After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4 For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. 5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he[a] lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead,[b] and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” 8 So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of 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.”
—Gospel of Matthew
Gary: The author of the Gospel of Mark tells us that the women went to the tomb with spices to anoint Jesus’ body. That makes sense because if you read the Marcan account, Joseph of Arimathea did not anoint the body (he didn’t even wash it!). But why would Matthew’s women go to the tomb if they knew it was sealed and guarded by troops?
That makes no sense.
It is as if the only reason they go to the tomb is to discover it empty!
Sounds like a made-up plot to me.
These four books were not written by eyewitnesses!