The story of Jesus’ resurrection is one of the most significant and well-known events in the Bible. It is a story that has been passed down through generations and remains a cornerstone of Christian faith today.
But where exactly in the Bible can we find this powerful story? Let’s take a closer look.
Before we delve into the specifics of where to find the resurrection story, it’s important to understand the context in which it takes place.
Jesus, the Son of God, was crucified on a cross at Calvary after being betrayed by one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot. His death was a pivotal moment in human history, and it marked the beginning of a new era for those who believed in him. However, three days later, something miraculous happened – Jesus rose from the dead.
The Resurrection Story
So where exactly can we find this incredible account? The resurrection story can be found in all four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
In Matthew’s Gospel, we read about how Mary Magdalene and another Mary went to visit Jesus’ tomb on the third day after his death. They were greeted by an angel who told them that Jesus had risen from the dead and instructed them to go tell his disciples.
- “There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it” (Matthew 28:2).
- “The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here; for He has risen'” (Matthew 28:5-6).
- “So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell His disciples” (Matthew 28:8).
Mark’s Gospel recounts a similar story, where Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome go to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body. When they arrive, they find that the stone has already been rolled away and an angel is waiting for them.
- “And he said to them, ‘Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here'” (Mark 16:6).
- “Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone because they were afraid” (Mark 16:8).
Luke’s Gospel tells a similar story yet again. This time it is Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and some other women who go to the tomb.
- “But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared” (Luke 24:1).
- “And it happened that while they were perplexed about this [the missing body], behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing; and as [the women] were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, [the men] said to them.. ‘Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here but He has risen'” (Luke 24:4-6).
- “And returning from the tomb.they reported all these things to the eleven apostles and to all the rest” (Luke 24:9).
Finally, in John’s Gospel, we read about how Mary Magdalene goes to the tomb alone and finds that the stone has been moved. She runs to tell Peter and another disciple, who then come to see for themselves.
- “So [Mary] 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'” (John 20:2).
- “The other disciple therefore also entered, and he saw and believed” (John 20:8).
- “[Mary] turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus.Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, ‘Rabboni!’ (which means Teacher)” (John 20:14-16).
The Significance of the Resurrection
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is not just a story – it is a historical event that has had a profound impact on millions of people around the world. It represents hope for eternal life and forgiveness of sins for those who believe in him.
As Christians celebrate Easter each year, they are reminded of this incredible story – one that has been passed down through generations for over two thousand years.
In conclusion, the story of Jesus’ resurrection is found in all four Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These accounts provide us with a powerful reminder of the hope that we have in Christ. As we reflect on this incredible event each year at Easter time, may we be filled with gratitude for what God has done for us through his Son.