To Whom Did Jesus Appear after His Death?
They were the primary reason the disciples believed in the resurrection of Jesus because they witnessed Him alive after He had been declared dead. Jesus appeared to His disciples in a living state on a number of occasions throughout His ministry. It is as a result of this that we see them testifying time and time again to the fact that they were eyewitnesses to His resurrection. Because the disciples had direct knowledge of the resurrection, they provide a significant argument in favor of the resurrection of Christ.
The Testimony of Jesus Regarding His Resurrection Jesus’ own personal witness of His resurrection from the dead is the first piece of evidence.
And I am in possession of the keys of death and Hades (Revelation 1:18).
Take a look at my fingers and toes.
- You can feel my flesh and bones, and you will realize that a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you can see I do (Luke 24:39).
- The following were the people who made an appearance.
- Mary Magdalene was the first person to see Jesus after he ascended into heaven.
- ‘Woman, what is the cause of your tears?’ Jesus inquired.
- She turned to face him and said, ‘Rabboni!’ (which translates as ‘Teacher’) (John 20:14-16).
- Mary the Mother of James, Salome, and Joanna are three of the most important women in the Bible.
- This occurred following the apparition of Jesus to Mary Magdalene.
And lo and behold, Jesus came up to them and welcomed them.
Once again, we are treated to an unexpected appearance.
Peter When Paul mentions witnesses, Peter is the first to come to mind, and he is also the first of the apostles to view the resurrected Christ.
The gospels are utterly deafeningly quiet about the specifics of this gathering.
On the Road to Emmaus, There Were Two Disciples Later on Easter Sunday, Jesus appeared to two disciples on the road to Emmaus, according to the Gospel of Luke.
And they were having a conversation with one another about all that had happened.
However, they were unable to recognize him because of their eyesight (Luke 24:13-16).
It was in reality because they had lost faith in Him that they were departing from Jerusalem.
This is the final of Jesus’ five appearances on Easter Sunday, and it is the most dramatic.
It is reported in both Luke’s and John’s gospels, providing us with two completely separate versions of what occurred in that day.
Following his statement, he demonstrated his hands and his side to the group of onlookers.
However, Thomas, one of the twelve disciples, known as Didymus, was not there when Jesus appeared (John 20:19, 20, 24).
It was eight days later when He reappeared, this time with Thomas in attendance.
Jesus entered through the closed doors and stood in the center of the crowd, saying, “Peace to you!” “Reach your finger here and look at my hands,” he instructed Thomas.
‘Do not be unbelievers, but rather believers.” After that, Thomas responded by exclaiming to him, ‘My Lord and My God!
Another appearance took place on the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus appeared to seven disciples.
Simon Peter, Thomas named Didymus, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, as well as two other disciples, were all present at the same time (John 21:1, 2).
Additionally, the story of Jesus coming before His eleven disciples in Galilee is told in the Bible.
And when they saw him, they worshipped him; nevertheless, some were hesitant to do so (Matthew 28:16, 17).
On another instance, Jesus appeared to over 500 individuals at the same time on a single date.
James In addition, the Bible claims that Jesus appeared to His half-brother James.
The specifics of this apparition have not been documented.
And as he went, he drew close to Damascus, at which point a halo of light flashed around him from above.
In response, the Lord responded, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting” (Acts 9:3-5).
They were successful in convincing His disciples that He had resurrected from the grave.
Furthermore, Jesus demonstrated to them that he was alive after his suffering via several persuasive demonstrations, coming to them over a period of forty days and spoke of matters pertaining to the kingdom of God (Acts 1:3) SummaryAccording to the Bible, Jesus made a number of public appearances following His death.
In the Bible, it is expressly stated that on Easter Sunday, Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene, the ladies who came to Jesus’ tomb (Mary the Mother of James, Salome, and Joanna), Peter, and two disciples who were traveling on the Emmaus road.
Later, he appeared in front of them with Thomas in attendance.
During another appearance, he was in front of more than five hundred individuals at the same time.
The character James makes an appearance as well. At long last, Jesus appeared to Saul of Tarsus, the man who would go on to become known as the Apostle Paul. Any of these appearances convinced His disciples that He had risen from the grave beyond all reasonable doubts.
