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THE DRAMA OF THE LOST DISCIPLES By GEORGE F. JOWETT COVENANT FOURTH EDITION 1967
INTRODUCTION BY THE REV. ANSLEY RASH

"IT was Edmund Burke who wrote, 'People will not look forward to #posterity who never look backward to their #ancestors',
"and it is certainly #true to say that only a very real knowledge of what #God has done for and through the #British #race in the days that are past can give #confidence and #courage with which to face the unknown in this #era of #crisis and #tragedy.
"...So much rubbish has been written concerning #Britain's #pagan past and so many attempts have been made to #destroy our justifiable #pride in the very real #achievement of our #race
"that we welcome unreservedly one more book devoted to the purpose of #informing our #people of the glorious #Christian #heritage that was #bequeathed to us in the first four centuries.
"Here the #faith of #Christ was firmly #founded soon after the Passion and #Resurrection of our Lord and here also the #first #Christian #Church in all the world outside of #Jerusalem was erected by the #original #disciple and #followers of the Incarnate Word.
"It is fashionable in these days for our leaders in #Church and #State to make the #pilgrimage to #Rome to seek economic security and ecclesiastical unity, but this book reminds us very forcibly that in those early days while the #RomanEmpire was still #pagan,
"men #braved the fury of the #elements and the peril of the #sword to journey to the #Britannic Isles in order to proclaim the #Gospel of #love, #light and #liberty,
"and then as the Heralds of the #Cross to bear it from Glastonbury and lana, Bangor and Lindisfarne, to the far places of the earth, for #Britain, not #Rome, was then the #Lighthouse of #Europe.
"The author of this book, a #Canadian of #British birth, a man of many parts and varied talents, has put us in his debt by reminding us once again of our glorious #privilege and solemn #responsibility as #God's servants and witnesses.
"He has obviously spent a great deal of #time in #travel and #research in order to collect and collate the wealth of valuable material here presented to the reader.
"With a well-arranged #bibliography, the book contains treasures both new and old and should without doubt appeal to all those who love and value the #truth concerning our illustrious #past.
"Observing all that #God has wrought in the generations long ago, the reader will find #faith strengthened and #hope renewed for the #future.
"CHAPTER I THE #SCANDAL OF THE #CROSS

1,985 years ago last April, in the year A.D. 32, the most power-packed #drama in the #history of #mankind was enacted when the Roman soldiery nailed #Christ to the Cross, on the Hill of Golgotha.
"With this ignominious #death specially reserved for the meanest #criminals by the #Romans, the #powerful, #fanatical #Sadducean leaders of the #Sanhedrin
"and the #Roman Procurator of the Province of #Palestine hoped they had rid themselves of the great disturbing #religious influence which, by their acts, clearly indicated they recognized as a #dangerous challenge to their #authority.
"From a material point of view the supreme #sacrifice of #Jesus might have been the grand finale of His #mission, ending in a futile gesture BUT for the existence of ONE MAN.
"This man, but fleetingly mentioned in the #tragedy of the #cross, passed out of #scriptural mention under a mantle of #mystery in the fateful year of A.D. 36.
"From that year onward secular #history takes up the theme. Ancient documents carefully preserved, and others recently recovered from the dusty, long-forgotten archives referring to that epochal year,
"record him as having been cast upon the seas with a few #faithful companions by their remorseless #enemies, in an OPEN, OARLESS BOAT, W/OUT SAILS on an ebbing tide over which they drifted far from the shores of their shadowed Judean homeland, to which they were never to return.
"...to grasp the significant, #historical importance of this particular person, and the considerable #power he wielded, we must retrace our footsteps and examine more closely the soul-stirring events that began with the accursed #kiss of #Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane,
"to the aftermath of the #Crucifixion.
"In doing so one cannot help but experience amazement at the revolting series of extra-#legal actions that pursued the course from the #arrest of #Christ, to His #death, indicated by the #bitter, #bestial #hatred of the #corrupt ruling #Priesthood of the #Jewish #Sanhedrin.
"On that dark night in the torch-lightened garden it did not need the pointing finger of #Judas, or his betraying #kiss, to identify the #Christ.

