The resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the most significant events in Christianity. It marks the triumph of life over death and the fulfillment of God’s promise to humanity.
While many Christians know about the resurrection, not everyone knows who witnessed it and how they responded. In this article, we will explore who were the first witnesses to Jesus’ resurrection and how they reacted.
The First Witnesses
According to the Bible, Mary Magdalene, Mary (the mother of James), and Salome were among the first people to visit Jesus’ tomb after his crucifixion. They went there early in the morning on the third day, intending to anoint Jesus’ body with spices.
Mary Magdalene was a devoted follower of Jesus and was present at his crucifixion. When she arrived at the tomb, she found that the stone had been rolled away from its entrance. She immediately ran to Peter and John, two of Jesus’ disciples, to inform them about what had happened.
“They have taken the Lord out of the tomb,” Mary said solemnly. “And we don’t know where they have put him.”
After Peter and John verified Mary’s claims by visiting the empty tomb themselves, they left her behind grieving outside.
Mary (the mother of James)
The second Mary mentioned in this story was also present at Jesus’ crucifixion but wasn’t as well-known as Mary Magdalene. There isn’t much information available about her response to finding an empty tomb.
Salome is another lesser-known character in this story. There is no record of her reaction in response to finding an empty tomb.
After visiting Jesus’ empty tomb, Peter and John returned home baffled by what they had seen. Later that day, Jesus appeared before a group of ten disciples (Judas Iscariot had already betrayed him, and Thomas was absent).
“Peace be with you,” Jesus said as he entered the room.
The disciples were understandably startled and thought they were seeing a ghost. But Jesus reassured them that he was alive and even showed them his wounds to prove it.
“Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? “ He asked them. “Look at my hands and my feet.
It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have. “
The disciples were overjoyed to see Jesus alive again, but they couldn’t believe it at first. It took some time for them to come to terms with the fact that their Lord had indeed risen from the dead.
The Women’s Reaction
Mary Magdalene, Mary (the mother of James), and Salome were all visibly shaken by what they saw at the tomb. They didn’t know what to make of the empty tomb or what had happened to Jesus’ body.
However, Mary Magdalene’s response is worth highlighting separately because she was so emotional in her grief. After Peter and John left her behind grieving outside of the tomb, she looked inside again and saw two angels sitting where Jesus’ body had been lying.
“Woman, why are you crying?” One of the angels asked her.
“They have taken my Lord away,” she replied sorrowfully. “And I don’t know where they have put him.”
Then she turned around and saw Jesus standing there but didn’t recognize him until he spoke to her.
“Woman,” he said gently. “Why are you crying?
Who is it you are looking for? “
Thinking that he was the gardener, she begged him to tell her where Jesus’ body had been taken. But then he said her name and she realized that she was talking to Jesus himself.
“Rabboni!” She exclaimed, which means “Teacher” in Hebrew.
Mary Magdalene’s reaction to seeing Jesus alive again was one of shock and amazement. She went back to the disciples and told them what had happened, becoming the first person to bear witness to Jesus’ resurrection.
In conclusion, the first witnesses to Jesus’ resurrection were Mary Magdalene, Mary (the mother of James), and Salome. They were all shocked and confused by what they saw at the tomb but eventually came around to believing that Jesus had indeed risen from the dead.
The disciples also struggled with disbelief at first but eventually came around after seeing Jesus for themselves. The reactions of all these witnesses illustrate just how extraordinary this event was and how difficult it was for people to comprehend what had happened. Nevertheless, their testimonies have been passed down through the generations as a testament to the truth of Christ’s resurrection.