How Do the Gospels Describe Jesus Resurrection?

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the most significant events in Christianity. It is the cornerstone of the faith and represents the ultimate triumph over death.

The Gospels, which are the first four books of the New Testament, provide detailed accounts of this miraculous event. Let’s take a closer look at how each Gospel describes Jesus’ resurrection.

Matthew

Matthew’s Gospel provides a dramatic account of Jesus’ resurrection. According to Matthew, on the third day after Jesus’ crucifixion, Mary Magdalene and another woman named Mary went to visit his tomb.

Suddenly, there was a great earthquake as an angel appeared and rolled back the stone from the entrance to the tomb. The guards who were stationed there were terrified and fell down as if dead.

The angel spoke to Mary Magdalene and told her not to be afraid, for Jesus had risen from the dead. He instructed her to go tell the disciples that they would see Jesus in Galilee. As she was leaving, Jesus himself appeared before her and greeted her.

Mark

Mark’s Gospel also describes an earthquake occurring at Jesus’ resurrection. According to Mark, on the day after the Sabbath, Mary Magdalene, Mary (the mother of James), and Salome went to anoint Jesus’ body with spices. When they arrived at his tomb, they found that the stone had already been rolled away.

As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in white who told them not to be alarmed. He informed them that Jesus had risen from the dead and instructed them to go tell his disciples that he would meet them in Galilee.

Luke

Luke’s Gospel provides a more detailed account of Jesus’ resurrection than any other Gospel. According to Luke, on the first day of the week (Sunday), several women went to visit Jesus’ tomb early in the morning. When they arrived, they found that the stone had been rolled away.

As they entered the tomb, two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning appeared to them. The women were frightened, but the men told them not to be afraid and informed them that Jesus had risen from the dead.

The women then returned to tell the disciples what had happened. However, the disciples did not believe them until Jesus himself appeared before them later that day.

John

John’s Gospel provides a slightly different account of Jesus’ resurrection than the other Gospels. According to John, on the first day of the week (Sunday), Mary Magdalene went to visit Jesus’ tomb early in the morning. When she arrived, she found that the stone had been rolled away.

Assuming that someone had taken Jesus’ body, she ran to tell Peter and another disciple (whom Jesus loved). They both ran to the tomb and found it empty except for the linen burial cloths.

Later that same day, while some of the disciples were gathered together behind locked doors for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus himself appeared before them and showed them his wounds.

Conclusion

In conclusion, each Gospel provides a unique perspective on Jesus’ resurrection. Matthew describes an earthquake and an angel appearing at his tomb while Mark mentions an earthquake occurring as well.

Luke provides a more detailed account with two men appearing at his tomb while John has Mary Magdalene being first to discover his empty tomb. These accounts serve as a powerful reminder of Christ’s ultimate triumph over death and provide hope for believers around the world.