(J. W. T Taylor, The Coming of the Saints, pp. 126-127.)
"#Jesus forestalled the #traitor by calmly walking to meet the guard, asking them if He was the one they sought. Undoubtedly, the soldiers knew #Jesus by sight but the #law required a civilian to make the identity in order for them to make the #arrest.
"For this #historic act of #treachery #Judas was paid thirty pieces of silver by the #Sanhedrin to betray his Master.
"Contrary to popular belief the #Roman guard did not make the #arrest. It was executed by the #priest's guard upon the #authority of the #Sanhedrin. The #arrest was #illegal. The #Sanhedrin had not the #authority to #arrest a citizen.
"The power belonged exclusively to the #Roman court which then ruled over #Judea. It could only be carried out by the #Roman guard on orders issued by #Roman authority on a recognized complaint.
"#Jesus offered no #resistance.
"Quietly He walked between the guards, who had feared to lay hands on Him, thru the darkened streets to the #Temple of the #Sanhedrin where its #legislative members had been called to an emergency session @ midnight for the sole purpose of trying #Christ bfore its priestly court.
"Here again we note an extraordinary #breach of #judicial process. The #Roman #law did not permit court hearings to be held after sunset.¹

¹J. W. Taylor, The Coming of the Saints, pp. 126-127.
"Even under an emergency measure no #trial for #life could be held after dark. Moreover, a trial for life was exclusively the prerogative of the #Roman court, to be held only before the #Roman Procurator.
"Yet we find #Caiaphas, #HighPriest of the #Sanhedrin, deliberately #flaunting the all-powerful #Roman authority in a trial for life as late as midnight.
"Off-hand, one is apt to obtain the impression that the #Jews were a #powerful people whom the #Roman authority #feared sufficiently to extend to them certain #legal extenuations.

"This was far from being the case.
"The #Jews were #subjects of the #Roman State and looked upon with the #contempt and #scorn a dictatorship reserves for its #meanest #vassals.
"The extra-legal practices of #Caiaphas reveal two forms of circumstances which, even under casual investigation, appear quite evident.
"It reveals the #desperate position in which the #Sanhedrin viewed the #insecurity of their own situation by the #popularity of #Christ's teachings,
"or it indicates that #Caiaphas possessed some damaging secret #political knowledge whereby he dared to thwart retaliation by the #Roman governor.
"Into the crowded assembly of the #Sanhedrin the tall, stately #champions of the #defence striking back with rapier swiftness.
"The #history of the #Trial, as it has come down to us, shows that the #defence fought back with all the resolute #heroism of fearless #warriors, invincible in the #courage of their firm convictions.
"The #vindication of #Christ must have been #brilliant...
"Throughout the proceedings #Jesus remained unperturbed, serene in His #righteousness. He offered no #defence to save Himself, on the grounds that that which is #right needs no #defence.
"He affirmed His status calmly before #friend and #foe, knowing beforehand He was #destined to #die.
"The vote was cast and the triumphant #defence established. The amazing fact is that out of the seventy-one legislative members of the #Sanhedrin, forty voted for the #dismissal of the case and the #freedom of #Jesus.
"This was not to be. Foiled within the #Sanhedrin, #Caiaphas played a #trump card which he knew could not be vetoed. He demanded that Jesus be tried before #PontiusPilate, the #Roman Procurator of the #Roman Province of #Palestine, on the charge of #treason.
"It must not be thought that the classic #defence alone swayed the vote of the #Sanhedrin. What it did do was to pour #courage into many hearts, inspiring them to stand by a #religious conviction already instilled within them.
"Actually, for three years previous to this infamous trial by midnight, the #Sanhedrin had been split on #religious policy.
"Many had been the heated debates within the assembly, with the #Sadducees clinging to an emasculated #Judean faith into which they had injected their own #corrupt personal policy.
"These were the old ultra #conservatives led by Annac; and Caiaphas. Ranged against them were the new #Liberal Party who had openly declared for the new #spiritual order.
"They could not win. The dice was loaded against them. The #Sadducees controlled the wealthy ruling power in #Jewry, w/the c.xception of a single individual whose influence was so great it stretched beyond the boundaries of #Jewry into the high places of Roman administration.²
"The only man who the #Sadducees dared not oppose was #Joseph, the uncle of #Jesus, known scripturally and in secular history as #Joseph of #Arimathea.
"To most people, he is passingly remembered as the #rich man who kindly offered his private #sepulchre for the burial of #Christ;
"the man who boldly claimed the body of #Jesus from #Pilate who with #Nicodemus [pic], took the body from the cross, providing the clean linens to make the shroud that enclosed the tortured, #crucified form.
"In the #scriptural record, at the most, he appears but a transitory figure at the #trial and the #crucifixion, seldom mentioned, and then with no evident stress of importance, silently passing out of the #scriptural picture four years after the passion of #Christ.
"In our own time #Joseph of #Arimathea is but slightly referred to, skimmed over as a person of little significance.

