks of Old Testament events; the middle
speaks of the Temple, and the last part speaks of Christ's return when the whole
city inside will welcome him instead of only the folks who welcomed him outside the
city per Matt 21:1-10

In a nutshell; Matt 23:37-39 says God would've liked for Jesus to stay and set up
the Messianic kingdom, viz: Jerusalem's association with Him back then, prior to
Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, had the potential to become permanent, but
instead was cut short. The way Jerusalem went about eliminating Jesus was not
only the last straw, but also the last that city would see of him for quite a while.

Hos 3:4-5 . . For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without
sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or idol. Afterward the Israelites will return
and seek The Lord their God and David their king. They will come trembling to The
Lord and to His blessings in the last days.