by Rev Joel Yong
Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples went back to their homes. But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, Woman, why are you weeping? She said to them, They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him. Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking? Supposing him to be the gardener, she 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 in Aramaic, Rabboni! (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God. Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, I have seen the Lord—and that he had said these things to her.
If you wanted to invent a new religion in biblical times, you do not write in a female character as the first witness of your founder’s resurrection.
In the patriarchal society back then, it was common to prioritize the male testimony as being more reliable.
Also, to say your founder was conceived before his parents got married, and say it’s the Spirit of God that made it possible- would have raise suspicion as well.
Then to say he was arrested but the charges against him were made up and he was falsely accused, would also invite scrutiny.
Why then didn’t the apostles delete these elements from the Gospel stories?
It would have raised less questions and been easier to believe.
You see, they wouldn’t do so, if it was all true. You cannot edit the truth.
It really happened the way they recorded it.
They were eyewitnesses merely relaying what they knew to be true, however unbelievable it might seem at times!
No wonder Jesus said to Thomas …
Jesus said to him, Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.