The Tomb of Jesus on Resurrection Morning
1And after the sabbath had passed, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went out and bought spices so that they may come and anoint him. 2And they arrive to the tomb very early in the morning on the first day of the week, before the sun has even risen. Moreover, they were discussing among themselves who would be responsible for rolling away the stone from the tomb’s entrance. 4When they glance up, they notice that the stone has been rolled back, because it was quite large. After entering the tomb, they noticed a young guy seated on the right side, wearing a white robe, and they were astounded by his appearance.
- Behold, the place where they laid him!” 7But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you into Galilee, and that there you will see him, just as he promised you.
- They rushed from the tomb, terrified and amazed, and they said nothing to anybody because they were too scared to say anything.
- 10She went to them and informed them that she had been with him, as they sobbed and lamented.
- 12And following these things, Jesus appeared to two of them in a different shape as they went through the countryside on their way into the country.
Gospel of Matthew28
One evening on the sabbath, as it started to dawn toward the beginning of the following week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to view the tomb. Then there was a huge earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came, rolled aside the stone, and sat down on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his raiment was as white as snow: 4and the onlookers trembled in horror of him, and they were as lifeless as dead men. “Fear not, ye ladies; for I know that you seek Jesus, who has been crucified,” the angel stated in response to their question.
Come and visit the location where the Lord was buried.
8And they hurried away from the tomb, terrified and filled with great gladness, and hastened to tell his disciples what had happened.
When they are afraid, Jesus says to them, “Do not be afraid; go tell my brethren that they are going into Galilee, and there they will see me.”
Gospel of Luke24
1However, on the first day of the week, at the crack of dawn, they arrived at the tomb, carrying with them the spices that they had prepared the night before. 2And they discovered that the stone had been moved away from the grave. 3And when they entered, they discovered that the corpse of the Lord Jesus had not been found. 4And it happened that, while they were bewildered about what was going on, two men appeared beside them, dressed in brilliant apparel: 5And when they became frightened and dropped their heads to the ground, they asked them, “Why are you looking for the living among the dead?” they replied.
8And they recalled his words, 9and when they returned from the tomb, they informed the eleven and the rest of the group about everything that had happened.
These statements seemed to them as though they were mere chit-chat, and they did not take them seriously. 12However, Peter arose and dashed to the tomb, where, kneeling and peering in, he discovers the linen cloths by themselves; and he returned to his house, perplexed by what had transpired.
Gospel of John20
1Now, on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene arrives at the tomb early in the morning, when it is still dark, and witnesses the stone being removed from the tomb. 2As a result, she flees and arrives at the tomb, where she confronts Simon Peter and the other disciple whom Jesus adored, telling them that they have carried the Lord away from the tomb and that they do not know where they have buried him. 3. Peter and the other disciple then stepped out into the street and began walking toward the tomb.
- 6As a result, Simon Peter comes after him and enters the tomb, where he sees the linen cloths laying and the napkin, which had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a separate position from the linen cloths.
- 9Because they were unaware of the scripture’s prophecy that he would rise from the grave.
- 9At the same time, Mary was standing outside the tomb, sobbing; while she sobbed, she knelt and peered inside the tomb; 12and she sees two angels in white seated, one at the head and one at the foot of the tomb, where the body of Jesus had laid.
- 14After she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, completely unaware that it was Jesus who had appeared.
- Who is it that you are looking for?
- She turns to face him and addresses him in Hebrew as Rabboni, which translates as Teacher.
- 18 Mary Magdalene appears and informs the disciples that she has had a vision of the Lord and that he has spoken these things unto her.
Is it still dark (in the case of John), or has dawn broken (in the case of Mark and Matthew)?
Is Mary Magdalene all by herself (John)?
Are you talking about Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome (Mark)?
What do you notice when you first arrive?
Are they men (in the case of Luke), or one young man (in the case of Matthew), or an angel (in the case of Mark), or two angels (in the case of John)?
Mark makes it quite clear that Peter was not there at the grave.
Matthew did not have Peter or the disciples come to the tomb at all, according to the Gospel of Matthew.
After spending time in the tomb, Peter returns home rather than returning to the disciples.
They then return to their respective residences. Nevertheless, Mary is still present, and she witnesses the appearance of two angels, followed by the appearance of Jesus, whom she does not know, and she engages in conversation with him.
