Following the Resurrection of Christ those who had so vehemently sought for His death were left with an Empty Tomb. The watchmen who had been assigned to guard the tomb were given large sums of money by the chief priests with instructions to say to anyone who asked, “His disciples came by night, and stole Him away while we slept.” In Jewish culture today this belief is still “commonly reported among the Jews until this day,” as Matthew recorded in his day (Matthew 28:11-15). For a Jew to finally meet the Messiah the Old Testament Prophets foretold about is truly life-changing.
“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about… I will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people; All that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” Zechariah 12:2-3
“In that day shall The LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem… I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.” Zechariah 12:8-9
“The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem… So shall ye know that I am The LORD your God dwelling in Zion, My holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.” Joel 3:16-17
“Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem”