The resurrection of Jesus Christ is a crucial event in the Christian faith. It is the cornerstone of Christianity and marks the triumph of good over evil. The accounts of Christ’s resurrection are recorded in all four gospels, but which gospel narrates the resurrection of Jesus?
The Four Gospels
The New Testament comprises four gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These gospels narrate the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Each gospel was written by a different author and from a unique perspective.
The Gospel of Matthew
Matthew’s gospel was written by an apostle who was an eyewitness to the events he describes. Matthew’s account of the resurrection begins with Mary Magdalene and another Mary visiting the tomb on the first day of the week after Jesus’ crucifixion (Matthew 28:1).
They encounter an angel who tells them that Jesus has risen from the dead (Matthew 28:5-7). The women then meet Jesus himself on their way back from the tomb (Matthew 28:9-10).
The Gospel of Mark
Mark’s gospel is believed to have been based on Peter’s recollections. Mark’s account also begins with Mary Magdalene and two other women visiting the tomb early on Sunday morning (Mark16:1).
They encounter a young man dressed in white who tells them that Jesus has risen from the dead (Mark 16:5-7). Mark mentions briefly that Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene before ending his account (Mark 16:9).
The Gospel of Luke
Luke was not an eyewitness to these events but gathered information from others who were. In Luke’s account, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary went to visit Jesus’ tomb early on Sunday morning (Luke 24:1-3).
They found the stone rolled away and the tomb empty. Two men in dazzling clothes appeared to them and told them that Jesus had risen from the dead (Luke 24:4-7). Later that day, Jesus appeared to two disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35).
The Gospel of John
John’s gospel was written by an eyewitness to these events. John’s account of the resurrection begins with Mary Magdalene visiting the tomb early on Sunday morning and finding it empty (John 20:1-2).
She runs to tell Peter and John, who come to investigate. They find the tomb empty as well but do not see Jesus. Mary Magdalene stays behind and encounters Jesus, who tells her not to cling to him because he has not yet ascended to heaven (John 20:11-18).
All four gospels narrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, but each offers a unique perspective on this event. Matthew emphasizes the angel’s message, Mark briefly mentions Jesus’ appearance, Luke focuses on Jesus’ appearances throughout the day, while John highlights Mary Magdalene’s encounter with Jesus. Regardless of which gospel one reads, the message is clear – Christ has risen from the dead!