Who Was At Jesus Tomb

How Many Women Visited the Tomb of Jesus?

Numerous articles on ColdCaseChristianity.com examine themes and passages that are frequently cited as examples of “contradictions” between the Gospel stories. In the account of the women who discovered Jesus’ empty tomb, one such apparent inconsistency appears to have been introduced by mistake. How many women paid their respects at the tomb? Is it one, two, or three? Three? It appears to be dependent on which Gospel you are reading. Is it possible that the Gospel authors were misinformed about this topic or that they made up the account entirely?

Later in the day, when it was beginning to light on what would be Monday morning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see Jesus’ body in the tomb.

And his look was as flashy as lightning, and his attire was as white as snow, as was his apparel.

I know you are seeking for Jesus who has been crucified, so please don’t be scared,” the angel assured the ladies.

  1. Come and take a look at the spot where He was resting.
  2. And, lo and behold, Jesus appeared and greeted them.
  3. Then Jesus answered to them, “Do not be frightened; go and tell My brethren to depart for Galilee, and they will see Me there.” “Do not be terrified,” Jesus continued.
  4. They arrived at the tomb very early in the morning on the first day of the week, before the sun had even risen.
  5. When they looked up, they noticed that the stone had been rolled away, despite the fact that it was incredibly enormous.
  6. “Do not be amazed,” he told them, “because you are searching for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified.” He has risen; He is no longer present; look, here is the spot where they lay Him to rest.
  7. Having awakened early on the first day of the week, He appeared to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had previously driven out seven devils, as His first appearance.

Luke 23:27 (KJV) And behind Him was a big multitude of people, as well as a considerable number of women, who were crying and lamenting His death.

And all of His acquaintances, as well as the ladies who had followed Him from Galilee, were standing at a distance, taking note of what was going on around them.

After that, they returned and began preparing spices and fragrances.

They discovered that the stone had been moved aside from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus on the other side.

He is not present, yet He has risen from the dead.

They were now Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, as well as the other women who were present, who were informing the apostles of these events.

As Sosheran and the other disciple, whom Jesus adored, approached Simon Peter and the other disciple, he said that “they have taken the Lord out of the tomb and we do not know where they have put Him.” As a result, Peter and the other disciple set off, with the intention of going to the tomb.

Matthew specifically refers to two ladies by name.

Luke mentions at least three by name, but he goes on to detail a number of others.

Understandable why some doubters refer to these sections in an attempt to invalidate the tales’ credibility.

Before we go into any depth about the passages, allow me to briefly review some of the concepts I use to determine if eyewitness evidence is trustworthy.

In fact, in all of my years as a homicide investigator, I’ve never seen an eyewitness who was fully reliable.

However, eyewitness reliability is not based on perfection, but rather on the use of a four-part pattern to determine its validity.

However, beyond these broad generalizations, there is much that can be stated about the specific differences in portrayals of the ladies at Jesus’ tomb.

There are certain elements that are more crucial than others in every witness observation, and some characteristics of the event that stand out more than others in the minds of the observers.

The ladies who cared for Jesus throughout his ministry were so moved by His death that they continued to care for his corpse after his death.

It’s hardly unexpected that the women disciples of Jesus would be attentive and compassionate enough to want to do something like this for their community.

This claim has been emphasized by a number of Christian Case Makers because of its significance.

Considering that this is a late fictitious narrative, it is reasonable to ask why the authors did not cast Nicodemus or Joseph of Arimathia in the position of Nicodemus.

Women, on the other hand, are described as the first eyewitnesses by the writers.

Women were not described in this report in order to make the tale more persuasive (in fact, they served to undermine it), but rather because they happened to be the authentic first witnesses.

I’m not just talking about geographical or geographically situated viewpoints here; I’m also talking about the personal worldview, background, and experience that each witness takes to the crime scene with them.

In this specific instance, John’s account of the ladies is the most conspicuous departure from the general depiction of the women.

He does, however, inform us that Mary was not alone in this endeavor.

