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Events of Resurrection Sunday

The following is one of several possible ways of ordering the events of Resurrection Sunday:
  1. An angel comes & rolls back the stone from the tomb (Mt. 28:2).
  2. Mary Magdalene comes before dawn while it is still dark (Jn. 20:1) and finds the stone rolled away.
  3. Other women come at or after sunrise (Mk. 16:2; Lk. 24:1).
  4. Mary Magdalene leaves to tell the apostles (Jn. 20:2). She apparently does not know about the angels.
    4a. At some point Peter and John start for the tomb; Mary follows.
  5. Angels (young men) appear to the other women (Mk. 16:5; Lk. 24:4).
  6. The women leave (Mt. 28:8; Mk. 16:8; Lk. 24:9). Some say nothing out of fear (Mk. 16:8).
  7. Peter and John arrive at the tomb and find it empty (Lk. 24:12; Jn. 20:3-9).
  8. Some women report the vision of angels to the disciples (Lk. 24:24).
  9. Peter and John go home (Jn. 20:10) and report findings (Lk. 24:24).
  10. Mary Magdalene stays and sees Jesus (Jn. 20:11-17; Mk. 16:9).
  11. Cleopas and his companion leave (Lk. 24:13-14).
  12. Jesus appears to women (apparently the ones who did not tell) (Mt. 28:9-10).
    Women, including Mary Magdalene, go to tell the disciples about the risen Lord (Mt. 28:11; Mk. 16:10-11; Jn. 20:18).

    The order of thirteen and fourteen is uncertain.

  13. Jesus appears to Peter, who reports it to the disciples (Lk. 24:34).
  14. Jesus appears to Cleopas and companion (Lk. 24:15-32; Mk. 16:12)
  15. They return to Jerusalem to report it to the disciples (Lk. 24:33) but are not believed (Mk. 16:13).
  16. Jesus appears to the disciples in a locked room that evening (Mk. 16:14-18; Lk. 24:36-43; Jn. 20:19-23).

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