What Skeptical Scholars Admit about the Resurrection Appearances of Jesus
On June 26, 2000, the television network ABC broadcasted a documentary titled The Search for Jesus. Peter Jennings, the network’s most prominent news anchor, conducted interviews with liberal and conservative experts of early Christianity to learn more about what we may learn about Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection from historical records. The series came to a close with a powerful speech from New Testament scholar Paula Fredriksen, who is not herself a Christian. In response to questions about Jesus’ post-Resurrection appearances, Fredriksen stated, “I know that what they saw was the risen Jesus in their own words.” That’s what they claim, and then all of the historical information we have afterwards confirms their belief that this is exactly what they witnessed.
- I was not present.
- But, as a historian, I’m confident that they must have witnessed something significant.
- Fredriksen is not the only one who believes that these followers must have witnessed something unusual.
- This is what sparked the birth of the world’s most populous religion.
- Two thousand years later, the message of Jesus’ death and resurrection is being preached by billions of Christians in almost every country and in nearly every language spoken on the face of the planet Earth.
A Bedrock Confession
The Search for Jesus was a documentary that broadcast on ABC on June 26, 2000. A panel of liberal and conservative academics of early Christianity were questioned by the network’s main news anchor, Peter Jennings, regarding what we can learn about Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection from historical sources. New Testament scholar Paula Fredriksen, who is not a Christian, made a powerful declaration at the conclusion of the series. Speaking about Jesus’ post-Resurrection appearances, Fredriksen stated, “What they saw was the risen Jesus, in their own words,” according to Fredriksen.
Not that they actually saw the risen Jesus, but I’m not denying that they did.
They may have seen something, but I’m not sure.
For lack of a better phrase, she is acknowledging that the best available historical evidence confirms that followers of Jesus such as Mary Magdalene, Jesus’ brother James, Peter and the other disciples, and even an enemy (Paul) were absolutely convinced that the crucified man Jesus appeared to them alive, having been raised from the dead.
Fredriksen is not alone in this belief.
As a result, the world’s largest religion was established.
Twenty-thousand years later, the message of Jesus’ death and resurrection is being preached by billions of Christians in virtually every country and in nearly every language spoken on the face of the globe. I’m curious as to what all of these people saw.
The Magic Wand of ‘Mass Hysteria’
Some historians have hypothesized that the eyewitnesses to the Resurrection were just hallucinating in order to explain away these appearances of the Resurrection. Dale Allison, a New Testament scholar, has written a great book, Resurrecting Jesus, in which he analyzes the scientific research and literature on hallucinations that have been published. He finds that in documented occurrences, there are four things that do not occur, as follows: (or rarely happen). For starters, hallucinations are seldom witnessed by many individuals or groups over a prolonged period of time, according to research.
Third, no evidence has ever been shown to support the claim that a deceased person has been revived.
(It’s also worth noting that hallucinations are not often associated with the founding of global movements or the establishment of world religions.) Nonetheless, in the case of Jesus’ resurrection appearances, every single one of these extremely unusual or seemingly impossible situations has come to occur in the same instance.
Even if one person has a hallucination, twelve people at the same time?
“These are valid concerns, and waving the magical wand of’mass hysteria’ will not make them go away.” “Mass hysteria is not a panacea for all problems.”
In the face of such a compelling historical record, the only alternative option offered by credible experts is some form of “I don’t know.” “That Jesus’ followers (and later Paul) had Resurrection experiences is, in my opinion, a fact,” argues noted New Testament scholar E. P. Sanders in The Historical Figure of Jesus. “That Jesus’ followers (and later Paul) had Resurrection experiences is, in my opinion, a fact.” “I have no idea what the reality was that gave rise to the experiences.” Jordan Peterson, a well-known professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, is also included in this group of individuals.
Upon being questioned explicitly if Jesus had truly arose from the grave, Peterson said, “I’d need to think about it for approximately three more years before I’d even attempt a response beyond what I’ve already said.” The cautious-point agnostic’s of view is one that ought to be heard.
Nonetheless, if someone with an open mind and heart, such as Peterson, pursues the evidence wherever it goes, I am confident that he will find himself at Jesus’ feet, saying with Thomas, “My Lord and my God!” (See also John 20:28.)
