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In the case of Lazarus, Jesus commands them to roll back the stone. Lazarus is returned to life and walks out. Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. ... Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus ...


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That the Angel sat upon the stone on rolling it back (Mtt 28:2) is sufficient to prove that the Resurrection of Christ had already taken place; if it had not, the Angel would have stood in reverence. As for the seal, it was not intended to strengthen the closed entrance, as much as to serve as a check on the guards themselves, lest they be bribed by the ...


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Mt. 27:66 And they departing, made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting guards. On this verse, Cornelius à Lapide, S.J., Commentary on Matthew 22-28: They sealed it with a signet, not Pilate’s, as S. Chrysostom suggests, but with their own, i.e., with the signet of the city of Jerusalem, or of the Sanhedrim, so that the stone could not be ...


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