Following Jesus’ crucifixion His body was taken by two disciples (Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus) to a nearby tomb where Jesus was buried (John 19:38-40). After a large stone was rolled against the doorway of the tomb, two women remained, “And Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the tomb.” (Matthew 27:61, NKJV) Sunday sometime around 5:00 a.m., as it was “still dark” (John 20:1), Mary Magdalene along with several other women made their way to the tomb only to discover the stone rolled away and the tomb empty. (Matthew 28:1, John 20:1-2)
Mary Magdalene was the last person to leave the tomb the night of Jesus’ crucifixion and first person to encounter Jesus after His resurrection. (John 20:16-18) What insights do the following Scriptures provide as to the relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene? Why is it significant that He appeared to her first?
Matthew 27:56-61; 28:1--
Mark 15:40-47; 16:1-19--
John 19:25; 20:1-18--
Over the next forty days Jesus appeared to hundreds of His disciples offering “many convincing proofs” of His resurrection. (Acts 1:3) How did these eyewitness accounts form the foundation for the Christian message?
1 Corinthians 15:1-11--