The remarkable character of Jesus’ resurrection reminds me of a moment from Shakespeare’sHamlet, which is one of my favorite scenes in all of literature. The play starts with the “wondrous weird” apparition of Hamlet’s deceased father to Bernardo and Marcellus, and then to Hamlet’s friend Horatio, which are described as “wondrous odd” in nature. As the skeptic of the group, Horatio is challenged by Hamlet to reconsider his skepticism about supernatural events in the following exchange: But this is amazing weird!
- In any case, as a stranger, please accept my greetings.
- When Shakespeare communicates via Hamlet, he is advising us to be prepared for the unthinkable.
- It is, without a doubt, marvelous and weird that the ghost of Hamlet’s father is coming to people, but do not dismiss it just on the basis of this fact.
- Everything in our magnificent planet (and beyond) is happening at a faster rate than you can possibly fathom.
- The ancient world, as well as present times, should be viewed with an open mind when miraculous claims are made.
The most crucial question to ask about any miracle claim is, “What proof do you have to back up your claim?” After all, even from the most critical researchers’ perspective, we have seen that the weight of the historical evidence attests that a large number of persons and groups thought they had seen the rising Jesus.
- What makes you think they’re lying?
- Moreover, we may go beyond the first century to discover how believing in the Resurrection lay the groundwork for all of Western civilization, inspiring some of the world’s greatest works of art and literature as well as works of music, film, philosophy, morals, and ethics.
- And if all of that isn’t enough, let our Horatios look around at the billions of people all across the globe who are willing to attest to how the living Christ has altered their lives right before their eyes.
- They have discovered in Christ all of the treasures of wisdom and understanding that can be found.
- They are looking for it in you.
- Before Easter goes away into the shuffle of regular life, ask your neighbor: What (or who) did all those witnesses witness and how did they perceive it?
- This is indeed a wondrous strangeness!
- Justin Bass is a professor of New Testament at Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary in Amman, Jordan, where he lives with his wife and children.
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Post-Resurrection Appearances of Jesus: The Five Hundred Believers — Hope On Demand
Here we have the greatest number of persons who have seen Jesus at the same time since the Resurrection. The Bible says in Deuteronomy 19:15, “In the mouths of two or three witnesses let a matter be established.” In most cases, two eyewitnesses are sufficient to condemn a guilty party. “Whoever is deserving of death should be put to death on the evidence of two or three witnesses,” according to Deuteronomy 17:6. 500 persons is a large number of people! A large number of eyes are focused on the risen Savior, which should instill great faith in the veracity of His resurrection.
- Paul informs us that many individuals witnessed Jesus’ resurrection, including Peter, the 12 disciples, the more than 500 believers mentioned here, James, Jesus’ half-brother, all of the apostles, and Paul himself.
- “The Case for Christ” was written by Lee Strobel.
- The resurrection is a historical reality that cannot be denied.
- It is this that distinguishes Christianity from all other religions on the face of the earth.
- Every other religious leader, on the other hand, is long dead and buried elsewhere.
- He pays attention!
- Because He Is Still Alive!
How many people saw the risen Jesus?
When reading the New Testament, it may come as a surprise to some that, following Jesus’ resurrection, he appeared to great crowds of people on a number of different times. Is it possible to estimate how many people Jesus appeared to following his resurrection from the dead? More information may be found at: After his resurrection, how many times did Jesus appear to his followers? For starters, we know that Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9) as well as “other women” who came to the tomb to witness his resurrection (Matthew 28:9).
Following that, Jesus appeared to the disciples on the road to Emmaus, who are widely believed to have been two individuals: Thomas and Barnabas (Luke 24:12).
Matthias, who would ultimately replace Judas as one of the twelve apostles (Luke 24:36).
Paul mentions several more in his epistle to the Corinthian church.
Up to 500 people
In fact, I passed on to you as of first importance what I had also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures; that he was buried; that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures; and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve apostles and disciples. Following then, he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at the same time, the most of them are still alive, while some have passed away. Following that, Christ appeared to James, and then to the rest of the apostles.
(1 Corinthians 15:3-8; 1 Corinthians 15:9) According to St.
Furthermore, because there were so many people who saw Jesus in the flesh, the disciples of Jesus had an easier time persuading others of his resurrection because they had an excess of witnesses.