"WHY he has been indifferently by-passed, along with #historic events covering that epochal period is both perplexing and surprising.
"The part he played in preserving #TheWord, and in paving the path for the proclamation of '#TheWay' to the world, is as fascinating as it is inspiring.
"He was the #protector of that valorous little band of #disciples during the perilous years following the #crucifixion, the indefatigable head of the #Christian underground in #Judea, and the #guardian of #Christ's only earthly¹ treasure-His mother.
"Startling as it may appear to most #Christians, and particularly to the #Anglo-#American world, the dominant role he performed in laying the true cornerstone of our #Christian way of life should thrill our hearts with undying #gratitude.
"His story is exclusively the story of #Britain and, in consequence, #America, and all #Christian people wherever they may be.
"In actuality, #Joseph of #Arimathea was the #Apostle of #Britain, the #true #Apostle first to set up #Christ's standard on that sea-girt little isle, 562 years before #StAugustine set foot on #English soil.
"He, with #twelve other #disciples of #Christ, erected in #England the first #Christian church above ground in the world, to the glory of #God and His Son, #Jesus Christ.
END CHAPTER I - THE SCANDAL OF THE CROSS

THE DRAMA OF THE LOST DISCIPLES BY GEORGE JOWETT

TO BE CONTINUED...
CHAPTER II THE NOBILIS DECURIO

#JOSEPH of #Arimathea was a man of refinement, well educated, and one who possessed many talents. He had extraordinary political and business ability and was reputed to be one of the wealthiest men in the world of that time.
"He was the #Carnegie of his day, a metal #magnate controlling the #tin and #lead industry which then was akin in importance to that of #steel today.
"#Tin was the chief #metal for the making of alloys and in great demand by the warring #Romans.

[PICS: Ancient tin mines of #Britain bit.ly/2DE1bPc]
Many authorities claim that #Joseph's world control of #tin and #lead was due to his vast holdings in the famous, ancient tin mines of #Britain. ¹

