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
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
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!