“They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb,” Mary later says.

Here, the problem is not that each author recounts a different number of ladies, but rather that each author decides to identify distinct women by their first and last name.

All of this comes down to the intent and personality of each reporter, and as investigators, we may never be able to pinpoint the exact reason for the occurrence of deviations of this sort.

The first male eyewitnesses to the empty tomb appear to be the primary focus of John’s attention.

Women have a minor part in John’s story as a result of this development.

The fact that there were other ladies participating (as evidenced by Mary’s use of the plural pronoun, “we”) does not detract from the fact that John did not take the time to characterize them.

His own lineage is subsequently reinforced by the statement “This is the disciple who is witnessing to these things and has written about them, and we know that his testimony is accurate” (John 21:24).

It is unresolvable discrepancies rather than complimenting nuances that bother me when comparing two eyewitness statements.

Taking into consideration the number of women who were present at the tomb of Jesus, it is possible that all four accounts are accurate representations of what actually occurred if the group of women included the following women: Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary the mother of James (and Joseph), Salome, and Joanna.

  • All of the writers refer to a group, and some of the authors identify individual members of this group based on their own personal perspectives, intentions, and target audiences.
  • I make it a point when I am dispatched to an investigation as a detective to urge that any eyewitnesses be separated before I arrive on the site.
  • It is possible that witnesses will attempt to reconcile any variations before I arrive.
  • What I want instead are the complicated, often confused, and sometimes contradicting stories provided by every group of witnesses in a case like this one.
  • Because their individual reports still differ from one another in this situation, I generally have even greater faith in the credibility of their accounts.
  • The Gospel authors (as well as the early Church) undoubtedly had the chance to alter the descriptions of the ladies in order to ensure that they matched, but they chose not to do so.
  • It demonstrates the level of variation that I would have expected to see if they were accurate and reliable eyewitness descriptions.

This has never bothered me as an investigator, and it has never prevented me from conducting an investigation.

When it comes to the number and identity of the women who came to the tomb of Jesus, the four gospel narratives show the same variety that I’ve observed in my professional work over the years.

Five is the most likely number.

You may put your faith on the veracity of the eyewitness Gospels of the New Testament.

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Who Were the Women at the Empty Tomb?

Palm Sunday, which marks the beginning of Holy Week, falls on this Sunday. In our book, The Last Days of Jesus, we discuss My co-author, Andreas Köstenberger, and I are attempting to give some assistance in understanding the identity and function of Jesus’ female followers, particularly in relation to their discovery of the empty tomb and their firsthand testimony to the resurrection of Christ. When attempting to synchronize the acts of the ladies throughout the four narratives, there are a lot of aspects in their narrative that might be confusing.

  • It can even be difficult to decipher the complexities of Greek language.
  • A.
  • “his mother and mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene” The following are the words of B.
  • In the case of Option B, the reference is most likely to Joseph.
  • Despite the fact that we do not claim to provide definitive solutions in our book, I thought it could be beneficial for those who are preaching or thinking about this subject to highlight the relevant items in our reference guide, which is included at the conclusion of the text.
  • Joanna is number one (wife of Chuza) She was one of the first women to find the empty tomb (Luke 24:10), and she was the wife of Chuza, who served as King Herod Antipas’s home manager or steward (Luke 8:3).
  • 2.
  • She was liberated from seven devils by the power of Jesus (Luke 8:2; Mark 16:9).
  • 27:57), that she was a witness to the crucifixion and burial (Matt.
  • She was the first person to see Jesus alive (Mark 16:9) and she immediately informed the other disciples of his resurrection (Luke 24:10; John 20:18).
  • From the cross, Jesus transferred his widowed mother to John’s care, and she moved in with him to dwell in his house (John 19:25-27)—possibly because Mary’s other sons had not yet come to faith (John 7:5; see also Matt.

