This is my best attempt to compile all accounts of the Gospels into chronological order to be read from one narrative. I begin with the arrest in the garden and finish with the ascension. I have also included some text from the book of Acts and 1 Corinthians where appropriate. I have worked on this project off and on over the last several years. My purpose was to compose one narrative in order to preach sections of this on the streets from memory. I do not claim that my work here is 100% accurate nor in any way inspired. There have been other men of God who have tackled such a project long before me. I did not copy from them; this is my own work. When it comes to the resurrection I found it difficult to put in order since the whole of the account is woven throughout all four Gospels. These testimonies are perhaps better preserved and authentic by letting each one stand on its own; for each writer brings out a different focus. All Scripture references are in the NKJV™
The Betrayal & Arrest of Jesus Christ
And immediately, while He was still speaking in the garden, there came a great crowd with lanterns, torches, clubs, swords and other weapons. And the man called Judas one of the twelve who betrayed him, also knew the place; for Jesus often met there with his disciples. Judas was leading them with a band of soldiers and some officers, scribes, and elders from the chief priests and the Pharisees. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I shall kiss is the man; seize him and lead him away safely under guard.” He drew near to Jesus to kiss him; but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of man with a kiss?” Judas said, “Hail, Master!” And he kissed him. Jesus said to him, “Friend, why are you here?” Then Jesus, knowing all that was to befall him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am he.” Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When he said to them, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. Again he asked them, “Whom do you seek?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he; so, if you seek me, let these men go.” This was to fulfill the word which he had spoken; “Of those whom you gave me I lost not one.” And when those who were about him saw what would follow, they said, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s slave and cut off his right ear. The slave’s name was Malchus. Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then should the scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?” Shall I not drink the cup which the Father has given me?” Then Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him. At that hour Jesus said to the chief priests and officers of the temple and elders, who had come out against him, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, you did not lay hands on me and you did not seize me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness and all this has taken place that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” So the band of soldiers and their captain and the officers of the Jews laid hands on Jesus and seized Him and bound him. Then all the disciples forsook him and fled. And a young man followed Him, with nothing but a linen cloth about his body; and they seized him, but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked.
Matt 26:47-56 ~ Mark 14:43-52 ~ Luke 22:47-53 ~ John 18:2-12
Jesus Before Annas
And they led Him away to Annas first, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas who was high priest that year. Now it was Caiaphas who advised the Jews that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.
The high priest then asked Jesus about His disciples and His doctrine. Jesus answered him, “I spoke openly to the world. I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where the Jews always meet, and in secret I have said nothing. “Why do you ask Me? Ask those who have heard Me what I said to them. Indeed they know what I said.” And when He had said these things, one of the officers who stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, “Do You answer the high priest like that?” Jesus answered him, “If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil; but if well, why do you strike Me?” Then Annas sent Him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.
Jesus Before Caiaphas at Night
And they led Jesus away to Caiaphas the high priest, where all the chief priests, the scribes and the elders were assembled. Now the chief priests, the elders, and all the council sought false testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, but found none. Even though many false witnesses came forward, they found none. But at last two false witnesses rose up and came forward and said, “We heard this fellow say, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands. For many bore false witness against Him, but their testimonies did not agree. And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, saying, “Do You answer nothing? What is it these men testify against You?” But Jesus kept silent and answered nothing. And the high priest answered and said to Him, “I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!” Again the high priest asked Him, saying to Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” Jesus said to him, “It is as you said. I am. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Then the high priest tore his clothes, saying, “He has spoken blasphemy! What further need do we have of witnesses? Look, now you have heard His blasphemy! What do you think?” And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death. Now the men who held Jesus mocked Him and beat Him. Then some began to spit on Him and they spat in His face; and others struck Him with the palms of their hands. And having blindfolded Him, they struck Him on the face and asked Him, saying, “Prophesy to us, Christ! Who is the one who struck You?” And many other things they blasphemously spoke against Him.