¹See St. Joseph of Arimathea at Glastonbury, pp. 31-32.
"This interest he had acquired and developed many years before #Jesus was #baptized by His cousin, #John the #Baptist, and before He began His brief but glorious #mission.
"The world's major portion of #tin was mined in #Cornwall, smelted into ingots and exported throughout the then known #civilized world, chiefly in the ships of #Joseph.
"He is reputed to have owned one of the largest private merchant shipping fleets afloat which traversed the world's sea lanes in the transportation of this precious #metal.
"The existence of the #tin trade between #Cornwall and #Phoenicia is frequently referred to by classical writers, and is described at considerable length by Diodorus Siculus as well as #JuliusCaesar.
"In the Latin Vulgate of the #Gospel of St. #Mark 5:43, and St. #Luke 23:50, we find both referring to #Joseph of #Arimathea as '#Decurio'. This was the common term employed by the #Romans to designate an official in charge of #metal mines.
"In St. Jerome's translation, Joseph's official title is given as 'Nobilis Decurio'. This would indicate that he held a prominent position in the #Roman administration as a minister of #mines.
"...His financial and social standing can well be estimated when we consider he owned a palatial home in the #holy city and a fine country residence just outside #Jerusalem.
"Several miles north of the ancient city he possessed another spacious estate at #Arimathea, which is known today as #Ramalleh. It was located on the populous caravan route between #Nazareth and #Jerusalem.
"Everything known of him points to him as affluent and as a person of importance and influence within both the Jewish and Roman hierarchies.
"According to the #Talmud, #Joseph was the younger brother of the father of the #VirginMary. He was her #uncle, and therefore a #greatuncle to #Jesus.
"Chiefly from the #secular reports we leam that #Joseph was a married man and his son, #Josephes, left a mark of distinction in #British history.
"During the lifetime of #Jesus there constantly appears reference to his association with a relative at #Jerusalem. Profane #history is more positive on the matter, identifying the connection with #Joseph.
"As we study the old records we find there is a valid reason for the close association of #Jesus and his family with #Joseph. It is quite obvious that the husband of #Mary died while #Jesus was young.
"Under [Hebraic] law such a circumstance automatically appointed the next male kin of the husband, in this case, #Joseph, legal #guardian of the family.
"This fact explains many things. #History and #tradition report #Jesus, as a boy, frequently in the company of His #uncle, particularly at the time of the #religious feasts, and declares that #Jesus made voyages to #Britain with #Joseph in his ships.
"#Cornish traditions abound with this #testimony and numerous ancient #landmarks bear #Hebrew names recording these visits.
"Even during the short period of the #ministry of #Jesus there is definitely shown to exist a close affinity between them, far greater than one would expect from an ordinary #guardianship. It was #fatherly, #loyal, with a mutual affection #death could not sever.
"We know that #Joseph never forsook his nephew. He stood by Him as a bold, fearless #defender at the notorious trial, and defied the #Sanhedrin by going to #Pilate and boldly claiming the body when all others feared to do so.
"His arms were the first to cradle the broken corpse when taken from the #cross and place it in the #tomb.
"After #death he continued to #protect the mutilated body of #Jesus from the conspiring minds of the #Sadducees.
"He risked his all, #wealth, #power and #position in those crucial years fulfilling his obligation as guardian of #Jesus and of the family of #Mary. He loved #Jesus dearly.
"The #disciples spoke of #Joseph with an affectionate regard. They wrote he was a 'just man', a 'good man', 'honourable', and 'a #disciple of #Jesus'.
"The latter clearly indicates that all through their association #Joseph must have encouraged #Jesus in His great work and that he was aware of the #mystery of His #birth and probably His #destiny.
"All evidence proves that #Joseph believed in the #validity of all #Jesus taught and ultimately suffered for.¹

¹• cf. Joseph's testimony, Gospel of Nicodemus, 9: 5-11 •
"It is commonly taught that #Jesus was poor and of obscure relations. His relationship with the affluent #Joseph of #Arimathea proves otherwise. In His own right He was a property owner but long before He took up His #mission He forsook all material #wealth.
"It should be remembered that #Jesus was a true lineal #descendant of the Shepherd King, #David, and of #Seth, son of #Adam, who was the son of #God.

Geneology of Jesus [from Adam to Christ] dustoffthebible.com/Blog-archive/2…
END CHAPTER II OF THE DRAMA OF THE DISCIPLES BY GEORGE JOWETT

NEXT!!! CHAPTER III - WHO MOVED THE STONE OF THE TOMB?

