4 Jesus resurrection testimonies…

Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.  And behold, there was a great earthquake for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it.  His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.  And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.  But the angel answered and said to the women.  “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here; for He is risen, as He said.  Come, see the place where the Lord lay.  And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him.  Behold, I have told you.”

So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.  And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!”  So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him.  Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.” – as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew

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Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him.  Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen.  And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?”  But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away – for it was very large.  And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothes in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed.

But he said to them, “D not be alarmed.  You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.  He is risen! He is not here.  See the place where they laid Him.  But go, tell His disciples – and Peter – that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.”

So they went out quickly and fled from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed.  And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.  – as recorded in the Gospel of Mark, this is believed to be the earliest gospel account dated 70 to 75 AD and would have been a second to third hand account of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus

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Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.  But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.  Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.  And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments.  They, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?  He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.'”

And they remembered His words.  They they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.  It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles.  And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them.  But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened. – as recorded in the Gospel of Luke

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Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.  Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”  Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb.  So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first.  And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in.  Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself.  Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed.  For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead.  Then the disciples went away again to their homes.

But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb.  And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.  They they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”  She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”  Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus.

Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?  Whom are you seeking?”

She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”

Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher).

Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.'”

Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that HE had spoken these things to her. – as recorded in the Gospel of John, the oldest dated gospel by most accounts dated 90 AD to as late as 110 AD.

These passages do not address theological application at all.  The purpose of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection is not addressed.  These are out of context from the rest of the text surrounding them.

John goes on to record these words in chapter 20 verses 30 and 31: “And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you  may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

I hope that the resurrection of Jesus brings you hope, peace, and a desire to love others with amazing grace.

– Keith A. Wadley

NOTE:  I struggle with reliability or trustworthiness of the various Biblical texts.  Gary Habermas, a Christian apologist, wrote an article that gives solid reasoning for believing that what we have is trustworthy as sources.  Each person needs to sift the evidence for themselves though.

For a counterpoint to Dr. Habermas’s view there are a plethora of choices.  I will give you two:

Bart Erhman in an interview with NPR

Interviews with various scholarly persons for PBS Frontline – I actually think this was done well.

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5 thoughts on “4 Jesus resurrection testimonies…

  1. ourroughedges says:

    Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
    John 20:29 NIV

    If you ask different people at an event/accident/celebration what happened you will get different viewpoints. I always found it interesting that the gospel of Jesus is told in 4 different books in 4 different was. Perhaps it’s our opportunity to gain different insight and perspectives on the life of Jesus because we were not there.

    I don’t need everything in the Bible to line up perfectly. I only need to look back and see how Jesus has worked miracles in my own life to know his love and mercy. That’s what I choose to focus on above all the questions. We can’t know everything while we’re here. But someday, we will know all. Until then and into eternity I will choose to be madly in love with the Holy Trinity. Now I know that my commitment to his ways ebb and flow as does everything, but I have confidence in that I am continually growing in him and what I believe. Yes, I too question what the Bible says at times, but I have found that when I pray for wisdom and discernment God grants me what I need to know. He’s good like that.

    “Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.”
    2 Corinthians 5:6‭-‬9 NIV

    “If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
    2 Corinthians 5:13‭-‬21 NIV

  2. SANDRA MONTS says:

    Thank you, grandson. My perspective is to Believe Jesus is God’s Son, He lived and showed in every way who God is and what He is like.
    I believe He died and was resurrected. We can spend a lot of time trying to figure it all out in different translations, but nothing will ever change Who Jesus is and what He did for every human.
    Love you, and keep on thinking, studying, and writing to make us all think.
    Good points and resources .
    You have such a heart for the Lord. Granny

    • That is the point of the post to an extent. We can get bogged down trying to make all the accounts work together when what matters is that Jesus was raised from death to life by God the Father. All four accounts are clear on that point and it is the main point. Gary Habermas also points out that in Jewish law women’s testimonies were discounted, so for the gospel writers (especially Matthew who wrote his account for Jews) note that women were the first ones on the scene who went back and told the disciples that Jesus wasn’t there then this gives further credit to it being authentic.

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