If you’ve read the Gospels there’s only a matter of time before you run into a variation of an event. One Gospel says that a certain event occurred one way while another Gospel may say it happened slightly different. For instance, the account of the empty tomb. No two Gospels describe this event identically. The Gospel of Matthew says that two women (Mary Magdalene and the other Mary) arrived at dawn and that an Angel came down from Heaven, rolled back the stone and spoke to the women telling them that “Jesus has Risen” after which they both took off to inform the disciples. John details it that Mary Magdalene did not speak to an Angel concerning Jesus until after she had first went and told the disciples that the tomb was empty.
Do these discrepancies discredit the Gospels?
On the contrary they add credibility to the Gospels!
Variation in stories is what we should expect from eye witness testimonies!
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were written by different people at different times. If all four Gospels lined up identically, word for word it would suggest that all four authors were inclusion.
The minor discrepancies of the empty tomb do not take away from the main point that all four authors agree happened and that’s that Jesus has RISEN!