13:57; Mark 3:21, 31; 6:4). The following were the names of Mary’s other sons (Matt. 13:55; Mark 6:2-3; Acts 1:14; 1 Cor. 9:4-5; Gal. 1:19):

  • James (author of the biblical book of James)
  • Joseph/Joses
  • Simon
  • Judas/Jude (author of the biblical book of Jude)
  • Joseph/Joses (author of the biblical book of James)
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She also had at least two daughters, according to the records (Mark 6:3). 2. James’ mother, Mary (also known as Joses/mother). Joseph’s A witness to the appearances of Jesus after his crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. Their names were James the Younger (therefore implying that her husband’s name was James) and Joses/Joseph, and she had two boys. See Matthew 27:61, 27:56, and Mark 15:40, 47 for examples. A similarity in first-century Galilee may be seen in that two Marys in the narrative had boys with the same names (James and Joseph/Joses), demonstrating the prevalence of particular names in that time period.

  • Mary, number five (wife of Clopas) Although she is not specifically mentioned in John 19:25, she may be considered Jesus’ “mother’s sister” (John 19:25)—though see the discussion under Salome below for more information.
  • Eccl.
  • If this is the case, Mary and Clopas were Jesus’ aunt and uncle, respectively.
  • Salome is number six on the list (mother of James and John) She was one of Jesus’ female disciples in Galilee, and she was there during the crucifixion and went to the tomb on the following Monday (Mark 15:40; 16:1).

The Tomb of Jesus on Resurrection Morning

1And after the sabbath had passed, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went out and bought spices so that they may come and anoint him. 2And they arrive to the tomb very early in the morning on the first day of the week, before the sun has even risen. Moreover, they were discussing among themselves who would be responsible for rolling away the stone from the tomb’s entrance. 4When they glance up, they notice that the stone has been rolled back, because it was quite large. After entering the tomb, they noticed a young guy seated on the right side, wearing a white robe, and they were astounded by his appearance.

Behold, the place where they laid him!” 7But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you into Galilee, and that there you will see him, just as he promised you.

They rushed from the tomb, terrified and amazed, and they said nothing to anybody because they were too scared to say anything.

10She went to them and informed them that she had been with him, as they sobbed and lamented.

11And when they learned that he was still alive and had been seen with her, they were shocked and disbelieved. 12And following these things, Jesus appeared to two of them in a different shape as they went through the countryside on their way into the country.

Gospel of Matthew28

One evening on the sabbath, as it started to dawn toward the beginning of the following week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to view the tomb. Then there was a huge earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came, rolled aside the stone, and sat down on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his raiment was as white as snow: 4and the onlookers trembled in horror of him, and they were as lifeless as dead men. “Fear not, ye ladies; for I know that you seek Jesus, who has been crucified,” the angel stated in response to their question.

Come and visit the location where the Lord was buried.

8And they hurried away from the tomb, terrified and filled with great gladness, and hastened to tell his disciples what had happened.

When they are afraid, Jesus says to them, “Do not be afraid; go tell my brethren that they are going into Galilee, and there they will see me.”

Gospel of Luke24

One evening on the sabbath, as it started to dawn near the beginning of the next week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to view the sepulchre. : As a result of this, there was a big earthquake, and an angel of the Lord descended from heaven. He came and rolled aside the stone, and he sat on it. He had a lightning-like aspect, and his raiment was as white as snow; 4and the observers trembled in terror of him, and they died as if they had been struck by lightning. “Fear not, ye ladies; for I know that you seek Jesus, who has been crucified,” the angel said.

Take a look around and discover where the Lord was laid to rest.

8And they rushed away from the tomb, terrified and filled with great gladness, to inform his followers of what had happened.

“Do not be afraid,” Jesus assures them, “inform my brothers that they are going into Galilee, and there they will see me.”

Gospel of John20

1Now, on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene arrives at the tomb early in the morning, when it is still dark, and witnesses the stone being removed from the tomb. 2As a result, she flees and arrives at the tomb, where she confronts Simon Peter and the other disciple whom Jesus adored, telling them that they have carried the Lord away from the tomb and that they do not know where they have buried him. 3. Peter and the other disciple then stepped out into the street and began walking toward the tomb.