Matt 27:57-68 ~ Mark 14:53-65 ~ Luke 22:63-65
Having arrested Him, they led Him and brought Him into the high priest’s house. But Peter followed at a distance. And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. Now that disciple was known to the high priest, and went with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest.But Peter stood at the door outside. Then the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to her who kept the door, and brought Peter in.
Now when servants and officers had kindled a fire of coals in the midst of the courtyard and sat down together for it was cold. And when they warmed themselves Peter sat among them outside below in the courtyard to see the end and also warmed himself at the fire. Then one of the servant girls of the high priest, who kept the door, when she saw Peter warming himself as he sat by the fire looked intently at him and said to Peter, “You also were with Jesus of Nazareth of Galilee.” “You are not also one of this Man’s disciples, are you?” But he denied it before them all saying, “Woman, I am not; I do not know him”, I neither know nor understand what you are saying.” And he went out on the porch, and a rooster crowed.
And when he had gone out to the gateway, the servant girl saw him again and said to those who were there, “This fellow is one of them who also was with Jesus of Nazareth.” “You are not also one of His disciples, are you?” But again he denied it with an oath, “I am not, I do not know the Man!”
And a little later, after about an hour had passed,those who stood by came up and said to Peter confidently affirming, “Surely you also are one of them, for you are a Galilean and your speech betrays you.” One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of him whose ear Peter cut off, said, “Did I not see you in the garden with Him?” But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are saying!” Then he began to curse and swear, saying, “I do not know this Man of whom you speak!”
Immediately, while he was still speaking, a second time the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter called to mind the word that Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” And when he thought about it, he went out and wept bitterly.
Matt 26:58, 69-75 ~ Mark 14:54, 66-72 ~ Luke 22:54-62 ~ John 18:13-18, 25-27
Jesus Before Entire Sanhedrin in Morning
Immediately, in the morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council; and plotted against Jesus to put Him to death. They said, “If You are the Christ, tell us.” But He said to them, “If I tell you, you will by no means believe. And if I also ask you, you will by no means answer Me or let Me go. Hereafter the Son of Man will sit on the right hand of the power of God.” Then they all said, “Are You then the Son of God?” So He said to them, “You rightly say that I am.” And they said, “What further testimony do we need? For we have heard it ourselves from His own mouth.”
Matt 27:1-2 ~ Mark 15:1 ~ Luke 22:66-71, 23:1 ~ John 18:28
Judas Hangs Himself
Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” And they said, “What is that to us? You see to it!” Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself. But the chief priests took the silver pieces and said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, because they are the price of blood.” And they consulted together and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in. Therefore that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the value of Him who was priced, whom they of the children of Israel priced, and gave them for the potter’s field, as the LORD directed me.”
“Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus; “for he was numbered with us and obtained a part in this ministry.” (Now this man purchased a field with the wages of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his entrails gushed out. And it became known to all those dwelling in Jerusalem; so that field is called in their own language, Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) “For it is written in the Book of Psalms: ‘Let his dwelling place be desolate, And let no one live in it’; and, ‘Let another take his office.’
Jesus’ First Time Before Pilate
Then the whole multitude of them arose, bound Jesus, led Him away from Caiaphas, and led Him to the Praetorium and delivered Him to Pontius Pilate the governor. This was early morning. But they themselves did not go into the Praetorium, lest they should be defiled, but that they might eat the Passover. Pilate then went out to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this Man?” They answered and said to him, “If He were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered Him up to you.” Then Pilate said to them, “You take Him and judge Him according to your law.” Therefore the Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death,” that the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled which He spoke, signifying by what death He would die. And the chief priests, began to accuse Him, saying, “We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar, saying that He Himself is Christ, a King.” And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, of many things, He answered nothing. Then Pilate said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?” But He answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly. Then Pilate entered the Praetorium again, and called Jesus. Now Jesus stood before the governor and he said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered him, “Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this concerning Me?” Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You to me. What have You done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.” Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no fault in Him at all. But they were the more fierce, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee to this place.”
