Evidence of The Resurrection

Putting The Gospel Accounts of
The Resurrection in Order

If you read the resurrection accounts in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, you will notice that each one differs from the other ones -- at least in some ways. Naturally, you may be wondering why they don't all give the same account as they record the physical death of Jesus and Resurrection facts.

The reason why the narratives are different is that each one was written by a different human author from his own unique perspective. For example, Matthew, who was a Jew, stressed a different aspect of the resurrection story than Luke -- who was a Gentile. However, the real author behind the Gospels is God.

Several scholars have placed the different resurrection encounters into a suggested order. And here is just one way the different Gospel accounts of the resurrection can all be put together:

1. On Resurrection Sunday morning at the rising of the sun, Mary Magdalene (along with several of her women friends) brought spices to anoint the body of Jesus. They asked one another who would roll the huge stone away. While on their way to the tomb, there was an earthquake at the grave. An angel rolled away the stone in front of the tomb and sat on it -- terrorizing the guards.

2. When the women arrived at the tomb just after sunrise, they discovered that the stone had been moved.

3. Mary Magdalene looked inside and saw the empty tomb of Jesus. Then she ran to get the disciples while the other women remained at the tomb. She may have left the other women or she may have also seen the angels and just couldn't take it all in.

4. The women saw two angels sitting there. They were frightened and bowed down, but the angel spoke to them and asked why they were looking for the living among the dead. "Don't be afraid! You're looking for Jesus Who was crucified, but He is not here. He has risen, just as He said." The angel reminded them that Jesus had told them he was going to be delivered into the hands of sinful man, he crucified and rise again on the third day. They were to see where his body had been placed. Then the Angels told the women to go and tell the disciples that Jesus had risen from the dead and that He would meet them in Galilee.

5. Peter and to John ran to the tomb after Mary told them Jesus' body was gone. John ran faster than Peter and came to the tomb first, but he didn't go into the cave right away. He did see the grave clothes and noticed that the body of Jesus had to have passed right through the wrappings since they were not unwound. From the evidence of the grave wrappings John was the first to believe Jesus had risen from the dead. Peter entered the tomb and saw the wrappings too. Then John entered the tomb.  Neither men understood at that point that Jesus must rise from the dead. Then they both went home.

6. Mary followed Peter and John back to the tomb and stood outside the grave crying. She looked inside the cave and saw two angels -- one seated where Jesus' head had been and the other seated where His feet had been.

The angels asked Mary why she was crying and she responded that they had taken away her lord and she didn't know where His body was.

The angel told her not to be afraid because he knew she was looking for Jesus who had been crucified. The angel wondered why she was seeking the living One among the dead. He told her Jesus was not there for He had risen just as He said. The angel asked her to remember the words of Christ while He was still in Galilee that the Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified, and  rise again on third day. The angel told her to go to His disciples and Peter and tell them He had risen from the dead and would meet them in Galilee. 

7. Jesus and Mary Magdalene speak. At first she thought He was the gardener until He called her name. She then clung to him with all her might, but He cautioned her not to hold onto Him for He had not returned to the father yet. He commissioned her to tell His disciples that He had risen from the dead.

8. After these things, the other women were still looking for the disciples when Jesus suddenly appeared to them. He told them not to be afraid, but to go and tell his brothers to go to Galilee where they would see Him. The women took hold of His feet and worshiped Him.

9. The women found the other disciples and told them what happened.

10. Mary Magdalene arrived and shared her encounter with Jesus with her friends too.

The resurrection is the most stupendous event in all of human history! There is proof of resurrection that you can find on this website and other resources as well.

However, it won't do you any good unless you personally trust Jesus yourself. I urge you to do so today!

Are you thirsty for living water? Come to Jesus, my friend, and drink!

Two Disciples on the
Road to Emmaus

Two of Jesus' followers were on their way back to their home in Emmaus from Jerusalem on the first Easter Sunday.

As they were talking together about all the things that had happened, Jesus Himself joined them. But they didn't recognize Him.

He asked them, "What are you discussing that makes you so sad?"

Cleopas answered, "Are you a stranger in Jerusalem? How come you don't know what's been happening there lately?"

Jesus said, "What things?"

"The things about Jesus of Nazareth, Who was a mighty prophet -- not only in Word but in actions as well. The religious rulers had him condemned to death and crucified Him, but we thought He was the One Who was going to save Israel. And not only that, today is the third day since He was crucified. Some of our women astonished us because they didn't find His body when they visited the grave this morning! Not only that, they told us they had seen angels who told them that Jesus is alive!

Certain disciples who were with us also went to the sepulcher and they found it just as the women had described."

Then Jesus said to them, "O foolish ones and so slow to believe all the prophets have foretold. Shouldn't Christ have suffered and entered into His glory?"

Then beginning with the writings of Moses and all the prophets He shared with them from the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

As they drew near to Emmaus, the stranger acted as though He was going to continue on His journey, but they stopped him and said, "Stay with us, for its getting toward evening and the day is almost over."

And He went in to stay with them.

As He was sharing the evening meal with them, He took bread and blessed it and broke it. And He gave it to them. Immediately their eyes were opened and they knew Him, but He vanished from their sight!

They asked each other, "Didn't our hearts burn within us while He talked with us on the road and when He explained the Scriptures?"

Even though it was night, they hurried back to Jerusalem and found that the 11 disciples who were gathered together and also others who were with them.

The 11 disciples greeted these two believers from Emmaus with startling news, "The Lord is truly risen and He has appeared to Peter!"

Then the two from Emmaus shared with the others how the Lord revealed Himself to them when He broke bread with them.