The Resurrection Harmonized
This is Fireseed’s attempt to harmonize the events of Resurrection Sunday, from the women traveling to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus, to Simon Peter’s sighting of the risen Lord. The bracketed notes are additions to connect the different scriptural accounts. Note that some events described in the different gospels were happening simultaneously. Happy Resurrection Sunday!
1 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 him. [Joanna was with them too. (Luke 24:10)]
2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.
3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? ~ Mark 16:1-3
Meanwhile, as the women were still on their way to the sepulcher …
2 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.
3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. ~ Matt.28:2-4
The women arrived at the garden wherein lay the tomb.
And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. ~ Mark 16:4
Then they saw the angel.
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.
7 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. ~ Matt. 28:5-7
Mary thought that was a gardener speaking to her and was too distraught to comprehend or believe what he was saying, so she ran off to some of the disciples.
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. ~ John 20:2
Back to the women in the garden …
5 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.
6 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.
7 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. ~ Mark 16:5-7
So they stepped out of the sepulchre, and the angel followed them out. Then that angel plus another who had been in the garden began to chide their unbelief.
4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:
5 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?
6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. ~ Luke 24:4-7
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. ~ Mark 16:8
Meanwhile, in response to Mary’s message …
3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.
4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.
5 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.
6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie,
7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.
8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.
9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.
10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home. ~ John 20:3-10
Then, Mary made it back to the garden after everyone else had departed.
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. ~ John 20:11-18
Mark 16:9 also supports the fact that Mary was the first to see Jesus:
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. ~ Mark 16:9
After this, Jesus did ascend to the Father to present Himself as the first fruits wave offering as well as the lamb without blemish (Leviticus 23:10-12). In the meantime, as to some of the women …
8 And they remembered his words,
9 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. ~ Luke 24:8-10
9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me. ~ Matt. 28:9-10
When the women found the disciples, they were mourning and weeping. (Mark 16:10)
11 And their words seemed to them [the disciples] 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. ~ Luke 24:11-12
Peter, the impetuous disciple, makes a second trip to the tomb. He is rewarded, for he sees the risen Lord Jesus.
The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon [that’s Peter]. ~ Luke 24:34