Proof that a man died and rose from the dead would have been difficult to establish, but with over 500 witnesses, the process may have been a little less difficult to do. Continue reading about the spiritual significance of Jesus’ visits on Easter Sunday.
Who saw the risen Jesus first? Mary Magdalene? Peter? Cleopas? Who?
Who was the first person to see Jesus? (MATT28:9) The Virgin Mary is the only one to whom Jesus makes his first appearance (MARK16:9). Jesus makes his first appearance solely to Mary Magdalene (LUKE24:15-18) To Cleopas and another person, Jesus makes his first public appearance (JOHN20:14) One and only Mary Magdalene is there when Jesus makes his first appearance (1Cor15:5). Jesus makes his first appearance to Cephas (PETER). Who was the first person to see Jesus? Mary Magdalene, I believe, was the first person to view the resurrected Jesus after he rose from the dead.
- This viewpoint is supported by the Bible’s passage John 20:14.
- On the basis of what I perceive to be a “compressed” or “telescoped” account presented in Matthew 28:9, I also assume that the other Mary was the second person to witness the rising Jesus.
- Mark makes no mention of the other Mary or anybody else in the story.
- There is nothing solid about Mark 16:9, save that it claims that Mary Magdalene was the first to be crucified.
- After learning that Jesus was not in the tomb, the disciples were surprised when Jesus appeared to “them” in Matthew 28:9, according to the Bible.
- Consequently, it is probable that Mary Magdalene was the first to see Jesus, and that the other Mary saw him shortly after her encounter.
- Alternatively, it’s possible that Mark 16:9 intentionally chose to focus primarily on Mary Magdalene, and that the other Mary was also in attendance.
According to Luke 24:15-18, the “women” went to the tomb and discovered that Jesus had not been found there.
He does, however, claim that Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and a lady named Joanna went to the other disciples to inform them that Jesus had risen from the dead.
Or did Joanna come upon Mary Magdalene and the other Mary as they were making their way out from the tomb to inform the others that Jesus had risen from the dead?
Luke does not mention whether or not any of the ladies had seen Jesus on their way back to the tomb.
They were the first to view the rising Jesus, although Luke does not explicitly state that they were.
According to John 20:14, Mary Magdalene encountered the rising Jesus.
Regarding the story given in 1 Corinthians 15:4, there is no indication of who was the first person to see Jesus, as there was in the previous verse.
What it does state, though, is as follows: First, Jesus was crucified, then he was risen, then Jesus appeared to Peter, and then Jesus appeared to the other Apostles.
There is nothing more or less to say.
However, there is no demonstrable inconsistency in terms of who was the first to see the resurrected Jesus.
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Who Were the Six Women Who Saw the Risen Christ?
It’s unlikely that you’d chose women as the first public witnesses in a fabricated narrative if you wanted it to be taken seriously. Jewish women may testify in matters of personal, familial, and private law, but they would not be able to serve in this capacity as public witnesses or public spokespeople. Even the testimony of many women, according to the Jewish historian Josephus, was unacceptable “because of the frivolity and boldness of their sex.” “Hysterical female. misled by. sorcery,” Celsus, the second-century opponent of Christianity, criticized the notion of Mary Magdalene as a claimed resurrection witness, referring to her as a “hysterical female.
- sorcery.” The fact that the Gospels mention women discovering the empty tomb serves as a strong indication that they were written historically.
- At times, it might be difficult to recall or even sift through the names of all of these ladies who have passed away.
- For example, this demonstrates the prevalence of particular names in first-century Galilee.
