Christ is risen! Now what? discussion

Week 1 : April 23-29 > Appearance to Mary Magdelene

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message 1: by Rick (last edited Apr 23, 2018 02:00PM) (new)

Rick Mills (rickmills9) | 35 comments Mod
Reading assignment for this week: Matthew 28: 1-10 and Luke 24: 1-8. (The appearance is also mentioned briefly in Mark 16: 9-11, but earliest versions of Mark do not have that portion).

Mary Magdalene and the other Mary (the wife of Clopas) go to the tomb at dawn, for the purpose of anointing the body of Jesus. They find the stone rolled away from the entrance of the tomb. This must have been alarming, for they had personally witnessed the stone set into place - see Matthew 27:60-61. While they are wondering about the meaning of this unexpected occurrence, there is suddenly an appearance to them: Matthew speaks of one angel, Mark of one young man in white, Luke speaks of two men.

Consider that three writers record this event with different details. Is this a contradiction, or evidence of three independent accounts? Are the details important? What is the message to us?

message 2: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Mills | 15 comments I had never considered how the three accounts differ-very interesting! I know different observers of the same event can see things very differently-what one notices, another may not-and if an observer is focusing too much on one detail, he or she may miss something else. Perhaps as the account was shared orally, variations and changes started to appear. Irregardless, the details are not what we should focus on-we don't want to miss the message: that Jesus rose from the dead, as He had foretold.

message 3: by Rick (new)

Rick Mills (rickmills9) | 35 comments Mod
Consider that little discrepancies between accounts tend to add to its credibility. That is evidence that the event was witnessed by different people. If accounts matched exactly, that would tend to indicate that one person was a witness, and the others simply copied their account.

message 4: by Lorie (new)

Lorie Tweedy | 19 comments I wonder if Mary M and Mary may have been first to the tomb and the other group of women came after. So they all witnessed the empty tomb but in different ways at different points as the story of
of Christ's resurrection unfolds. More witnesses to share/corroborate as many would doubt at first. As you said Rick, more accounts to add credibility to what many would doubt could be true. When you really delve into this, you can more fully wonder at the intrigue and gamut of emotions those present must have experienced. And especially what they must have been feeling as they realized Jesus had, as you say Kathy, fulfilled what He foretold.

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