Bible Stories for Adults
Jesus Appears to Women & Two Disciples
Matthew 28:1-15; Luke 24:13-35
Welcome and Announcements
Next Week - Jesus Appears to the Twelve and to Thomas (John 20:19-31)
Bible Words to Remember:
I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. Matthew 28:5-6
Typical Jewish Burials
Caves, both natural and man-made, were used as family tombs
Shelves or niches in large caves would hold individual bodies, sealed by flat stones
Criminals could not be buried in family tombs - guilty could not be buried with the just
Criminal bodies either burned in Valley of Gehenna
Bodies were wrapped in strips of linen with various spices to keep odor down
or thrown on temple ash heap in Valley of Hinnom (Valley of Corpses)
Jews did not use any of the embalming techniques of the Egyptians
After a body was placed in a tomb, a large stone would be rolled in front of entrance
John 11:38-40, 43-44
Stones were often whitewashed by the family
Jesus is Buried (Luke 23:50-56)
How was Jesus' body kept from being burned or thrown away as for other criminals?
What did he do with Jesus' body?
Did Joseph get any help?
Why was Joseph in such a rush and unable to fully wash and rub Jesus' body?
If Joseph and Nicodemus were alone, how did the disciples know where Jesus was buried?
Why didn't the women wait until Joseph was done and add their own spices to Jesus' body?
Guard The Dead (Matthew 27:62-66)
How did the chief priests disobey their own traditions against working on the Sabbath?
Did the leaders ask Pilate to do it so they wouldn't have to work on the Sabbath?
The seal was a cord stretched across the stone & secured with clay on each side
The Women Go to the Tomb (Mark 16:1-3)
What did the women do their first chance after obediently observing the Passover Sabbath?
How anxious were they to get to the tomb?
What concerned them as they walked?
The Earth Shook Again (Matthew 28:2)
How did God's creation respond to Jesus' death?
How did God's creation respond to Jesus' resurrection?
The Women Reach the Tomb (Luke 24:2-4)
How did the women's concern over the stone change when they reached the tomb?
How did Mary of Magdala (town in Galilee) react to what she saw?
What did the other women do?
How does Matthew describe the appearance of the angels?
What does this appearance mean?
Exodus 34:29, 34-35
The Angels Announce Jesus' Resurrection (Luke 24:5-8)
What did the angels say to the women?
Had Jesus clearly explained that He would rise or had He said so in a parable?
On the Third Day - Not after three days
Any part of a day counted as a day (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Did the angels give the women any instructions?
Did the women immediately go tell the disciples?
Four messages: Don't be afraid; He is not here; Come and see; Go quickly and tell.
Peter and John Go to the Tomb (John 20:3-9)
How did Peter and John react when Mary Magdalene told them Jesus' body was gone?
What did Peter see that showed Jesus' body had not been hastily stolen?
After seeing the empty tomb, did Peter & John believe and understand that Jesus had risen?
How does Luke record Peter's reaction?
Mary Magdalene Returns to the Tomb (John 20:10-18)
After following Peter & John to the tomb, what did Mary Magdalene do after they left?
What did she see in the tomb and why was she crying?
Who did she think may have moved Jesus' body?
How did Jesus let her know who He really was?
What did Jesus say when Mary tried to hug Him in her excitement?
What did Mary do in response?
Jesus Appears to the Other Women (Matthew 28:8-10)
Had Jesus appeared to anyone else before Mary saw Him?
Who did He appear to next?
What did Jesus say to them?
What About the Guards? (Matthew 28:11-15)
What had happened to the guards when the angel came and rolled back the stone?
What happened to the guards while all of these people were visiting the tomb?
With this proof, did the chief priests come to recognize Jesus as the Messiah?
On the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-18)
After what had happened in the early morning, did the disciples believe and understand?
What happened as a couple of believers walked back home to Emmaus that afternoon?
How did they indicate that Jesus' death & empty tomb were the topic of Jerusalem?
Common for travelers to join up and walk & talk together to pass the time (3-4 hrs)
The Story of Jesus (Luke 24:18-27)
How did they explain Jesus' story to this stranger?
How did Jesus answer their confusion?
A Revealing Dinner (Luke 24:28-32)
How interested were these disciples in listening to this stranger?
What caused them to recognize who this stranger really was?
After recognizing Jesus, did they feel they should have recognized Him earlier?
The Response of Believers (Luke 24:33-35)
Although it was dark and dangerous outside, what did these disciples do?
Had anything else happened since these men had left Jerusalem?
After hearing this update from the apostles, what did the two do?
After a full day of events, did the apostles finally believe and understand?
What amazing thing then happened that helped them believe? (Next Week's Lesson)
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