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1. Joanna (wife of Chuza)
- The first woman to discover the empty tomb (Luke 24:10)
- Her husband was Chuza, the household manager or steward of King Herod Antipas (Luke 8:3)
- She was a follower of Jesus and, along with Susanna and many others, contributed financially to Jesus’ ministry (Luke 8:3)
- She was one of the first women to discover the empty tomb (Luke 24:10)
2. Mary Magdalene
- She was a Galilean, most likely from the town of Magdala (on the west bank of the Sea of Galilee)
- Jesus rescued her from seven devils (Luke 8:2
- Mark 16:9)
- And she was baptized in the name of Jesus (Luke 8:2
- Mark 16:9). Among her many accomplishments were: becoming a follower of Jesus (Matt. 27:57)
- Witnessing the crucifixion and burial (Matt. 27:61
- Mark 15:40, 47
- John 19:25)
- Being one of the women who went to the tomb on Sunday (Mark 16:1
- John 20:1)
- Being the first person to see Jesus alive (Mark 16:9)
- Informing the other disciples of Jesus’ resurrection (Luke 24:10
3. Mary (mother of Jesus, widow of Joseph of Nazareth)
- The Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus at Bethlehem, then went to Egypt for a number of years with her son and her husband Joseph before settling in Nazareth, where they reared him. In addition to being there during Jesus’ crucifixion and burial, she observed the events leading up to his resurrection. As a result of his death on the cross, Jesus entrusted his (apparently) widowed mother to John’s care, and she moved in with him (John 19:25-27)—possibly because Mary’s other sons were not yet believers (John 7:5
- See also Matt. 13:57, Mark 3:21, 31
- Mary had at least six other children (Matt. 13:55
- Mark 6:2-3
- Acts 1:14
4. Mary (mother of James and Joses/Joseph)
- She was a witness to Jesus’ crucifixion, burial, and resurrection appearances
- Her sons were named James the Younger (hence her husband must have been named James) and Joses/Joseph (Matt. 27:61
- Mark 15:40, 47)
- She was a witness to Jesus’ crucifixion, burial, and resurrection appearances
5. Mary (wife of Clopas)
- She was a Galilean who witnessed Jesus’ crucifixion
- In John 19:25, it appears most likely that grammar indicates “his mother’s sister” = “Mary the wife of Clopas,” rather than two separate women being referenced (“his mother’s sister” + “Mary the wife of Clopas”)
- She was a Galilean who witnessed Jesus’ crucifixion
- She was a Galile As reported by the historian Eusebius, Hegesippus’ spouse Clopas was the brother of Joseph of Nazareth, according to the historian Hegesippus (Hist. Eccl.3.11
- 4.22.4). It is possible that Jesus was Mary and Clopas’ nephew
- Their son Simeon (Jesus’ cousin) rose to become the leader of the Jerusalem church, taking over from James the brother of Jesus.
6. Salome (mother of James and John)
- She was one of Jesus’ disciples in Galilee
- She was there at the crucifixion and went to the tomb on Sunday (Mark 15:40
- She was a disciple of Jesus in Galilee. Zebedee’s sons (i.e., James and John) are most likely descended from her.
How many people saw Jesus after his resurrection?
In 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, the apostle Paul provides a list of individuals to whom the resurrected Jesus shown himself. One of the most remarkable of these witnesses to the risen Jesus is a group of more than 500 individuals who appeared at the same time as the Apostle Peter and James, the brother of Jesus.
How many appearances did Jesus make after his resurrection?
A second appearance of Jesus after his resurrection is recorded in Matthew, the first to Mary Magdalene and “the other Mary” at the tomb, and the second, based on Mark 16:7, to all of the disciples on a mountain in Galilee, where he asserts his authority over all of creation and charges them with proclaiming his message throughout all of the world.
Who first saw Jesus after his resurrection?
Ninety-nine days after his resurrection, on the first day of the week, Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had driven out seven devils the day before.
She went to them and informed them she had been with him while they were mourning and crying.
How many days after the resurrection did Jesus ascend into heaven?
The Ascension is the ascent of Jesus Christ into heaven on the 40th day following his Resurrection, according to Christian tradition (Easter being reckoned as the first day).
What were the followers of Jesus doing after his crucifixion?
In the aftermath of Jesus’ death, the disciples were left feeling lost and confused, but his apparition to them and the powerfully inspiring events of Pentecost helped to restore their faith.
What did Jesus do for 40 days?
Matthew 4:11 – 11 – At that point, Jesus was brought into the desert by the Holy Spirit, where he was tempted by the devil. He had fasted for forty days and forty nights and had become hungry as a result. “If you are the Son of God, order that these stones be transformed into loaves of bread,” the tempter said as he approached him and added.
What does the resurrection of Jesus tell us?
The resurrection is essentially the Father’s unmistakable declaration that Jesus is the mighty Son of God who has defeated death and now rules as Lord of all creation (Romans 1:4; 4:25). That Jesus’ “blood of the new covenant” may rescue His people from their sins is demonstrated through the resurrection of the dead.
Who saw Jesus at the tomb?
