Sunday, April 19, 2020

A possible timeline of Resurrection appearances. . .

Jimmy Akin, born into Protestantism but later converted to Roman Catholicism, has put together a little summary of the Resurrection appearances of our Lord that organizes a bit the different perspectives of the various Gospels.  I thought it was helpful.  Maybe you will, too.  There is no shortage of such things available but this is relatively brief and easy to follow.  HT Jimmy Akin.

If you find anything to quibble with, work it out for yourself but I have found it faithful to the Gospels and a good basic outline.


Anonymous said...

I am not sure that points 5, 6, 7, and 8 are accurate. Point 5 does not mention John going to the tomb with Peter, though it is contained in the reference. Point 6 has Mary Magdalene going into the tomb when in point 5 she returned to tell the disciples the stone was rolled away. Point 7 has Mary Magdalene with the other women without evidence. Point 8, the women have left the tomb and encounter Jesus on their way back to tell the disciples. It is difficult to imagine the gates through which the women and disciples traveled during this time. Did they meet each other if they went through one gate near Herod's palace (near where the crucifixion is traditionally placed)? The accounts do not indicate any interaction except in the Upper Room.

Anonymous said...

Really quite useful and well done. Thank you.


Janis Williams said...

If you’ve ever had two or more people excitedly telling you a story of something that happened to them, it is sometimes impossible to make sense of it. The resurrection is the most important, most exciting Truth that ever happened to anyone, anywhere. When excited people tell you a story, they speak quickly, they correct each other, and the excitement often makes description difficult. How much more the description of our Lord’s resurrection was than some sporting event!

These attempts to organize what looks like a confusing jumble of reports from the Gospels have been attempted many times. Do we doubt our friends telling us about some goal made in a game, or a fish caught? Then we should not doubt the writers of the Gospels telling what must have been absolute confusion. What if you were told the person you loved and just buried was alive and had been seen and had spoken? Would you be logical and methodical?

The additional fact that each writer seems to be pointed to a different audience, and a different focus on our Lord’s mission and person is something we should accept and believe. We believe in a risen Lord, the God of the Universe. Rather than analyzing and organizing, we should rejoice!