J is for Jesus Christ, Joseph of Arimathea and Judas Iscariot

My posts for the A to Z Challenge this year are all about the Easter Story, recorded in 4 books of the New Testament: the Gospels. Image in sidebar links to Theme Reveal post.

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Three of the characters, who appear in the Easter story and have names beginning with J, are the subject of this post.

Jesus Christ (also known as Jesus of Nazareth) is the central figure in the Easter story, which tells of his entry into Jerusalem, arrest, trial, execution, burial and resurrection from the dead. The links to the story all appear in my Theme reveal post, but I am including them here at save you a click!

The four accounts in the New Testament are Matthew 26-28, Mark 14-16, Luke 22-24 , John 12-16 (Jesus teaching before his trial and execution) and John 17-21. (The central part of the Easter story and evidence for the resurrection)

Joseph of Arimathea appears in the story after Jesus’ death, when he offered the tomb he had prepared for himself for Jesus burial. Matthew 27: 57-60, Mark 15:42-47 and John 19:38-42 The day this post is published is Low Saturday, when we remember Jesus’ body lying in the tomb.

Judas Iscariot was one of the twelve disciples, closest to Jesus. (Letter D) He looked after the purse for Jesus and the group. He has gone down in history (and in the Christian creeds (statements of belief) as Judas, who betrayed Jesus. He had already gone to the chief priests to offer to hand him over to them before they celebrated the Passover meal or Last Supper. Mark 14:10-11, Matthew 26:14-16, Luke 22:1-6  and John 13:18-30

He left during the meal and led the chief priests to Jesus and his disciples in Gethsemane (Letter G). Matthew 26:45-57 and Mark 14:41-53

After he had betrayed Jesus, Judas Iscariot died, although accounts of the manner of his death differ in Matthew’s Gospel and The Acts of the Apostles, which is a continuation of Luke’s gospel. Matthew 27:5 and Acts 1:15-19