  1. 6As a result, Simon Peter comes after him and enters the tomb, where he sees the linen cloths laying and the napkin, which had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a separate position from the linen cloths.
  2. 9Because they were unaware of the scripture’s prophecy that he would rise from the grave.
  3. 9At the same time, Mary was standing outside the tomb, sobbing; while she sobbed, she knelt and peered inside the tomb; 12and she sees two angels in white seated, one at the head and one at the foot of the tomb, where the body of Jesus had laid.
  4. 14After she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, completely unaware that it was Jesus who had appeared.
  5. Who is it that you are looking for?
  6. She turns to face him and addresses him in Hebrew as Rabboni, which translates as Teacher.
  7. 18 Mary Magdalene appears and informs the disciples that she has had a vision of the Lord and that he has spoken these things unto her.

Is it still dark (in the case of John), or has dawn broken (in the case of Mark and Matthew)?

Is Mary Magdalene all by herself (John)?

Are you talking about Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome (Mark)?

What do you notice when you first arrive?

Are they men (in the case of Luke), or one young man (in the case of Matthew), or an angel (in the case of Mark), or two angels (in the case of John)?

Mark makes it quite clear that Peter was not there at the grave.

Matthew did not have Peter or the disciples come to the tomb at all, according to the Gospel of Matthew.

After spending time in the tomb, Peter returns home rather than returning to the disciples.

They then return to their respective residences. Nevertheless, Mary is still present, and she witnesses the appearance of two angels, followed by the appearance of Jesus, whom she does not know, and she engages in conversation with him.

The Women at Jesus’ Tomb

A group of women accompanied Jesus from the beginning of His ministry in Galilee to the end of His life. They were steadfast in their support of Jesus, using their own resources (Luke 8:2-3). In addition to witnessing the worst event in human history—Jesus’ horrible death—they also witnessed the defection of His terrified followers. They also observed Jesus’ ascension into heaven. Each of the four Gospels has a description of their encounter at the tomb. Among the bold and devoted women were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna, Mary the mother of James, Salome, and “other women” who went unnamed in the story.

Their Story

It was because of their faithfulness that— Luke 23:54-56 The disciples had abandoned Jesus, but these ladies remained at his side until the conclusion of the trial and execution. They came to a guy who was wrapping Jesus’ body. They then kept a safe distance between themselves and this man in order to view where Jesus was buried. It was already late, so they returned home to prepare spices for a suitable burial the following morning. Matthew 28:1–2 describes their subsequent actions. These women got up before the sun came up and proceeded to the tomb by themselves.

  • They entered the tomb but discovered that it was empty (Luke 24:3).
  • Matthew 28:5-6 describes their revelation.
  • “He is not here,” the angel explained, “because He has risen from the dead.
  • 6).
  • Their reaction is seen in Matthew 28:8.
  • Despite their “apprehension,” they “told all of these things to the eleven and to the rest of the team” (Luke 24:5, 9).
  • But Mary Magdalene, who had returned to the tomb after the disciples had departed, was sobbing when Jesus came to her (John 20:11-18).
  • Their prize is seen in Matthew 28:9-10.
  • They knelt at His feet and prostrated themselves before Him in reverence.
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Straight to Your Heart

It is not optional to be trustworthy. For several months, a group of women gave their support to Jesus’ work. In terms of resources, they were faithful, steady at the cross, and prepared to complete their ultimate act of service at the tomb. In the face of adversity, these women did not let it prevent them from ministering to their Savior. Actions always take precedence over good intentions. The women didn’t only declare their devotion to Christ; they acted on it. They remained while others had fled the scene.

  1. Having excellent intentions is simple, but intentions do not always translate into action.
  2. Be a woman of action, like the ladies who came to Jesus’ tomb, and volunteer your time and resources to help others.
  3. Assist me in turning to You for strength and in discovering Your purpose in my work.
  4. Amen.

