Turning Point #13 – The Resurrection of Jesus

Early on the first day of the week the women came to the tomb of Jesus and found it empty!

An angel appeared to them and told them Jesus had been raised. The text says in Matthew 28:8 “they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word”. Why fear? Why great joy?

When Peter and John heard the tomb was empty what did they do? (John 20:3-10)

This begins a period of 40 days when Jesus was alive on earth and showed himself to his followers “to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God” (Acts 1:3).

In our next lesson we will see Peter, who previously denied knowing Jesus during His trial, boldly proclaiming to thousands of people in Jerusalem that Jesus has been raised from the dead. How do you explain this drastic change in Peter?

3 thoughts on “Turning Point #13 – The Resurrection of Jesus

  1. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Matthew 28:6

    Why fear? Maybe fear for what they had witnessed… the stone rolled away from the tomb, the presence of an angel. Or maybe it was confusion or apprehension about the situation because it might not be true.

    Why great joy? Tremendous joy of the resurrection of their Lord.

    When Peter and John heard the tomb was empty they had to see for themselves because they did not believe it. I’m sure the accounts being told to them sounded foolish. They saw the empty tomb and the strips of cloth that had covered Jesus’ face and they believed.


  2. Thank you for your comment.

    I love how Peter and John RAN to the tomb. I wonder if they knew Jesus said he would rise, but seeing Him crucified could not imagine it could be possible, but then on hearing the reports of the women… began to think maybe He did and were excited to confirm it was true?

    You make a great point about the fear. Matt.28:2 says there was also an earthquake as well as the angels, stone rolled away, etc. I wonder if they weren’t nervous wondering what the Romans are going to do… there were a lot of things going on. Fear and joy are an interesting combination of emotions to me.

    We should have fearful respect for God, but joy about his love and grace.


  3. It is interesting that Peter turned from doubt about the resurrection of Christ to becoming just a short time later one of the most fervent gospel preacher of his time.


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