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Joseph of Arimathea I arrived at the governors questioning of Jesus Christ early on the Friday morning

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Re Coursework part1 Joseph of Arimathea I arrived at the governors questioning of Jesus Christ early on the Friday morning. I was slightly unwilling to go because I held a great respect for Jesus and I thought some of his ideas were very profound and useful. I was immediately astounded when Jesus signed his own death warrant by affirming that he was the "King of the Jews" to the governor. After this outburst he did not answer any more questions, a very brave and wise act from a condemned man, but it was too late. When Pilate asked the crowd, as was customary at this time of year, which prisoner they wanted to be released, the Pharisees and Sadducees, all enemies of Jesus, stirred up the crowd against Jesus and Barrabbas was chosen instead. ...read more.


For nine hours he was taunted and mocked, until finally, he cried, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabacthani" and gave himself up to his fate. His body went limp, and the reality sunk into my brain. Jesus, the son of God in Heaven, had finally been killed. As he died, a tremor shook through the earth, but I took no notice. I shook with uncontrollable sorrow as I watched the guards take him down from the cross and lay him on the ground. I immediately ran back to Pilate and asked him for the possession of Jesus' body, which I proceeded to wrap in a burial shroud and place with utmost dignity in the tomb of my family. As the Roman guard rolled a stone across the entrance, and the stars shone brightly in the distance, Jesus' dead body was sealed in the tomb. ...read more.


On the other hand, Jesus' death was extremely important as the shedding of his blood provided the means whereby the sins of everyone in the whole world could be forgiven. As he died, the curtain in the Temple, separating the Holy of Holies from the rest of the temple, ripped from top to bottom, symbolising the barrier between God and man being broken down. Therefore ordinary men and women were now able to come into direct contact with God. As we can see, it is hard to decide which of these two elements of Christianity is more important. While Jesus' teaching tells us how to live our life in harmony with each other, Jesus' death symbolises all that Christianity stands for and made it possible for ordinary people to communicate with God directly. Therefore I think that neither is more important than the other and both are equally vital to Christianity and the way Christians live their lives today. ?? ?? ?? ?? Laura McClelland ...read more.

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