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REFLECT Compare your loyalty against theirs and see how you fare. “It is necessary in stewards that one be deemed trustworthy” (1 Cor. 4:2). Read Matthew 28:1-10 and Luke 23:55-24:12 for more information. REMEMBER Actions always take precedence over good intentions.

1 Response

The date is January 27, 2022. In regards to the Word of life, Luke 10:25-28 states that on one occasion a legal expert came up to challenge Jesus’ authority. “Teacher, what do I have to do in order to obtain eternal life?” he inquired. “Can you tell me what is written in the Law?” he inquired. “Can you tell me how you read it?” Then he said, “‘Love the Lord your God’ with all your heart and soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’.” “You have provided an accurate response,” Jesus said.

  1. “With the exception of God, no one is good.” You’re familiar with the Ten Commandments, which state, “Do not commit adultery, do not kill, do not steal, do not give false testimony, and honor your father and mother.” “I’ve had all of these since I was a young lad,” he explained.
  2. Then come on over here and follow me.” When he realized what had happened, he got depressed, because he was a man of considerable means.
  3. According to Jesus, “it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” The following is found in Matthew 5:43-48: “As you’ve probably heard, the adage “love your friend and hate your enemy” is true.
  4. He causes his sun to rise on both the bad and the good, and he pours rain on both the righteous and the unjust, according to his will.
  5. Not even the tax collectors appear to be engaging in this practice.
  6. Isn’t it something even pagans do?
  7. The Law was handed to the Jewish people and their predecessors in the Old Testament, and they were expected to follow it.
  8. Then Cain, their son, was advised that he should not murder anybody else.
  9. Up to the time of Moses, the Israelites were under the authority of the Law of the Old Testament.
  10. Even though we are aware that stealing and delivering false testimony are evil, the selfish and proud spirits that reside inside us urge us to engage in sinful behavior.

Sections 31-33 of Jeremiah 31 state that “the time has come,” asserts God, “for me to create a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.” According to the Lord, “It will not be like the covenant I established with their predecessors when I took them by the hand and led them out of Egypt since they breached my agreement, despite the fact that I was their spouse.” This is the covenant I will establish with the house of Israel after that time, according to God, who also states, “I will instill my rule in their brains and write it on their hearts, and they will obey it.

  • It is I who shall be their God, and they are to be my people.
  • The Lord will give you a new heart and instill a new spirit within you; he will take your heart of stone and replace it with a heart of flesh in you.
  • When Jesus begins to teach love, the predictions are brought to fruition.
  • Love is superior to the Law, and if people are filled with love, they are exempt from the law of sin and death, as stated in the Bible.
  • The Law is intended for those who break the law.
  • Love, on the other hand, is the grace we get.

According to Romans 13:8-10, “Let no obligation remain outstanding, but the continual debt of love for one another,” since “he who loves his neighbor has completed the law of God.” It is this one rule that sums up all of the commandments, whether they are “Do not commit adultery” or “Do not kill,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” or whatever other commandment there may be.

So love fulfills the law in its most fundamental sense.

Yet, according to John 4:23-24, “a time is coming, and it has already come, when sincere worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, because they are the sort of worshipers the Father desires.” God is spirit, and those who worship him must do so in spirit and in truth, according to the Bible.”

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In addition to being popular writers and national speakers, Jim and Elizabeth George are devoted to assisting others in living a life after God’s own heart. They have published over 150 novels together, with more than 14 million copies of their works having been sold throughout the world. For more than three decades, the lessons and unwavering example of Elizabeth and Jim have benefited numerous men and women, including:

  • Focusing on God’s priorities might help you simplify your life. Respect for God’s Word and willingness to apply it to real-life situations
  • Seeing oneself through God’s loving eyes will help you respond confidently to every situation that comes your way. Serving and honoring one another can help to strengthen the bond of a marriage. Children and teens’ hearts are being shaped in powerful ways. Enjoy a deeper level of connection with God

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Why Were Women at the Tomb the Ones Who Found it Empty

What was the identity of the women that were there at Jesus’ tomb? The women who went to the tomb and saw it empty were among the first to arrive. I didn’t get much sleep the night after my father passed away. My thoughts were flying through my brain. Memories of my father’s life were replayed in my head like old movies, which I found comforting. I pondered and fretted about what my life would be like if he were no longer there. I relived the moment he breathed his last breath a million times in my head.

