Scripture: Matthew 28:1-7; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-9; Mark 16:9-11; John 20:10-18

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Jesus Rises From The Dead

Matthew 28:1-7 (KJV) In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.  And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.  His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. 5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 6 He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.  And go quickly, and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead; and, behold, He goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see Him: lo, I have told you.

Mark 16:1-8 (KJV) And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint Jesus.  And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.  And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?  And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.  And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.  And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: He is risen; He is not here: behold the place where they laid Him.  But go your way, tell His disciples and Peter that He goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see Him, as He said unto you.  And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid.

Luke 24:1-12 (KJV) Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.  And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.  And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.  And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?  He is not here, but is risen: remember how He spake unto you when He was yet in Galilee,  Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.  And they remembered His words, And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.  10 It was Mary Magdalene and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.  11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.  12 Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.

John 20:1-9 (KJV) The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.  Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid Him.  Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.  So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.  Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, And the napkin, that was about His head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.  Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.  For as yet they knew not the scripture, that He must rise again from the dead.

Questions:

1. On what day of the week did Mary Magdalene and the other Mary go to the sepulchre where Jesus was buried (Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2; Luke 24:1a; John 20:1)?

2. What happened before they arrived at the sepulchre (Matthew 28:2)?

3. What was the angel’s countenance like (Matthew 28:3)?

4. How did the keepers (guards) react (Matthew 28:4)?

5. What was Mary Magdalene and the other Mary bringing with them to the sepulchre and why (Mark 16:1; Luke 24:1b)?

6. What question did they ask themselves as they were going to the sepulchre (Mark 16:3)?

7. What did they find, who did they find, and how did they respond when they arrived at the sepulchre (Mark 16:4-5; Luke 24:2)?

8. What did the young man tell the women (Matthew 28:5-7; Mark 16:6-7; Luke 24:5-7)?

9. What did the women do (Mark 16:8; Luke 24:8-9)?

10. Who went to the sepulchre after the women reported what they had experienced and what did he do (Luke 24:12)?

Answers:

1. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to the sepulchre very early on the first day of the week.

2. There was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

3. The angel’s countenance was like lightning and his raiment white as snow.

4. The keepers (guards) were fearful and shook and became as dead men.

5. They brought sweet spices with which to anoint Jesus.

6. The women said among themselves, “Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?”

7. When the women arrived they found the stone had already been rolled away from the entrance to the sepulchre.  And inside they found a young man (an angel) sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment.  And they were frightened. (Luke [24:4] recorded that there were two men [angels].) (And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments)

8. The young man told the women to not fear.  He knew they were seeking Jesus, who had been crucified.  But He was not there, He had risen. He asked them to come and see the place where He had laid.  They were to go tell the disciples that Jesus had risen from the dead, that they could go see Him in Galilee.

9. They went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they anything to any man; for they were afraid.

10. Peter arose, ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass. 

Jesus Appears To Mary Magdalene

Mark 16:9-11 (KJV) Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven devils. 10 And she went and told them that had been with Him, as they mourned and wept. 11 And they, when they had heard that He was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.

John 20:10-18 (KJV) 10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home. 11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,  12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.  13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid Him.  14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.  15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing Him to be the gardener, saith unto Him, Sir, if Thou have borne Him hence, tell me where thou hast laid Him, and I will take Him away. 16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto Him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.  17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch Me not; for I am not yet ascended to My Father: but go to My brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto My Father, and your Father; and to My God, and your God.  18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things unto her.

Questions:

1. After entering the sepulchre and seeing Jesus’ burial clothes what did the two disciples do (John 20:10)?

2. To whom did Jesus appear (Mark 16:9; John 20:14)?

3. What did Jesus say to Mary Magdalene (John 20:15)?

4. What did Mary Magdalene do (Mark 16:10; John 20:18)?

5. What was their response to her news (Mark 16:11)?

Answers:

1. The two disciples returned to their own home.

2. When Mary stooped down and looked into the sepulchre Jesus appeared to her.

3. Jesus called her by name and said, “Touch Me not; for I am not yet ascended to My Father: but go to My brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto My Father, and your Father; and to My God, and your God.”

4. Mary went and told those that had been with Jesus, who were now mourning and weeping of Jesus’ appearance before her.

5. They didn’t believe Mary Magdalene.

HEAR the WORD

F.Y.I.: There are some differences in the reporting of that morning that Mary Magdalene went to the sepulchre. John’s account (20:1-9) gives information about Peter and John (the disciple whom Jesus loved) that Matthew (28:1-7), Mark (16:1-8) and Luke (24:1-12) don’t report.

MEDITATE on the WORD

PLEASE THOUGH DON’T LOSE SIGHT OF THE FACT: Jesus arose from the dead.

MEMORIZE the WORD

Matthew 28:5-6a (NIV) The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified, He is not here; He has risen, just as He said.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

To love and live God’s Word we must know and understand Matthew 28:5-7.  Verse 5 – Do not be afraid for Jesus’ resurrection brings joy.  Verse 6a – Jesus is not dead, He has risen.  Verse 6b – The tomb was empty and still is.   Verse 7 – Go quickly and tell others that Jesus has risen.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

We can go and tell others that Jesus is alive.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will not fear this life because Your Son came to this earth and died, rose again and is now preparing a place for us in heaven with You.  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I keep sharing Jesus with those around us.” <>< Dona