Resurrection Morning, Matt 28:1

Resurrection morning, Matt 28:1 at first daylight, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joses (Matt 27:56) came to the tomb where Jesus had been buried.  They were accompanied by Salome who had been with them at the crucifixion (Mk 16:1; 15:40) and by Joanna (Lk 24:10) and other women.

As they walked, they wondered who would roll back the stone for them (Mk 16:3).  Presently, there was a great earthquake and the angel of the Lord descended from heaven and rolled back the stone from the door, Matt 28:2.  So, when they arrived at the tomb, the great stone had already been rolled away (Mk 16:4). 

In Matt 28:2, 5, they saw the angel sitting on the stone.  And in Matt 28:5-6 the angel pronounced that Jesus had risen and invited them to see the place where he lay.

In Mk 16:5-6, they entered the sepulcher and saw a young man clothed in a long white garment sitting on the right side.  He told them not to be afraid because Jesus was risen.  At this point, the young man stood up and the angel that had been sitting on the stone stood beside them.  This is why Luke wrote, in Lk 24:4, that two men stood by them. 

The angels reminded them of Jesus’ saying regarding his resurrection, Lk 24:5-8.  And they gave them instructions to tell the disciples to meet Jesus in Galilee, Mk 16:7-8.  The women fled, not talking to anyone, because they were afraid.  In Matt 28:7-8, after hearing the instructions, they ran to tell the disciples.

In Lk 24:9, they went to the eleven and those that were with them to tell them these things.  In Jn 20:2-10, when Peter and John heard this, they returned with Mary Magdalene to the sepulcher.  They both went in and saw the linen clothes lying and the napkin that had been wrapped around his head lying by itself.  And then Peter and John left.

Mary Magdalene stayed behind, and that’s when Jesus appeared to her alone (Mk 16:9).  She was the first one to see him.  In Jn 20:11-18, she was weeping at the sepulcher.  And when she looked inside again, the two angels were there, one sitting at the head and the other at the feet of where Jesus had lain.  They asked her why she was weeping.  And she replied that she thought someone had taken the body of Jesus.  

When she turned back, she saw Jesus.  At first, she thought that he was the gardener, and asked him where the body was.  He called her by name and then she knew he was the Lord.  She tried to touch him but he refused because he had not yet ascended to his Father.  Then he gave her instructions for his disciples and she returned to tell them that she had seen the Lord.

In Matt 28:9, as they were notifying the disciples of the resurrection, Jesus appeared again, and this time they held him by the feet and worshipped him.  Therefore, in that short period of time, he had already ascended to heaven and returned.  In verse 10, he confirmed the angels’ instructions to them that they meet him in Galilee.

On the day of his resurrection, beginning with resurrection morning, Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene first (Mk 16:9).  Then he appeared to some as they went to tell the disciples (Matt 28:9). Then he appeared to Peter (Lk 24:34; 1 Cor 15:5).  Then he appeared to the two on the road to Emmaus (Lk 24:13-33).  Then he appeared to the disciples in the evening (Jn 20:19-23; Lk 24:36-48).

When the disciples first heard about the resurrection from the women, they didn’t believe it (Mk 16:11).  They thought the women had made it up (Lk 24:11).  They even heard confirmation from the two disciples on the road to Emmaus and didn’t believe them (Mk 16:12-14).  The only one who believed after he had seen the empty tomb was John (Jn 20:8).

As you can clearly see, there were two angels on resurrection morning.  The first one they saw was sitting on the stone (Matt 28:2).  Then they saw one sitting in the tomb (Mk 16:5).  After they entered he stood up and was joined by the other angel (Lk 24:4).  Later, when Mary remained after Peter and John left, the two angels were sitting on either side of where Jesus had lain (Jn 20:12).