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My father was in his seventies at the time of his death and had experienced a number of minor strokes before to the fatal one that ended his life.

On the Sunday following the Crucifixion of Christ, the ladies who went to the tomb and discovered it empty were likely to have had a restless night as a result of their discovery.

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The Women at the Tomb Found It Empty

They were out of bed and on their way to the tomb before the sun came up. (Matthew 28:1; Mark 12:1) Perhaps they hadn’t gotten any sleep at all. Perhaps one of them suggested, after the hundredth cup of coffee, “Since we’re not going to sleep, let’s just get on with it and finish what has to be done.”

Who Were the Women at the Tomb of Jesus?

Who were the ladies who were present at the tomb when Jesus died and resurrected from the dead? Women who went to the tomb and discovered it empty were Mary (Jesus’ mother) and Mary Magdalene (who had previously worked as a prostitute before meeting Jesus). Additionally, there were at least two other ladies in the group. They were a group of females on a mission. Along with whatever else was needed to prepare Jesus’ body for burial, they brought spices (presumably to disguise the stink of a decaying body) and other essentials.

It weighed in at more over 1000 pounds.

Although these women were physically capable of moving a stone that large, they were unable to do it due to physical limitations.

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the Women at The Tomb Saw Victory

It is recorded in the Bible that a strong earthquake occurred shortly before the ladies made their way to Jesus’ tomb. At early light on the first day of the week, after having returned from the Sabbath, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to the tomb to have a look. An earthquake occurred because an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and, on his way to the tomb, rolled aside the stone and sat on it, causing the earthquake. 3 His look was as flashy as lightning, and his clothing were as white as the snow on the ground.

Matthew 28:1-4 (New International Version) The angel rolled the stone away and sat on it for a while to rest.

The angel did not move the stone to allow Jesus to pass through. He didn’t have to do anything. The resurrected body of Jesus was able to pass through solid objects. The angel removed the stone from the grave, ensuring that whoever arrived at the site would find it empty. Victory!

What The Women at the Tomb Saw and Heard

When the ladies approached, the angel answered, “Do not be frightened, for I know that you are searching for Jesus, who has been crucified.”6 He is not present; he has ascended to the heavens, exactly as he stated. Come and have a look at the spot where he was buried. Matthew28:5-6 NIVI’m not sure if the angel was saying “I told you so,” but it does seem like he was saying that. Whenever he says, “Just as He said.”, it appears to be an indirect swipe at the female audience. After all, Jesus had foretold of His impending death on several occasions.

  • I’ve had my doubts about the Lord a number of times.
  • On the other side of each uncertainty, God has replied to me, “You see, I’ve done precisely what I said I would do,” or “I’ve been exactly who I said I would be,” or some variation thereof.
  • We may put our faith in God.
  • When the women arrived at the tomb and saw that it had been empty, the angel revealed the truth about what had occurred.
  • (See Matthew 28:7 for further information.) When we hear and comprehend the truth of the gospel, the next step is to go and tell others about it.
  • After all, why wouldn’t we be eager to communicate the most incredible news the world has ever heard?
  • The guys had all turned their backs on Jesus.
  • The ladies at the tomb, on the other hand, had faith and were loyal!

Why Were Women The First at the Tomb And Found It Empty?

How lovely and like Jesus to chose women to be among the first to see the wonder of the Resurrection. Perhaps God wanted to make it obvious that, despite the fact that society regarded them as second-class citizens, God did not. If males were the ones who went to the tomb and discovered it empty, it’s possible that they would be more likely to stand about and try to make sense of what had happened. Women, on the other hand, might phone, text, or post it on social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter.

