Evidence of The Resurrection
 

Mary Magdalene -- Missionary
to The Apostles

Mary Magdalene loved Jesus very much. He had healed her soul. You see, according to the Gospels -- she had been inhabited by seven demons!

Many have considered her to be a former prostitute, but we can't prove that. We do know that she experienced tremendous anguish of heart! We also know that Jesus gave her a brand new life.

Mary Magdalene and several other women had ministered to Jesus and His disciples out of their own funds.

When Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus buried Jesus, Mary Magdalene and at least one of her friends were watching and saw where Jesus was buried.

So they knew just where to go the next morning while the sun was rising. At least three women friends bought sweet spices to anoint Jesus. Although Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus had already prepared Jesus' body with spices and myrrh wrapped in a long linen cloth, these women also wanted to put spices on His body.

The Sabbath was rapidly approaching when all the Jews were ordered to rest, so the women went home and prepared spices and ointments and then rested on the Sabbath when the sun went down that night.

The next morning was the first day of the week. Very early in the morning they came to the grave site and brought the spices they had prepared.

While on their way to the tomb, they were asking one another who would move the huge stone for them.

But when they arrived at the tomb, to their astonishment -- the huge stone had already been moved! What a surprise greeted them! There had been a great earthquake and an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled back the stone from the cave opening, and sat down on it. The angel’s face shone like lightning and his clothes were glistening white like snow.

The guards were terrified and fainted dead away at the sight of this glorious angel!

Apparently the angel that appeared to the guards had left by the time the women arrived at the tomb because the women were very upset to discover that Jesus' body was missing. There was only the empty tomb of Jesus for them to see.

Mary Magdalene ran and found Simon Peter and John and exclaimed, “They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulcher and we don't know where they have taken Him!”

Mary followed behind Peter and John as they rushed to the tomb to see what had happened at the grave.

John ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first, but he didn't go in. Peter, however, did go into the tomb.

When John saw the grave clothes lying on the rock shelf where Jesus' body had been, he believed Jesus had risen from the dead. What convinced him?

The grave clothes themselves. They were lying there wrapped round and round glued together with the myrrh and spices like a mummy, but there was no body within the burial shroud. The grave cloth was collapsed like an empty cocoon. The napkin that had been around his head was lying where Jesus‘ head had been. The mummy wrapping around His body was completely undisturbed except for the fact that Jesus' body was no longer within it!

The two disciples left the grave, but Mary Magdalene stayed.

As she and perhaps some of her friends entered the cave where Jesus had been buried, she wondered where His body had been taken! Just then two angels appeared in shining clothing! Apparently at first they saw just one angel and then there were two of the shining beings in the tomb with them!

The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the earth before the shining angels who comforted them with these words, "Don't be afraid -- we know you are looking for Jesus, but why are you looking for the living among the dead?”

“He isn't here! He is risen just as He promised. Come and see the place where the Lord lay.”

“Now go quickly and tell his disciples and Peter that He is alive and is going before you into Galilee. You'll see Him there. Remember what He said to you when He was in Galilee that He must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and three days later rise again?”

Then the women remembered the words of Jesus.

The women got up quickly from the sepulcher and ran to bring the disciples this wonderful news.

As the women were on their way back to the disciples, Jesus Himself met them and greeted them. The women bowed down and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him!

“Don't be afraid,” Jesus said to them, “Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee where they will see Me.”

The women ran as fast as they could to bring the disciples this wonderful news.

But the grieving disciples didn't believe them.

The true Mary Magdalene story is a touching one to read from the Bible. I encourage you to investigate it. You'll find out for yourself the truth about Jesus and Mary Magdalene that can change your life too.



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.