'Compassionate or Holy Week'
Mark 16:1,5-6 Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. *He is risen!* He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.
Though our Lord told His disciples that He would suffer, killed and on the third day rise from the dead, yet after His death none of them believe that He would resurrect. Strangely enough the priesthood who plotted His death believed.
Mat 27:62-66 On the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to Pilate, saying, "Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, 'After three days I will rise.' Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, 'He has risen from the dead.' So the last deception will be worse than the first." Pilate said to them, "You have a guard; go your way, make it as secure as you know how." So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard.
Mark 16:9-11 Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons. She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept. And when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.
Though our Lord constantly reminded His disciples that on the third day He would rise from the dead, none of them believed even though His body was missing from the tomb.
Finally, He had to appear to them to convince them of His resurrection.
John 20:19-20 Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, "Peace be with you." When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
John Believed His Resurrection
John 20:6,8 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there,.. Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed.
Only John believed Jesus' resurrection before Jesus appeared to them. That was why He was called 'the one Jesus loved'.
John 20:29 Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."
Jesus' Gospel of Grace
Luke 24:46-47,49 Then He said to them, "Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem... Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high."
The gist of the gospel of grace is that whosoever believes that
1. Jesus is the Christ or Messiah (Word made flesh)
2. He suffered and was killed
3. the third day he rose from that death
First Born Again Christians
John 20:21-22 So Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit."
Since they had confess Jesus as the Christ or Messiah when He was alive with them, seen Him suffered, killed and now His resurrection, they have believed Him and the gospel of grace.
So our Lord Jesus gave them the Holy Spirit as the seal of redemption. These disciples were the first born again Christians in the Body of Christ.
Conditions of the New Covenant
The word of Jesus which includes His sayings, commandments, teachings, instructions and parables were the conditions of the New Covenant of His blood. Only after the death of Jesus was the New Covenant of His blood in force.
Heb 9:16-17 For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives.
Conditions of Covenant
Any covenant requires the participation of at least two parties.
On the Part of Jesus
Our Lord Jesus had sealed the new Covenant with His blood on the cross.
On our Part
For us to be part of the Covenant, He requires us to be a born again Christian by believing the gospel of grace.
With more grace from Him we must be His disciples by keeping His word and then make of all men.