R. C. Sproul on the Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Angels at the tomb of Christ

The Crucifixion:


The Resurrection:


The Angels at the Tomb:


“The truth of the Christian faith stands or falls on the reality of angels” – R. C. Sproul

2 Kings 6:16-17

“Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

Matthew and Mark indicate at least one angel (Matthew 28:2-3 “an angel”; Mark 16:5 – a man in a white robe); Luke says two angels (two men in dazzling apparel – Luke 24:4) ; John 20:12 – “two angels in white” – Matthew and Mark  do not sayonly one angel” or “only one man in white dazzling clothes”, so the focus on the one angel in Matthew and Mark is no big deal and not a contradiction.  If there are two angels, there is at least one angel.  There is no contradiction.

Angels announced the birth of Messiah and were at His birth:  Matthew chapters 1-2 and Luke chapters 1-2

Angels ministered to Jesus after His temptation – Matthew 4:11 and Mark 1:13

“of course they were at the cross” – R. C. Sproul – guarding the Messiah

Matthew 26:53 – “don’t you know I could call for legions of angels to defend Me?”

the angels at the tomb – Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24

The Greatest words ever spoken were not spoken by a human being, but by angels.

Mark 16:1-8

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might come and anoint Him.Very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. They were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” Looking up, they *saw that the stone had been rolled away, although it was extremely large. Entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him.  But go, tell His disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see Him, just as He told you.’” They went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had gripped them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

The angels in heaven giving praise to God the Father (the one who sits on the throne) and the Lamb (Jesus the Son) – Revelation chapter 5


About Ken Temple

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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