The Risen and Glorified Lord
THE RISEN AND GLORIFIED LORD
(Mt. 28:1-4; Mk. 16:1; Lk. 24:1-2)
2 Now when the Sabbath was A over, Mary Magdalene 1 and the other Mary 2 (the mother of James) and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Jesus’ body. Then 3 (on the first day of the week at very early dawn) they were coming toward the tomb 1 in order to take a look at the tomb 3 –carrying the spices which they had prepared.
1 Now see, a large earthquake had occurred earlier; for an angel of the lord –descending from heaven and approaching– had rolled back the stone, and he sat upon it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. The guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.
2 B [Now after Jesus had risen early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons:]
(Lk. 24:12; Jn. 20:1-10)
4 Mary Magdalene came very early to the tomb –while it was still dark– and saw that the stone had already been taken away from the tomb. So she ran, and went to Simon Peter –and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved– and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb! –and we don’t know where they have put Him!”
So Peter and the other disciple 3 got up, and ran toward the tomb. 4 The two were running together –but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first; and stooping to look, he saw the linen wrappings lying there –but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter also arrived –following him; 3 stooping over and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves, 4 and he entered into the tomb and observed the linen wrappings lying there, and the head-cloth which had been on His head –not lying wih the linen wrappings, but folded up in a place by itself.
Then the other disciple –who had reached the tomb first– went in, and he saw and was convinced. (They still did not understand the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead.) So the disciples went back to their homes. 3 [And Peter went away marveling at what had happened.]
4 …but Mary stood outside the tomb weeping. So as she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and there she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying –one at the head and one at the feet.
And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken my Lord away, and I don’t know where they have put Him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus.
“Woman,” Jesus said to her, “why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?”
Supposing that He was the gardener, she said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary!”
She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (which means, Teacher).
Jesus said to her, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father –to My God and your God.”
(Mk. 16:10-11; Jn. 20:18)
4 Mary Magdalene went and 2 reported to those who had been with Him –while they were mourning and weeping– 4 ”I have seen the Lord,” and that He had said these things to her. 2 But when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they refused to believe it.
(Mt. 28:5-7; Mk. 16:2-7; Lk. 24:3-8, 10)
3 Now Joanna and Mary the mother of James (and also the other women with them) 2 arrived at the tomb just as the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” But when they looked up, they saw that the stone (which was extremely large) had already been rolled away.
But upon entering the tomb, 3 they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, 2 they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, 3 –there, suddenly two men stood near them in dazzling apparel; and as they were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, 1 the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; 2 do not be astonished; 1 –for I know that you are looking for Jesus 2 of Nazareth who has been crucified. 3 Why do you seek the living One among the dead? –He is not here, 1 for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He [--the Lord--] was lying. 2 –Look, here is the place where they laid Him. 3 –Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.’ ” –Then they remembered His words.
2 And he said to them, “But go 1 quickly and tell His disciples 2 and Peter 1 that He has risen from the dead; and look, 2 He is ‘going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see Him,’ just as He told you 1 –there, I have told you.”
(Mt. 28:8-10; Mk. 16:8; Lk. 24:9,11)
2 So they went out, 1 and the left, 2 and fled 1 quickly with fear and great joy 2 from the tomb –for trembling and astonishment had overcome them; and they said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid. 1 And they ran to report it to His disciples. Then [as they went], suddenly, Jesus met them, saying, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.”
3 Upon returning from the tomb, they reported all these things to the eleven and to all the others. –However, these words seemed like nonsense to them, and they would not believe them.
1 Now while the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. And when the priests had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, and said, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole Him away while we were asleep.’ And if the governor hears about this, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So they took the money and did as they were instructed –and this story has been widely spread among the Jews to this very day.
Section 162 – Jesus Appears on the Road to Emmaus
(Mk. 16:12-13; Lk. 24:13-35)
2 [Then after this, He appeared in another form.] 3 Now see –that same day two of them were 2 [walking in the country], 3 going to a village named Emmaus, which was about Celeven kilometers from Jerusalem. And they were talking with each other about all these things which had taken place. It so happened, that as they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself came up and began walking with them –but they were kept from recognizing Him.
And He said to them, “What are you discussing back and forth as you walk along?”
Then they stood still, looking sad. And one of them, named Cleopas, said to Him, “Are You the only visitor to Jerusalem who is unaware of the things which have happened there in these days?”
“What things?” He asked. They replied, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet, mighty in deed and word in the sight of God and all the people; and how the chief priests and our rulers handed Him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified Him –but we had hoped that He was the One who was going to redeem Israel. And then, besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened. And moreover, also some of our women amazed us: They were at the tomb early in the morning, and when they didn’t find His body, they came back saying that they had also seen a vision of angels, who said that He was alive. Then some of those who were with us went to the tomb and indeed, they found it to be just as the women had said –but Him they did not see.”
And He said to them, “O foolish men! –and slow of heart to believe all the things that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary for the DMessiah to suffer these things before entering into His glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, He explained to them all the things concerning Himself in the Scriptures.
Then as they approached the village where they were going, Jesus acted as though He were going further. But they strongly urged Him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening, and the day is almost over.” So He went in to stay with them.
Then it so happened that while He reclined at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed it; and He broke it and began giving it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him –and He disappeared from their sight.
Then they said to one another, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked to us on the road — as He opened the Scriptures to us?”
And they got up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, where they found the eleven gathered together –and those who were with them were saying, “The Lord really has risen! –and has appeared to Simon Peter.”
Then the two recounted 2 [to the rest] 3 the things that had happened on the road, and how they had recognized Jesus by the breaking of the bread. 2 –[but they did not believe them either.]
Four Gospels Merged: A Harmony”
by R. Totten (c) 2003