TO BE CONTINUED
"DENIED the power of the vote #Caiaphas lost no time in contacting #Pilate, fully prepared to play his ace with the pressure of #blackmail if #Pilate hesitated to institute the charge of #treason against #Jesus.
"Under #Roman law #treason was a #capital offence which, if proven, was punishable by #death. Only the #Roman Procurator could try such a case and only he could legally impose the #death penalty. This #Caiaphas demanded and silence was his price.
"The #HighPriest possessed positive knowledge that #PontiusPilate had been an active party to a secret, futile plot to #assassinate Tiberius Caesar.¹

¹Carlo Franzen, Memoirs of #PontiusPilate.
"Armed with this knowledge #Caiaphas imposed his will on the #Procurator, who trembled with fear of exposure, disgrace, and the threat to his life.
"It is with certainty we can assume that #Joseph pleaded with #Pilate not to interfere in a new trial of #Jesus. #Joseph was unaware of the deadly secret #Caiaphas held over the Spanish-born Procurator.
"Neither his pleadings nor his influence could prevail. Nor could the earnest. supplication of #Pilate's wife avail, who, disturbed by the potency of a #dream the night before, begged of him to have nothing to do with the trial of 'that #just man'.
"#Pilate deferred to his wife. He owed his exalted position to the social eminence his #marriage had brought. His wife was Claudia Procula, the illegitimate daughter of Claudia, the third wife of #TiberiusCaesar, and grand-daughter of #AugustusCaesar.
"#Pilate knew that the Emperor, against whom he had plotted, was very fond of his step-daughter and, being an astute #politician, #PontiusPilate deferred to her every whim.
"for him to deny Claudia's urgent request is but to prove how serious #Pilate considered the hold #Caiaphas had on him. At heart #Pilate was not in sympathy with the demands of the #Sadducees. He found no foundation to their charges.
"FOUR times #Jesus was pronounced #innocent but #Pilate, in his evasive gesture calling for a bowl of water to signify he washed his hands of the whole matter, acceded to the #murderous demands of the #Sanhedrin.
"Nevertheless, he permitted the #Roman guard to carry out the #tragic act historically known as 'The Scandal of the #Cross'.
"The #dream that tortured #Pilate's wife on the previous night foretold #disaster to him if he judged #Jesus. The #dream came true. Later #PontiusPilate committed suicide.¹

¹cf. Eusebius.
"From the beginning to the end the #arrest and dual #trial was a vicious frame-up, a #betrayal, a #travesty of #justice.
"From that dark hour in the garden to the #crucifixion, the plot was hurried to its conclusion. It had to be. The murmurings of the people had been growing louder, as evidenced at the final #trial.
"Following the fatal verdict the whole city #seethed with #fear and #unrest. #Caiaphas and his #fanatical collaborators had triumphed but the #Romans held the lash and would not hesitate to use it unmercifully on the slightest provocation or interference.
"So greatly did #terror prevail through-out #Jerusalem that all known to have been associated with #Jesus in even the slightest way fled into hiding.
"Nine of the twelve #disciples had fled the city directly after the #arrest in the garden, leaving only three standing by. #Judas was no longer numbered among the #faithful. Only #Peter, #John and #Nicodemus remained.
"Even though #Peter had denied his #Master he, with the beloved disciple #John, had followed #Jesus into the crowded courtroom of the #Sanhedrin. There, for the third time, #Peter denied association with his #Lord.
"After the fatal circumstances had arisen #Peter, overwhelmed with self-torment and ashamed of his denials, despondently went into #seclusion within the city. He did not witness the #crucifixion.
"Of those present, the #Scriptures refer by name only to #John and #Mary, the mother of #Jesus, witnessing the #tragedy at the foot of the cross, and the three women, #MaryMagdalene, #Mary the wife of Cleophas, and #Salome who watched from a respectful distance ²
² 'But all those who were the acquaintance of #Christ, stood at a distance, as did the women who had followed #Jesus from #Galilee, observing all these things.' -#Nicodemus 8:11.
"Wonderment is often evinced at the omission of the #Bethany sisters, #Martha and #Mary, whom #Jesus loved. The impression gathered is that they were not present. This does not seem conceivable. The name of #Joseph is not mentioned but it seems safe to say they were all present.
"The record says, 'all the women who followed Him, and others were mingled among the crowd'. The speed with which #Joseph called on #Pilate after the #demise indicates that he was present.
"#Pilate appears to be surprised at hearing the swift news, asking those near him if it were true #Jesus was dead.
"It is doubtful if the beloved #John and the #BlessedMother witnessed the expiration on the cross. We are told that after #Jesus committed His mother to the care of #John, the #disciple led her away to spare her the last dark hours of suffering.
"Probably the average #Christian of today fails to realize the extent of the physical and mental #torture borne by the sensitive #Jesus through this agonizing period.
"From the hour of the #LastSupper to the time of His #death, He had not touched food or drink. He had been 'third degreed' from the moment He stood in the torch-lit #Sanhedrin, until after His #trial before #Pilate.
"Then, following the #heckling, the crowning of thorns, and the reviling by His #enemies who had placed the mocking sign on Him- 'King of the Jews'.
"Following His #condemnation to #death He had been brutally #flogged by His #Roman executioners, His back slashed to ribbons. Even today it is conceded that the Roman #flogging was the most #cruel ever to be inflicted on a human being.
"This we can well believe as we scan the #Roman records which attest to the fact that only one out of ten ever survived the ghastly #scourging.
"His suffering was intensified when the reviling #Roman soldier pressed the bitter sponge of hyssop [bitter antiseptic] to His parched lips when He called for water as He hung on the #cross.
"All this He endured apart from the terrible torment He suffered as He slowly #expired on the cross. Weighing all this as we must, we are not left in doubt that #Jesus was as #physically superb as He was #mentally and ##spiritually.
THE DRAMA OF THE DISCIPLES BY GEORGE JOWETT

