Resurrection Accounts

The Resurrection of Jesus is recounted in each of the four Gospels – Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, and John 20. There are a lot of variations and discrepancies in them that skeptics point to as evidence that the Resurrection never happened.

But Richard Middleton writes, “The Gospels testify to historical events, they are filtered through the memories of those who were there and those who recorded these memories in writing, possibly at second hand. The variations of detail about Jesus’s Resurrection are precisely the sort that are typically found in eyewitness accounts of real events, and suggest that there was no collusion between witnesses. … Since no two people (not even believers in the Resurrection) ever see things in exactly the same way, I find that the very complexity and variation of the Gospels (including the Resurrection accounts) ring true to life.

Below is a brief run down of these variations that I put together.

Who went to the tomb?

Matthew – Mary Magdalene and the other Mary.

Mark – Mary Magdalene, Mary (the mother of James), and Salome.

Luke – The women who had come from Galilee with Jesus: Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them.

John – Mary of Magdala.

Who did they meet?

Matthew – An angel of the Lord rolled the stone and talked to them, then they met Jesus on the way back.

Mark – The stone was already rolled away, a young man was inside the tomb, sitting on the right side, clothed in a white robe.

Luke – The stone was already rolled away, two men in dazzling apparel were standing inside the tomb, clothed in dazzling garments. Later, Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene.

John – The stone was already removed. Mary Magdalene went to Simon Peter and John and told them the Lord’s body had been stolen. They ran to the tomb and found the burial cloths, then returned home. But Mary stayed. She saw two angels in white sitting inside the tomb, one at the head and one at the feet where the body of Jesus had been.

What did the angel/men say?

Matthew – Angel: “Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ Behold, I have told you.”

Mark – Man: “Do not be amazed! You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Behold, the place where they laid him. But go and tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.’”

Luke – Two men: “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.”

John – Two angels ask Mary Magdalene why she is weeping and she says, “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him.”

What happened then?

Matthew -The women went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce this to his disciples. On the way, they met Jesus:“Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

Mark – The women went out and fled from the tomb, seized with trembling and bewilderment. They said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene, who went and told his companions He was alive and had been seen by her, but they did not believe her.

Luke – The women returned from the tomb and announced all these things to the eleven and to all the others, who did not believe them. Peter got up and ran to the tomb, bent down, and saw the burial cloths alone; then he went home amazed at what had happened.

John – Mary Magdalene, who had stayed at the tomb after Peter and John left, saw Jesus, who told her to tell the disciples that he was going to the Father. She went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and what he told her.

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    Not even atheist bible scholars doubt the Gospels are to who wrote them and their devotion to the truth. While some atheists may doubt he was bodily resurrected, no one doubts that he was. Many atheists have come to Christ as a result.

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