Matt 27:15-26 ~ Mark 15:6-15 ~ Luke 23:17-23 ~ John 18:39-40
Jesus Before King Herod
When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked if the Man were a Galilean. And as soon as he knew that He belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent Him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time. Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad; for he had desired for a long time to see Him, because he had heard many things about Him, and he hoped to see some miracle done by Him. Then he questioned Him with many words, but He answered him nothing. And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused Him. Then Herod, with his men of war, treated Him with contempt and mocked Him, arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and sent Him back to Pilate. That very day Pilate and Herod became friends with each other, for previously they had been at enmity with each other.
Jesus Brought Back To Pilate
Then Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people, said to them, “You have brought this Man to me, as one who misleads the people. And indeed, having examined Him in your presence, I have found no fault in this Man concerning those things of which you accuse Him; no, neither did Herod, for I sent you back to him; and indeed nothing deserving of death has been done by Him. I will therefore chastise Him and release Him” (for it was necessary for him to release one to them at the feast)
Barabbas’ Released – Jesus Condemned
Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to releasing to the multitude one prisoner whom they wished. Then the multitude, crying aloud, began to ask him to do just as he had always done for them. So Pilate said,” you have a custom that I should release someone to you at the Passover. Now at that time they had a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. Now Barabbas was a robber. He had been thrown into prison and was chained with his fellow rebels for a certain rebellion made in the city, and for murder. Therefore, when they had gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” For he knew that they had handed Him over because of envy. While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, saying, “Have nothing to do with that just Man, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of Him.” But the chief priests and elders stirred up the crowd and persuaded the multitudes, so that he should rather release Barabbas to them and destroy Jesus. And they all cried out at once, saying, “Away with this Man, and release to us Barabbas” Pilate answered and said to them again, “What then do you want me to do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?” But they cried out, “Crucify Him!” Pilate, therefore, wishing to release Jesus, again called out to them. But they shouted, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” Then he said to them the third time, “Why, what evil has He done? I have found no reason for death in Him. I will therefore chastise Him and let Him go.” But they were insistent, demanding with loud voices that He be crucified. When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this just Person. You see to it.” And all the people answered and said, “His blood be on us and on our children.” And the voices of these men and of the chief priests prevailed and he released Barabbas to them.
Matt 27:15-26 ~ Mark 15:6-15 ~ Luke 23:18-25 ~ John 18:39-40
Soldiers Mock Jesus After Scourging
So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him. Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the hall called Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him. And they stripped Him and put a purple (or scarlet) robe on Him. And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, and began to salute Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” Then they struck Him on the head with a reed and spat on Him; and bowing the knee, they worshiped Him. They struck Him with their hands, and they mocked Him.
Matt 27:27-31 ~ Mark 15:16-20 ~ John 19:1-3
Pilate Presents Jesus After Scourging
Pilate then went out again, and said to them, “Behold, I am bringing Him out to you that you may know that I find no fault in Him.” Then Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said to them, “Behold the Man!” Therefore, when the chief priests and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “You take Him and crucify Him, for I find no fault in Him.” The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to our law He ought to die, because He made Himself the Son of God.” Therefore, when Pilate heard that saying, he was the more afraid, and went again into the Praetorium, and said to Jesus, “Where are You from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. Then Pilate said to Him, “Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?” Jesus answered, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.”
Pilate’s Final Judgment
From then on Pilate sought to release Him, but the Jews cried out, saying, “If you let this Man go, you are not Caesar’s friend. Whoever makes himself a king speaks against Caesar.” When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus out and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called The Pavement, but in Hebrew, Gabbatha. Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover, and about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” But they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him! Crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar!” So Pilate, wanting to gratify the crowd, gave sentence that it should be as they requested. Then he delivered Jesus to their will to be crucified. Then they took Jesus and took the purple off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him out to crucify Him.