The first day of the week, early in the morning when it was still dark, Mary Magdalene returned to the tomb and discovered that the stone had been lifted from the entrance. in which I saw two angels in white sat where Jesus’ corpse had been, one seated at the head of the cross and the other at the foot of the cross
Who saw Jesus after his death?
In 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, the apostle Paul provides a list of individuals to whom the resurrected Jesus shown himself. One of the most remarkable of these witnesses to the risen Jesus is a group of more than 500 individuals who appeared at the same time as the Apostle Peter and James, the brother of Jesus.
Who spoke with God face to face?
Ex 33:11 informs the reader that God would talk to Moses face to face, just as a man would speak to a friend in the same way. God promises Moses in Exodus 33:14-15 that He will accompany him and that His face will be with him.
How long did Lazarus live after resurrection?
St. Lazarus of Bethany, also known as Saint Lazarus of the Four Days, and venerated in the Eastern Orthodox Church as Righteous Lazarus, the Four-Days Dead, is the subject of a prominent sign of Jesus in the Gospel of John, in which Jesus raises him from the dead four days after he had been laid in a tomb.
What were Jesus last words before he ascended into heaven?
Then Jesus says to one of the two thieves crucified next to him, “Truly, I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” “Father, into your hands I submit my spirit,” he says to the other of the two thieves. (Finally, some words)
When did Jesus die the second time?
Christians believe that Jesus did not die a second time after he resurrected from the dead, as some have suggested. As an alternative, 40 days after his resurrection, Jesus was lifted up into the air, body and soul, and returned to the presence of God the Father. The ascension is the name given to this occurrence, which was observed by the eleven disciples who remained after Jesus’ death.
Where did Jesus go after death?
It is recorded in the Book of Acts that Jesus appeared to the apostles for forty days and told them to remain in Jerusalem, after which Jesus ascended into heaven, followed by Pentecost and the beginning of the early church’s missionary endeavor.
Why Did Jesus rise from the dead?
Not only did Jesus suffer and rise again so that we may be forgiven, but he also died and rose again so that we could have life, according to the Bible. We are given life as a result of His death and resurrection on the cross.
Why did Jesus stay on earth 40 days after resurrection?
Q: Why did Jesus choose to remain on Earth for 40 days rather than ascending to heaven after his death? There are several instances of the number 40 appearing in the Bible. His outward looks supported the key argument that he had defeated death and offered the promise of everlasting life in exchange for his victory.
Who was first to see Jesus after his supposed resurrection?
The entire world has heard that Jesus rose from the dead following his crucifixion. But, more importantly, did anyone actually see it? Is it possible to think that this really happened? Are there significant distinctions between Christianity and Judaism? Let’s find out in this post that has questions and answers.
Whom does the New Testament say was the first person to see Jesus after his supposed resurrection?
Readers of the New Testament have a lot of options to choose from. Paul makes the following statement: “In fact, what I also learned was that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve disciples. In the following years, he appeared to more than five hundred comrades at a time, most of whom are still alive today, but some have passed away; then he appeared to James, and then to all of the apostles; and last, as though to one who had been born too soon, he appeared to me likewise ” (1 Corinthians 15:3-8).
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- Beginning with Jesus’ supposed appearances to Cephas (1 Corinthians 15:5), who some believe to be Peter, Paul, writing many years before the Gospels or Book of Acts were written, establishes the historical context for the book.
- John 1:42, Matthew 16:18).
- Paul’s personal list of appearances is incompatible with the lists of appearances provided by the four canonical Gospels.
- It is not mentioned anywhere in the New Testament that Mary Magdalene was the first person to reportedly see Jesus upon his alleged resurrection.
- The evangelists, on the other hand, make no mention of an apparition before James, as described by Paul, or of an appearance in front of a multitude of five hundred individuals.
- Is Cephas a reference to Simon Peter, who was referred to as Cephas at various points in his life?
However, at no point in the New Testament is the apostle Simon Peter, or anyone else associated with him, reported as having seen Jesus prior to the purported appearance to the eleven apostles as a group.
Some speculate that Paul stated that this Simon was a reference to Simon Peter for an unknown purpose.
Possibly, Paul included the claim that Simon Peter saw Jesus as a means of enhancing the credibility of his own theological teachings on the significance of the resurrection.