CHAPTER III, WHO MOVED THE STONE AT THE TOMB?

TO BE CONTINUED
"According to both #Jewish and #Roman law, unless the body of an executed #criminal be immediately claimed by the next of kin the body of the victim was cast into a common pit with others where all physical record of them was completely obliterated.
"Why did not #Mary, the mother of #Jesus, as the immediate next of kin, claim the body of her beloved #Son?
"Perhaps #John, fearing for the safety of #Mary, restrained her, leaving it to #Joseph, the family guardian, to make the request.
"\\'e do know that #Joseph was the one who personally went to #Pilate and obtained the Procurator's official sanction to claim the body, remove it from the #cross, and prepare it for #burial in his private sepulchre which was within the garden of his estate.
"You will likely agree that this was in order. But consider the circumstances. A #reign of terror continued to prevail within the city of #Jerusalem.
"No follower of #Christ was safe from the #evil machinations of the #Sanhedrin, who were then enjoying a #Roman holiday in the #persecution of the followers of '#TheWay'.
"As already stated, all but two of the #disciples had fled the city and gone into safe #seclusion in #fear of their lives. However, as we shall see, there was yet another, #Nicodemus, who had not fled the city.
"But #Joseph, the #Roman senator, and the legislative member of the #Sanhedrin, also a disciple, was the only close associate of #Christ who dared to walk openly on the street without fear of molestation. Was he too powerful and prominent for either side to harm?
"Yet #Joseph knew he was dealing with dynamite, and from the circumstances that followed it appears that #Joseph did fear #interference, not personally, but in his intentions.
"Actually, why did he go to #PontiusPilate? Why did he not claim the body in the ordinary way, according to custom?
"Certainly, it was not a common occurrence to seek permission from the highest authority in the land in order to obtain the body of an executed criminal.
"Why had he not sought permission from the #Sanhedrin? They were inflexible in their rule that a body must be claimed and buried before sunset. Under normal circumstances there was no need to go further than the #Sanhedrin.
"#Jesus was regarded as a [Judahite]. #Joseph was a [Judahite] and a high ranking member of the #Sanhedrin. There was only one reason why #Joseph preferred to make the claim for the body to #Pilate.
"He knew that the fanatical #Sadducean Priesthood sought the total #extinction of #Jesus, even in death.
"#Annas and #Caiaphas had succeeded in their ##diabolical, murderous scheme by having #Jesus crucified as a common criminal. Does it not stand to reason that they would seek to carry out the ignominy to its fullest extent?
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