All four of the Gospels in the Bible tell of the death and burial of Jesus. And it’s
good to read all four accounts, since each tells the story a bit differently, with minor details in each that may not be in
The burial is of particular interest to me, because my mind starts wondering
about that tomb after Christ had been resurrected and the tomb was again empty. For example, since it belonged to Joseph of
Arimathaea, was he also buried there when he died? One could almost expect him to also be resurrected when he was laid there,
because we remember the story of Elisha. After he was buried, as another man was being brought to that area for burial, the
ones handling the body evidently were interrupted, possibly by robbers, so in their haste, they threw the body of the dead
man into the tomb of Elisha, and the man came back to life "and stood up on his feet!" (2 Kings 13: 20-21).
And so, as I note when I’m thinking of things that might have been, but are not in the Bible…it
could have happened. That story is interesting in itself, because when Elijah was about to be taken to Heaven, he ask what
Elisha would like from him, and Elisha asked that "a double portion of thy spirit be upon me" (2 Kings 2:9).
Well, during Elijah’s lifetime, he did nine miracles. And when Elisha was buried, he had done 17. And
so the dead man’s coming back to life by his body touching Elisha, he came back to life…his 18th miracle…his
double portion of Elijah’s spirit, even after he was dead! Incidentally Elijah is generally said to have done eight
miracles, not nine, with 16 for Elisha. But by my count, it’s nine and 18. Too lengthy to give here, but they’re
listed in my "Other Concordance" book on page 126. Folks in my area can see the book at the local library; otherwise,
you’ll just have to read and count them for yourself! Which is good, even if you don’t count them! Read your Bible;
"Study to show yourself approved"(2 Timothy 2:15).
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I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.