Thursday, 15th April, 2021
Why are the Gospels’ Resurrection Accounts So Different?
Ps Mark Tan
Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20
If you take the time to read each Resurrection account of the Gospel, you will find that the accounts are very different from one to another. How can this be? Why didn’t the writers get their story straight? Here are some reasons.
- We should actually give thanks to God that we have not one, not two, not three but FOUR accounts of the resurrection. These accounts, obviously not consolidated with each other, then give us four whole, testimonial evidence which in most cases is more than enough to prove the certainty of the event.
- We should also give thanks that each gospel writer sought not to write legends. Rather, each Gospel writer sought to give an independent, truthful account based on what they could remember as well as what they received from eyewitnesses of the same event. The fact that they are very different from each other tells us that the resurrection story isn’t propaganda, but truth which stood the test of time.
- Since the gospel accounts record different times of the very same event, there is actually a way to harmonize the gospel accounts. An example can be found in this link: https://www.gotquestions.org/resurrection-accounts.html
- The Gospels may vary in detail but their central claim remains the same: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. Then he appeared to his disciples and he continues to appear to us by His Holy Spirit so that like the apostle Paul, we would be born again in His eternal life and Providence (1 Corinthians 15:3-8)
What then should we do with this wealth of knowledge and confidence in the Gospel witnesses of the Resurrection? I encourage us that with such confidence, let us heed Jesus’ calling for us: to reach people for Christ in every nation, and walk with them to maturity (Matthew 28:18-20).
Thank you, Lord for the opportunity to know of your glorious Resurrection and gospel. Please give us boldness to speak your word and to allow your Spirit to flow through us. Allow us to be focused on the tasks you have laid out for us as we follow your lead. Give us the ability to accept and overcome any obstacles that is in our path. Help us to discover new and exciting opportunities to advance your Kingdom. Protect us, guide us, and help us that our proclamation of your good news will fruitful. We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.