What's the Importance / Significance of Galilee to Resurrection.
1.When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. 2Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb 3and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”
4But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. 5As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
6“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7.But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’ ”
I was amazed why with the word of the angel that attended to the woman at the empty tomb. He said, go to GALILEE,..
The question is why Galilee, why not another location. What is the significance of Galilee to the resurrection story of Christ.
Brethren, let's talk and learn on this...kindly
1. The Jews of that day had a belief that the soul of the
departed hovered over the tomb for several days after
death. If Jesus met the disciples in Galilee then there
would be no suspicion that the post-resurrection
appearances were of this kind. (Cf. Edersheim, Life, II,
631). Nobody could claim that the disciples only saw
Jesus’ ghost hovering around his tomb.
2. This was a call to faith. Jesus had been warning them
that he would be killed but would rise from the dead
(Mark 8:31, 9:31, 10:34, Luke 9:22). For them to go to
Galilee with he purpose of meeting him there would be
an act of faith. They would have to believe the eye-
witness testimony of the women that they saw Jesus
alive from the dead. They would also have to believe
that Jesus was going to appear to them. This would
separate them from the highly emotional environment of
Jerusalem which might be seen as a place that could
lend motivation for hallucinations. instead they traveled
miles away with time to calm down their emotions. If
they were to meet Jesus in Galilee it would not be a
mirage but the real person.
3. his location would allow Jesus to easily choose the
witnesses of His resurrection. Sure Jesus is God but he
still works within the parameters of free-will. The
Passover pilgrims would be going home and a remote
mountain in Galilee would be a good location to meet
with his disciples alone without chance of interruption.
4. Galilee is home. This shows the brilliant wisdom of our
Lord. He knew the psychological state of the disciples
at this point. Surely they were broken and in despair,
probably even frightened. Judas was dead, Thomas
was alone in his own dark depression, the others were
confused. His goal would be to regroup this band of
soon to be Apostles and reconstruct their faith.
Whenever a young person destroys their life and needs
to find security, oftentimes (all things being equal) they
go back home. Home is where they find security, love,
remembrance of the good times, a sense of belonging,
etc…Jesus knew that taking them back to Galilee would
help remind them of their time with Jesus, the
successes, the miracles, casting out demons, healing
the sick, preaching to the multitudes. It would take them
out of the hostile environment of Jerusalem; the place
of conflict, the attacks of the Jewish leaders, the place
of death. In Galilee they would find it easier to see the
mission of world evangelism.
So why Galilee? Because it served every purpose that Jerusalem
could not. The Lord knew best and he has always known what
he is doing. Just like the disciples probably did not know why
they had to go to Galilee so people today don’t know why Jesus
chose Galilee. The real question is will we trust the Lord and
believe he knows what he is doing?. as copied.