-from the NIV Bible (1973)    
Original Christians did not believe in a physical resurrection, but rather that Jesus was brought to heaven, 
and then "a risen Jesus" was seen in visions, just like the visions of Stephen (Acts 7:55) and Paul in the New Testament
Our earliest Christians writings, the 10 letters of Paul (50-58 A.D.) contained in the New Testament, never mention
Jesus being resurrected in Flesh; Paul never mentions empty tombs or physical appearances. In Galatians 1:12&16
&Acts 9:3-6 he states that he first met Jesus in a "vision" on the road to Damascus, not in flesh. Then in 1Corinthians
15:6-8 Paul states how Peter, James, the Twelve Disciples and hundreds of others saw the "risen Jesus" in   
essentially the same type of "vision" he saw. Moreover, when we examine the Gospels closely, it is obvious that the 
physical aspect of Jesus' resurrection was a growing legend. For example, Mark was written first between
65-70 A.D.; we can see that Mark 16:9-20 was never part of the bible; however, in an effort to make the growing
legend appear more believable, we have Bible writers inserting verses that never existed in the original text.
For example, first Mark is written and then Matthew is written with the addition of a huge "earthquake" and then 
one angel and then two angels and so on and so forth. Finally, John is written last and in a very valiant effort
to create evidence that the resurrection was physical, he adds many details about nail marks (John 20:20,25)
What probably happened was after Mark was written in 70 A.D., Christians groups were faced with redefining
their community. This is because Jerusalem fell to the Romans in 70 A.D. and it was a very difficult time
for earlier Christians; therefore, scripture flourished.
MARK 16  (written 65-70 A.D.) vs MATTHEW 28: (written 80-85 A.D.) vs LUKE 24: (written 75-90 A.D.) vs JOHN 20 (written 90-100 A.D.)
When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James,   After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other   On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women    Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene 
and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus' body.   Mary went to look at the   took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found   went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the 
2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the    tomb. 2 There was a violent  earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven   the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they   entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple,
tomb 3 and they asked each other, "Who will roll the stone away from the entrance    and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His     did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering   the one Jesus loved, and said, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb,
of the tomb?" 4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very   appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.   about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning    and we don't know where they have put him!" 3 So Peter and the other disciple  
large, had been rolled away. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man   4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. 5 The angel   stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their    started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran
dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. 6 "Don't be   said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.   faces to the ground, but the men said to them,   "Why do you look   Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of  
alarmed," he said. "You are looking for     Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go   for the living among the dead?   linen lying there but did not go in. 6
Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his   quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into   6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:   Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as
disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.'" 8 Trembling and   Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you." 8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled    7 "The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be   well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus' head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the 
bewildered, the women went out and fled   with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly,   raised again.'" Then they remembered   linen. 8 Finally the other disciple, who
from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone because they were afraid.    Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said.   his words. 9 When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to   had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9 (They
The most reliable manuscripts and other ancient witnesses do not have Mark 16:9-20     They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."   the Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles.   still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to their homes, 11 but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she 
9 When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven    11 While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened.   11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12 Peter however, got up   bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus' body had been, one at the head 
seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping. 11 When they heard   12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money,   and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away,     and the other at the foot. 13 They asked her, "Woman, why are you crying?" "They have taken my Lord  
that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it. 12 Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two   13 telling them, "You are to say, 'His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.'   wondering to himself what had happened. 13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called   away," she said, "and I don't know where they have put him." 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus 
of them while they were walking in the country. 13 These returned and reported it to   14 If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble." 15 So the soldiers   Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking  with   standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. 15 "Woman," he
the rest; but they did not believe them either. 14 Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for    took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.   each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and    said, "why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?" Thinking he was the gardener, she said, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where 
their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.     16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some   walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him. 17 He asked them, "What are you discussing    you have put him, and I will get him." 16 Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned toward him and cried out in 
15 He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be    doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,   together as you walk along?" They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him,   Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said, "Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to  
saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my    baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And   "Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?"   the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them. 'I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God
name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues, 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they    surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."   19 "What things?" he asked. "About Jesus of Nazareth," they replied. "He was a prophet, powerful in word and   and your God.'" 18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: "I have seen the Lord!" And she told 
drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well."     deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and   them that he had said these things to her. 19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were
19 After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them; he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. 20 Then the disciples     they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is   together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with 
went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.     the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this    you!" 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the  
    morning 23 but didn't find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive.   Lord. 21 Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me. I am sending you." 22 And with that
    24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not   he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone his sins, they are  
    see." 25 He said to them, "How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have    forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven." 24 Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve,
    spoken! 26 Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?" 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. 28 As they    was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand
    approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him   into his side, I will not believe it." 26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked,
    strongly, "Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over." So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at the table with them, he took   Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" 27 Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out  
    bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and   your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe." 28 Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!" 
    he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on  the road and    29 Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."
    opened the Scriptures to us?" 33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, "It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon."   30 Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in  
    35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the   his name
    bread. 36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, "Peace be   
    with you." 37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them. "Why are you    
    troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see;  
    a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see I have." 40 When he had said this; he showed them his hands and    
    feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, "Do you have anything  
    here to eat?" 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence. 44 He said to them. "This  
    is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of    
    Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms." 45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, "This is what is written:  
    The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance and forgiveness of sins  
    will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these  
    things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed  with power from on high."  
    50 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. 51 While he   
    was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. 52 Then they worshipped him and returned to  
    Jerusalem with great joy. 53 And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.