Matt. 27:15–26 ~ Mark 15:6–15 ~ Luke 23:13-25 ~ John 18:38-19:16
The Road to Calvary
Now as they led Him away, they compelled a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus, as he was coming out of the country and passing by, and on him they laid the cross that he might bear it after Jesus. And a great multitude of the people followed Him, and women who also mourned and lamented Him. But Jesus, turning to them, said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For indeed the days are coming in which they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, wombs that never bore, and breasts which never nursed!’ Then they will begin ‘to say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!” For if they do these things in the green wood, what will be done in the dry?” And they brought Him to the place Golgotha, which is translated in Hebrew, Place of a Skull. There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death.
Matt 27:32-33 ~ Mark 15:21-22 ~ Luke 23:26-32 ~ John 19:17
Jesus Crucified on the Cross
And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him. Then they gave Him sour wine mingled with myrrh and gall to drink, But when He had tasted it, He would not drink it. With Him they also crucified criminals; two robbers, one on His right and the other on His left. and Jesus in the center. So the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And He was numbered with the transgressors.” Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And they put up over His head the accusation written against Him: an inscription in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew: And the writing was:
THIS IS JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Then many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city. Therefore the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘He said, “I am the King of the Jews.” ’ Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”
Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece. They said therefore among themselves, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be,” that the Scripture might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet: which says: “They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.” Therefore the soldiers did these things. Now it was the third hour, and they crucified Him. Sitting down, they kept watch over Him there.
Matt 27:34-36 ~ Mark 15:23-26 ~ Luke 23:323-38 ~ John 19:17-24
The Mocking of Jesus
And the people stood looking on. And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads and saying; “Aha! You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself, If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross!”
Matt 27:39-40 ~ Mark 15:29-30
Likewise the chief priests also, mocking among themselves with the scribes and elders, said, “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the Christ, the King of Israel, chosen of God, let Him now come down from the cross that we may see, and we will believe Him. He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’
Matt 27:41-43 ~ Mark 1:531-32 ~ Luke 23:35
The soldiers also mocked Him, coming and offering Him sour wine, and saying, “If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself.”
Even the robbers who were crucified with Him reviled Him with the same thing.
Matt 27:44 ~ Mark 15:32
One Criminal Saved
Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us. “But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
Jesus Regards His Mother
Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.
The Death of Jesus Christ of Nazareth
Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Some of those who stood by, when they heard that, said, “Look, He is calling for Elijah!” The rest said, “Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to save Him and take Him down.” After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and immediately one of them ran filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop reed, and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And when Jesus had cried out again with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’ ” Having said this, He breathed His last. And bowing His head, He yielded up His spirit.
Matt 27:45-50 ~ Mark 15:34-37 ~ Luke 23:46 ~ John 19:28-30
Signs Appear Upon Jesus’ Death
Then when the sun was darkened on the whole earth, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many. So when the centurion who stood opposite Him, and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and that He cried out like this and breathed His last, and the other things that had happened, they feared greatly and glorified God, saying, “Truly this was a righteous Man – the Son of God!” And the whole crowd who came together to that sight, seeing what had been done, beat their breasts and returned. But all His acquaintances, and many women who followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him, were there looking on from afar, among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the Less and of Joses, and Salome, the mother of Zebedee’s sons. These also are those who came up with Him to Jerusalem. These stood at a distance, watching these things.
Matt 27:51-56 ~ Mark 15:38-41 ~ Luke 23:47-49
Jews Petition Pilate
Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe. For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, “Not one of His bones shall be broken.” And again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.”