  • In order for the ladies visiting the tomb to understand that Jesus had been crucified, the angel made sure they were aware of it.
  • In other words, Jesus was raised from the dead.
  • Lazarus was brought back to life.
  • The same was true with the widow Elijah’s son, who was brought back to life.

And their bodies gradually succumbed to the elements once more. Jesus was raised from the dead. That implies He was given a new body that was created to last for forever. We’ll have one of those as well when we’re brought back to life.

The Empty Tomb Brought Fear And Great Joy

When the women at the tomb left, they did so with a mixture of trepidation and immense excitement. (Matthew 28:8; Mark 12:8) What does it feel like to be in the midst of enormous dread and great joy? I’m a highly lively person. When I’m enthusiastic, I clap my hands and make a lot of noise. So no one was more astonished than I was when I discovered that I was going to be a grandma for the first time. I’d always thought that hearing the news would cause me to jump up and down and shout with delight in my head.

  1. There were simply no words to adequately express my delight.
  2. I couldn’t say anything since I was completely dumbfounded.
  3. Surely, the news was too overwhelming to attempt to convey at that point.
  4. Peter and John were the disciples who went to the tomb and discovered it to be empty when they arrived.
  5. He didn’t enter the building immediately away.
  6. After all, the scriptures claim that the disciples were unaware that Jesus would rise from the dead at the time of his death.
  7. When Peter arrived to the tomb, he was full of faith.

The Women at the Tomb Observed A Life-World-Changing Moment

Following the return of the disciples to their homes, Mary Magdalene remained outside the tomb, her tears streaming down her face. Two angels appeared to Mary and inquired as to why she was sobbing, according to the story of the empty tomb in the Gospel of John. Or, to put it another way, “Why aren’t you jubilant?” When humans encounter angels, they are usually startled and silent, according to the biblical texts. Mary, on the other hand, was not. My mother was temporarily immobilized by grief immediately following my father’s death in a car accident.

  1. This time she didn’t develop a cold as she usually did.
  2. In the midst of her anguish, the activities that ordinarily occupied her time received little attention.
  3. Even the horror of witnessing an angel passed her by without a second thought.
  4. Then she recognized her own voice.
  5. I recall attempting to wake myself awake but failing miserably because I couldn’t bring myself to open my eyes.
  6. “Cindy,” my husband’s voice whispered as I felt a hand resting on my shoulder.
  7. I couldn’t see him since I couldn’t open my eyes, but I could hear him and knew I was in excellent hands.
  8. There was no logic to anything.
  9. The only thing she knew was that Jesus was no longer alive, and she was overcome with crushing anguish because of it.

She had a feeling it was Him. She had an encounter with the Lord! She couldn’t wait to tell her friends and family about it. Women had a significant part in the history of biblical civilization. More information about them may be found in ourWomen of the Bibleseries!

The Good News is the Empty Tomb

After going to the tomb and seeing it empty, the women were not thinking about the Resurrection at the time. The disciples weren’t any better. The Bible makes it plain that they were unaware that Jesus would rise from the dead and triumphantly defeat sin and hell on the third day. As things were unfolding in front of them, they were unable to fathom that men’s souls would be saved and granted eternal life as a result of the events that were taking place. All they knew at that moment was that Jesus was no longer alive.

Because they were yearning to have Him back in their lives.

The Resurrection of Jesus Christis more than simply a beautiful Easter narrative.

It is a proven truth.

In addition, the good news of Easter is the same good news that made the women and disciples who went to the tomb and saw it empty deliriously delighted when they returned.


Jesus is alive in us at all times, at every single instant of every single day.

Because the news about Jesus was so amazing, a small group of women and disciples were able to flip the entire world upside down because they could not keep it to themselves.

Is He still alive and well in you?

Make sure you read the following as well:

  • Covered by the blood of Jesus
  • The spiritual significance of Easter
  • The best Easter Bible studies and devotions
  • Covered by the blood of Jesus

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