BSF Matthew Lesson #29
3a) Three days after he was crucified on the Sabbath. Mark 16:1 says when the Sabbath was over. Luke and John both say the women arrived early on the first day of the week.
b) Mary Magdalene and the other Mary. Mark 16:1 says Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of Jesus and Salome. Luke does not name them until verse 10, saying Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and others. John just mentions Mary Magdalene.
c) Jesus had already risen.
4a) A violent earthquake had accompanied the angel. His appearance was like lightning and he single-handedly opened the tomb. Mark tells us that the tomb was already open and a young man dressed in a white robe was sitting in Jesus tomb. They were afraid as well because Jesus’ body was missing. Luke says that two men in clothes gleaming like lightning suddenly appeared beside the women in the tomb that had already been opened. John says Mary Magdalene saw tow angels in the tomb seated where Jesus’ body had been. She was crying and then Jesus himself appears to her.
[Fear is a natural human response to supernatural events and things the mind cannot comprehend nor understand.]
b) They came to him, clasped his feet, and worshiped him. The other gospels’ versions are too different here to compare.
c) The same thing the angels told them to do: “Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” The other gospels’ versions are too different to compare.
d) Personal Question: With Jesus, fear is masked by a hope and a knowledge of what is to come. Everyone is afraid at times in their life especially as children since there is just so much we do not know yet. We are afraid of people, of evil, of bad things happening, of death of ourselves or of loved ones, of the unknown, of circumstances that spiral out of control, etc. But with Jesus we can be calm as the storm swirls around us and find comfort in him.
With the Holy Spirit, he is always present within...