Did Yeshua –A.K.A. Jesus – resurrect his human body —flesh and bones— or his invisible spirit? That has been the controversy since christianity arose. Gnostics and Jehovah witnesses are in favor of the latter. For them, Yeshua –A.K.A. Jesus – disposed of his earthly being before ascending to heaven.

         

       The question I have about this assertion is: do Jehovah witnesses not believe their souls ascend to heaven at the time of their deaths? Does that mean they also resurrect? If they all resuscitate in spirit, I cannot consider Yeshua’s –A.K.A. Jesus – resurrection a miracle. That occurs, according to believers, every time a person dies.

         

       For the resurrection of Yeshua’s –A.K.A. Jesus – to be considered a miracle, he had to have risen from the dead in flesh and bones. That would be the ultimate miracle.

         

       It is this miraculous event the very foundation of christianity. The question is: did he really resurrect? According to the gospels he did:


Mathew


28:6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.


28:7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.


Mark


16:6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.


16:7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.


Luke


24:5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?

 

24:6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,


 John


20:13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my LORD, and I know not where they have laid him.


20:14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.


20:15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.


20:16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.


20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.


       All of the gospels say Yeshua –A.K.A. Jesus – resurrected, and not in the spirit, but in the flesh. The problem again, is in the details. Each scribe tells his account in a different way. Are they not writing about the same event? Is the same god not inspiring them? Why do they all have different details? Their main goal was to make Yeshua –A.K.A. Jesus – resurrect, so they thought the details were not important. They were only thinking on the aftermath. But the details are very important to me. If they are not the same, it can only mean one thing, some of them are lying; or is it all of them?


       Read what they wrote:


Mathew


28:1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.


28:2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.


28:3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:

 

28:4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.


28:5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.


28:6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.


Mark


16:1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.


16:2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.


16:3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?


16:4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.


16:5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.


16:6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.


Luke


24:1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.


24:2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.


24:3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.


24:4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:


24:5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?


24:6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,


24:7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.


John


20:1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.


20:2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the LORD out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.

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0:3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.


20:4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.


20:5 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.


20:6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulcher , and seeth the linen clothes lie,


20:7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.


20:8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.


20:9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.


20:10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.


20:11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,


20:12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.


20:13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my LORD, and I know not where they have laid him.


20:14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.


20:15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.


20:16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.


20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.


20:18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the LORD, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

Let us make a graphic organizer to better see the discrepancies:


 

Mathew

Mark

Luke

John

Two women went to see the sepulcher. Both of them named Mary.

Three women went to see the sepulcher. Two of them named Mary and the other Salome.

Luke says it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna and Mary, the mother of James, but he also says, “and certain others with them.” It means that at least two more women were with them.

One woman went to see the sepulcher, Mary Magdalene.

To open the tomb Mathew used one of “his angels”. He made an earthquake to roll back the stone, and the angel sat upon the rock.

When the women arrived at the tomb, the stone was already rolled back. They were greeted, not by an angel but by a young man (believers will argue he was an angel). However, he was not sitting upon the stone at the entrance, but on the right side of the cave.

Luke says that the stone was already rolled back when the women got to the tomb. Nonetheless, he asserts that two men were inside the cave, and they were not sitting but standing.

According to John, the stone was already rolled back when Mary Magdalene arrived at the tomb. Nevertheless, she did not enter the cave, but went back to tell Peter and the disciple whom Jesus loved. The three of them saw that the body of Jesus was missing. Then, Mary saw two angels sitting, one, where the head of Jesus had been, and the other where the feet had been.

According to Mathew, the Roman keepers were still there, frightened to death.

There is no mention of them in Mark’s.

There is no mention of them in Luke’s.

There is no mention of them in John’s.

Mathew does not say Yeshua was in the cave.

Mark does not say Yeshua was in the cave.

John does not say Yeshua was in the cave.

John states that Yeshua was still in the cave and talked to Mary Magdalene.

         

       Do you see what I mean when I say they are lying? The number of women visiting the tomb should be the same, what should be different is the way they say it. Mark wrote, “Three women.” Mathew should have written, “Three ladies.” Luke should have written, “Three females.” And John should have said, “Three lads.” But they do not say it in a different way; they change the number of women. That can mean only one thing, they are lying.   

Did god forget what he had said to the first scribe, and the second, and the third? If the details of the same event are not the same, some of them are not telling the truth. And do not tell me that those are little discrepancies which are not really important because there lays the main problem. They had to resurrect Yeshua –A.K.A. Jesus– no matter what. They did not care about the details.

         

       Let us move on to the next point. Yeshua A.K.A. Jesus– resurrected on the flesh, and he could dematerialize at will.

         

       Read the following quote:


John


20:19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

         

       See? John emphasizes that the doors were shut to give Yeshua –A.K.A. Jesus– supernatural powers. Now he is an almighty god who appears and vanishes at will. That power of Yeshua –A.K.A. Jesus– of dematerializing at will makes me wonder why, if he had this incredible power, the stone at the entrance of his tomb had to be removed? If he could walk through walls, why did he not walk through the stone at the entrance? That way the tale of his resurrection would have been more credible.


       The removal of the stone allowed skeptics to believe that the disciples robbed the body and buried it somewhere else, to pretend Yeshua –A.K.A. Jesus– had resurrected, or it led them to believe that he was not really dead. When he was brought down from the cross, not enough time had elapsed for him to die. Crucifixion was feared because those condemned to it could last several days suffering. Bringing Yeshua –A.K.A. Jesus– down so quickly, prevent him from dying, and the herbs taken to the tomb were not to embalm him, but to cure his wounds. 


       The attitude of the women involved in this tale offers a very important clue.

The women mentioned by Mark were really determined:


Mark


16:1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.


16:2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.


         

       These ladies had bought sweet spices to anoint him. They had realized that they would not be able to remove the rock at the entrance. However, they kept on walking to the tomb. They did not think of the necessity of asking some men to go with them to help them open the sepulcher. These women’s determination can only be explained if they “knew” that the rock would no longer be blocking the entrance.

         

       Mark did not bother in procuring help for these women because he was going to write that the rock had already rolled away by the time they arrived at the tomb. It never occurred to him that for this tale to be credible, the women had to have asked for help before heading to the site. Otherwise, they could not have been able to use the herbs they had just bought.

         

       The women’s omission of asking for help is solid proof that Mark manipulated the story to his liking.

         

       There is another problem with this account. According to John, Yeshua contradicts himself. First he told Mary Magdalene not to touch him because he had not ascended to his father yet:


John


20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

         

       However, when he was in the house with the doors shut, among the eleven disciples, he did the exact opposite:


John


20:27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.


         

       I know believers will say that eight days had already elapsed, and his body was pure then, making reference to the mandate in Deuteronomy, but that is not the same. Yeshua said, “Do not touch me because I have not ascended to my father yet.” I do not think he was going back and forth. If he could do that, why did he not keep coming back?

         

       Read what Mathew wrote:


Mathew


28:9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

         

       See? According to Mathew, the women held him by the feet and Yeshua –A.K.A. Jesus–did not object. How can a god contradict himself?

 

       The truth of the matter is Yeshua –A.K.A. Jesus–did not resurrect. The scribes needed him to rise from the dead to become the christ, for christianity is based on this event.


       Is it not ironic? Alive, Yeshua could not save the Hebrew or the “promised land”, but dead, he was able to save the whole world!


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