The death and resurrection of Christ is an illustration of the gospel message. Christ begins his ministry with "deny yourself" meaning one must deny the self itself. This is the root of humanity's problem.For the sake of any visitors to this forum I'd like to give this thread a bump up. I believe it's a very important topic and would like to see some fresh discussion on it.
When Adam entertains this idea that he would like to be just like God knowing good and evil, he has already separated himself conceptually from God. In his mind, he believes that he is somehow separate from God, and that God is now no longer able to see what is going on. He thinks he can hide from God because he no longer identifies with God. It's the first recorded case of identity politics, and God humors Adam by pointing out that when he does this, he will die because he no longer identifies with the life within him, but with the dirt that houses the breath of life.
Jesus points out that whatever you do to anyone, you do to him. These sundry ideas we all have of ourselves aren't real. Any halfway decent textbook on early childhood development will affirm this fact. Paul and Christ point out this fact repeatedly by saying things like "apart from me, you can do nothing", or "not me, but Christ in me" etc.
So when the women approach the tomb, and see Christ, messengers, or gardeners, these are all depicting the same thing from different perspectives. They are receiving the gospel message so one gospel writer complies with this fact by depicting angels (a word which literally means "messenger").
Another gospel writer simply presents Christ himself, but notes that these women cannot touch him, at least not literally because the reality is that though it is ultimately Christ, it is also just some gardeners who have stated some aspect of the gospel that jars their reality.
The two on their way to Emmaus likewise suddenly "see" Christ while they're sharing a meal with a complete stranger. Then when they're all locked up in a room, suddenly they all begin to see Christ "in the flesh" which is to say that they suddenly begin to see Christ in each other.
Physical bodies do not suddenly appear and disappear, but these revelations do, and the gospel writers are depicting this fact with these references. The fact that only they see the risen Christ is more than enough proof that the resurrection isn't depicting the revival of a corpse, but the existential reality of Christ alive in his newest creation; the children of God.