Four different books of the
Bible give similar but variant accounts of the events surrounding the
resurrection. Each writer gives the details from his own perspective.
They in no way contradict each other; in fact, they verify each other.
By combining the 4 accounts one can arrive at a full picture of what
happened that Resurrection Sunday morning.
On Saturday evening three
of the women decided to go back to the tomb where the body of Jesus
lay. They intended to re-wrap the corpse with cloths and additional
So, early Sunday morning,
while it was still dark, these ladies set out for the garden. By the
time they arrived the sun was beginning to rise. On their way to the
tomb, the earthquake took place. The earthquake seems to have been centralized!
Yet, the earthquake was strong enough that it moved the stone. The soldiers
guarding the tomb fell over in a faint.
The ladies entered the tomb,
sidestepping the fainted soldiers.
Inside, they saw the angel.
Matthew 28:5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not
ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
The angel went on to say:
Luke 24:5,6 . . . Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here,
but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee.
The ladies actually ran back
to the house! Mary Magdalene went immediately to Peter and John.
John 20:2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other
disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away
the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid
Still in shock, she apparently
didn't gather everything the angel had said. All she knew is that the
body wasn't there!
At that point, John and Peter
ran out of the city all the way to the Garden tomb. John arrived first
and looked in. Peter went right on by John.
John 20:5-7 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes
lying; yet went he not in. Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and
went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, And the napkin,
that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped
together in a place by itself.
Then it dawned on John. Jesus
said this would happen!
John 20:8,9 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first
to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. For as yet they knew not
the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.
For some reason, Peter and
John didn't communicate with Mary Magdalene what they had concluded.
They in their state of shock, didn't notice her return.
John 20:11,15,16 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and
as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, Then she
sensed that someone else was outside the tomb. Sobbing, she turned,
and Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou?
She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou
have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take
him away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith
unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.
She hurried back to prepare the other followers. Then came the other
Mary and Salome. Apparently, they didn't meet Mary Magdeline.
Matthew 28:9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met
them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and
Soon thereafter The LORD
talked with the two travelers on the road to Emmaus. Some where along
the line, the LORD appeared to Simon Peter as well. Then the LORD met
with the assembled disciples in the upper room. One was not there--Thomas.
In the study of these passages
one will observe three responses to the resurrection.
These same responses are being repeated today!
Like John, they saw and believed!
Out of that belief came several results. There was great excitement!
Immediately they began testifying! They were prompted to worship.
In John 20:25 Thomas said, Except I shall see in his hands the print
of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust
my hand into his side, I will not believe.
Some people insist on having all their questions answered. Like Thomas,
they want proof.
John 20:27,28 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and
behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side:
and be not faithless, but believing.
And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
Matthew 28:11-13 Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch
came into the city, and showed unto the chief priests all the things
that were done.
And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel,
they gave large money unto the soldiers,
Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while
And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure
So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying
is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
Knowledge of the resurrection
demands a response. Which will be your response– belief, doubt,
Acts 16:31 Believe on the
Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.