Earlier this month, we celebrated the resurrection of our savior, Jesus Christ (actually, we celebrate His resurrection everyday, since He is our life!). As I reflected on Christ’s resurrection from the dead and the accounts left to us by the four gospel writers, a few questions entered my mind. Was there just one woman (Mary Magdalene) or several women who went to the tomb? Did they see one angel or two angels? Was (Were) the angel(s) inside or outside of the tomb? Why was Mary Magdalene not allowed to touch Jesus but the other women did touch Him?
Have you had similar questions?
We should remember that several people can witness the same event from different perspectives. I believe that the sources for the gospel writers provided their own perspectives of the same event. Even one writer, John, was himself a witness of the empty tomb and resurrected Christ.
Below is a chart that I created to sort out and harmonize these four accounts. The four columns organize the respective Scripture verses about the resurrection according to each gospel writer. Similar sections of Scripture are color-coded to show what seem to be very similar accounts of the same event. At the bottom of the last page, the color-coded sections are summarized to give a sequential understanding of the events of Christ’s resurrection. In conclusion, I believe that the gospel writers present an orderly account of the resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ, albeit from different first and second-hand perspectives.
So, what are your thoughts? Do you agree with this orderly representation of the gospel accounts of the resurrection of Christ?
I hope that by seeing the orderly account of the Lord’s resurrection, your faith in Him and in the surety of His Word will be strengthened.
P.S.: Here is the chart – Resurrection Harmony