Apr 14, 2017 by Will Maule

3 Key Characters From The Easter Story We Must NOT Forget

When it comes to the Easter story, we all know of the main figures. The disciples, Pontious pilate, and of course Jesus himself. But what about the lesser known figures? There are some very important characters that we must not forget! Patrick Mabilog at Christian Today highlights three. 

1. Joseph of Arimathea
"Who is Joseph of Arimathea? The Bible talks about Him in Matthew 27:57-58 saying, "When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him." Joseph was a Pharisee and a rich man- not your likely candidates of a person God would use according to our stereotypes. Yet still it was him who had the courage to step before Pilate and honor Jesus when all the other disciples ran."

2. The guards at the tomb
"Remembering the guards at the tomb doesn't always present to us a positive note. They were those that first witnessed the resurrection of Christ. It's funny how God could have chosen the disciples or Jews as the first witnesses of Jesus' resurrection, but He chose the guards. God reveals Himself to whoever He pleases."

3. John
"The Apostle John is a famous character in the New Testament Bible, but not in the resurrection story necessarily. In His own account John refers to himself only as the other disciple in the Easter account. In John 20:2,4 it says, "So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple... Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first."

"John outran the Simon Peter to see Christ. How fast and hard are you willing to run to meet a resurrected God this Easter and any day for that matter?"

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