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After the resurrection, Jesus appeared in a locked room with the disciples. Why then, was the tombstone moved at all?
Thank you for posting such an interesting question regarding the resurrection. It is also very encouraging that you are taking these things seriously and trying to build your faith.
It’s good to have questions and seek answers from them. But I would like to encourage you to also ask these questions with your local Church leaders.
The Bible does not give any direct reason for why the stone was rolled away as Jesus was able to walk through the closed room, or the stone if he chose to. It simply states that that is what occurred. Therefore any answer I give is simply my own interpretation of the text and why these things happened.
After reading all of the Gospel accounts of the resurrection I believe that there are three key parts to this, which I will try and explain:
1) Jesus had the tomb uncovered to prove that he was not there any more. If the stone had not been rolled away then no one would know he had left. This can be seen by the angel’s message to the women in Matthew 28:2-6:
And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.
2) Jesus walked through the closed room to prove that he was risen, alive, but now somehow different. This also confirmed that he had left the tomb.
Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God". (John 20:26-28)
3) Jesus ate food and had the disciples touch him to prove that he was still human and that he was not a ghost.
As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marvelling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate before them. (Luke 24:36-42)
All of these things together show us, the readers, that Jesus is risen and alive; that he conquered death and sin for us; that he is still fully human, but he is now somehow different. Jesus is fully God and fully man. He died to forgive us and give us new life.
Jesus said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations". (Luke 24:46-47)
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