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Now, when the Sabbath was passed, Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, that they might come and anoint him. Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. 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 the stone had been rolled away, for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. But he said to them, Do not be alarmed. You seek, Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified, he's risen. He's not here, see the place where they laid him. But go tell his disciples and Peter, that he's going, that he's going before you into Galilee. There, you'll see him, as he said to you. So they went out quickly and fled from the team for they trembled, and were amazed. And they said nothing to anyone. They were afraid. 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. She went and told those who've been with him, as they mourned and wept. And when they heard that he was alive, and had been seen by her, they did not believe after that he appeared to another, in another form to two of them, and they walked on went into the country. And they went and told it to the rest, but they did not believe them, either.

— Mark 16

What day did Jesus die on? That's a simple question. And luckily, we're told in both Mark and john, in Mark's gospel, we're told that Jesus died the day after the Passover meal was eaten in Jerusalem. John tells us explicitly chapter 19, verse 14, that Jesus died the day before the Passover meal was eaten on the day of preparation for the Passover. That's different. He couldn't die both days. What about the time? According to Mark, he died at nine in the morning. According to john, he wasn't he wasn't condemned to death until afternoon, john 19:14. These are accounts that differ from one another.

So we have here is really the question, not a question about how many were there? And then there's some difference between how many were there based on the account? Instead, there's a question about who gets highlighted in each account. That's really the only difference in accounts is, why would this gospel author choose to highlight this one, but not another? And that's really where we want to start kind of and this is, by the way, this is so common to eyewitness accounts, that I work in homicides, unless you're going to stop them and say, stop timeout. I noticed you said so and so but you didn't mention these. Were they not there? Oh, no, they were there too. But you know, okay. If I don't stop and make each person specifically Give me the rich, kind of unmentioned detail that I know is missing, because I've already talked to somebody else about this. Well, this is not what's happening in the Gospels. There's no detective interviewer, who's making sure that this is an exhaustive list or this is an exhaustive account. That's an important principle. By the way, folks, when you look at these accounts, you sometimes look at them either as a detective, I'm also examining these as eyewitness accounts, right? But remember, there's no eyewitness interviewer, and without the interviewer who typically asked you to empty out of everything you saw, you're only going to get a partial account. I even get partial accounts when there is an eyewitness interviewer who is asking you to empty out everything. So don't be surprised that we're going to get something that's slightly small variation in it. What do you don't have an investigative interviewer who's asking you to go further.

The laws of science are explanations of the ways in which God mostly chooses to act. But sometimes he exercises his right to go off peace. When Jesus turned water into wine, he broke the laws of chemistry. When he walked on water, he defied the law of gravity. He even broke the law, the second law of thermodynamics by rising from the dead.

— Pete Greig

Christianity is a statement, which if false, is of no importance. And if true, is of infinite importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important.

— C.S. Lewis