The Burial of Jesus Christ
There was a rich man named Joseph of Arimathea who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews. He was a prominent council member, a good and just man, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God. He had not consented to their decision and deed. Now when evening had come this man coming and taking courage went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus, that he might take it away. Pilate marveled that He was already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him if He had been dead for some time; so when he found out from the centurion, Pilate giving him permission and commanded the body to be given to him. He came and took the body of Jesus having taken Him down. And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. Then they took the body of Jesus, and wrapped it in strips of fine linen with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury. Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So there they laid Jesus, in his tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed. That day was the Preparation, and the Sabbath drew near. And the women who had come with Him from Galilee, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses followed after, and they observed the tomb and how His body was laid. For the tomb was nearby. Then they returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.
Matt 27:57-61 ~ Mark 15:42-47 ~ Luke 23:50-56 ~ John 19:38-42
Pilate Sets A Guard
On the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to Pilate, saying, “Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise.’ Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead.’ So the last deception will be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them, “You have a guard; go your way, make it as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard.
For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.
1 Cor 15:3-8
Stone is Rolled Away
And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.
Women Go To The Tomb
Now after the Sabbath, very early in the morning while it was still dark, as the first day of the week began to dawn, when the sun had risen, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, Salome, and certain other women with them came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared that they might anoint Him. And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?” But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away—for it was very large.
Matt 28:1 ~ Mark 16:1-4 ~ Luke 24:1 ~ John 20:1
Mary Magdalene Runs Away From Tomb
When Mary Magdalene saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb; she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”
Remaining Women See Angels
And entering the tomb, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this behold, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. Then two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified. “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ ”Come; see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples, and Peter, that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him as He said to you.” Behold, I have told you.” So they went out quickly and fled from the tomb for they trembled and were amazed with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word. And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
Matt 28:5-8 ~ Mark 16:5-8 ~ Luke 24:3-9
Guards Report What Happened
Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’ “And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure.” So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
Matt 28:11- 15
Peter & John Run To The Tomb
(After Mary Magdalene reported) Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb. So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb and stooping down; he saw the linen cloths lying there, and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself. and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened. Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed. For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again to their own homes.
Luke 24:12 ~ John 20:3-10
Mary Magdalene First To See Jesus Alive
Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons.
Now Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” She, supposing Him to be the gardener, 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, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher)? Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’ “
Jesus Appears to the Other Women
So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word. And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.”
Jesus Appears To Peter
saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” and that He was seen by Cephas
Luke 24:34 ~ 1 Corinthians 15:6
Jesus Appears To Two Disciples On Emmaus Road
He appeared in another form to two of them as they walked and went into the country. Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. So it was, while they conversed and reasoned that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him. And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?” Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?” And He said to them, “What things?” So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, “and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. “But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. “Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. “And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.” Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!” Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them. Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together.
Mark 16:12 ~ Luke 24:13-33
Disciples In Unbelief
And they (Cleopas and other disciple) went and told it to the rest, but they did not believe them either. Then they (the women) returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles. And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them. Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples as they mourned and wept that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her. they did not believe.
Mark 16:10-13 ~ Luke 24:10-11 ~ John 20:18
Jesus Appears To Disciples Without Thomas
And they told about the things that had happened on the road and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread. Then, the same day at evening as they said these things, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” And He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? “Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?” So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. And He took it and ate in their presence. So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures. Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day.
Mark 16:14 ~ Luke 24:35-45 ~ John 20:19-23
Jesus Appears To Disciples With Thomas
Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
John 20:24- 29
Reason For John’s Writing
And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.
Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples
After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself: Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?” They answered Him, “No.” And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea. But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish. Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.” Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken. Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?” ⎯ knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish. This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead. So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.” He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.”Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.” This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.” Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?” Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.” Then this saying went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?” This is the disciple who testifies of these things, and wrote these things; and we know that his testimony is true. And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.
John 21:1-25 ~ Entire Chapter
The Great Commission
Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; “they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, “and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” And you are witnesses of these things. “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”
So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.
And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen.
The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, 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. Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
Acts 1:1-3 & Acts 1:9-11