The fact that Paul was completely unaware that his letters would be saved and later extensively shared must not be forgotten.
Those who disagreed with him were simply labeled as “fake instructors,” according to him.
The mention of James by Paul is characterized by the same ambiguity and lack of interest in the facts that were present in the case of Cephas.
A total of three distinct Jameses were involved in the life of Jesus, according to historical records. Which of these individuals is claimed to have witnessed the resurrected Jesus? When and where did Cephas and James first come face to face with Jesus?
Can one truly base one’s belief on such feeble evidence?
It is noteworthy that these visits to Peter and James are not recounted in any of the four Gospels or the Book of Acts. According to the Gospels, Jesus appeared first to either Mary Magdalene and the other Mary (Matthew 28:9) or to Mary Magdalene alone, as in Mark and John (Mark 16:9, John 20:18), or to two men, Cleopas (Luke 24:18) and Simon (Luke 24:19), before anybody else (Luke 24:34). According to the Gospels, the latter was not Peter, as he is said to have been there with “the eleven” who had convened in Jerusalem (Luke 24:33).
When those who documented the reported post-resurrection sightings cannot agree on who and when Jesus supposedly appeared, there is no reason for anybody to believe in the resurrection event.
NOTE FROM THE EDITORS: This is another another illustration of the fundamental differences between Christianity and Judaism.
The Sequence of Christ’s Post-Resurrection Appearances
Some individuals believe that the Gospel descriptions of Jesus’ post-Resurrection appearances are inconsistent in terms of the places, witnesses, and time of his appearances. We are admonished by Scripture to constantly be prepared with responses (1 Peter 3:15) for the hope that we have in ourselves. Because these solutions, as well as our everlasting hope, are predicated on the reality of Christ’s Resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:17), we must sort through some of the “many infallible proofs” (Acts 1:3) that the Bible provides.
Contradictory or Complementary Accounts?
So, where precisely did Jesus show up, and to whom did he appear? On the basis of the word “to the mountain,” some have questioned the internal coherence of the Bible’s text. Once they had reached Galilee, they went to the mountain that Jesus had designated as a meeting place. When they saw Him, they worshipped Him, but others were skeptics about His identity. Is it possible that Jesus appeared to the eleven disciples on a hillside in Galilee or in Jerusalem behind closed doors? (Matthew 28:16–17, emphasis added) Is this story in Matthew in conflict with those in Mark, Luke, and John, or is it in agreement with them?
(Matthew 16:14) As a result, they woke up at the crack of dawn and returned to Jerusalem, where they saw the eleven and others who were with them gathered together, proclaiming, “The Lord has certainly risen, and has appeared to Simon!” On the breaking of bread, they shared their stories of what had transpired on the trip, as well as how He had been known to them during the journey.
- “Peace be with you,” Jesus said to them that same evening, which was the first day of the week, when the doors to where the disciples were gathered were closed out of fear of the Jews.
- When the disciples finally saw the Lord, they were overjoyed.
- Beginning on Resurrection Sunday, He “showed himself alive.
- The apostles stood by and watched as he descended from Mount Olivet, which is near Jerusalem (Acts 1:9–12).
- In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul includes a summary statement that includes information on these appearances as well as others that were not reported in the Gospels or Acts.
- After then, He was seen by over five hundred brethren all at once, the vast majority of whom are still alive today, though some have passed away.
Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:3–7, We know that those appearances included a meeting with Cephas (Peter), a later appearance to “the twelve,” and a subsequent appearance to almost five hundred individuals at once, the vast majority of whom were still living eyewitnesses at the time Paul composed his letter.
Eleven or Twelve?
Some may argue that Paul was incorrect in referring to “the twelve” since that Judas is no longer alive. Although Matthias had taken over as betrayer at the time Paul wrote this letter (Acts 1:20–26), Paul was still writing it. It is noteworthy that the eleven unanimously decided that the successor would have to be a man who had been with them from the time of the Lord’s baptism until the day He ascended. 1 In fact, one of the primary goals of this appointment was to ensure that the new apostle would serve as a testimony to the Resurrection of Christ.
This scenario serves as a reminder that Jesus had a large number of followers in addition to the twelve apostles.
Prior to attempting to reconcile the four different Gospel versions of the women’s acts, it is necessary to consider their early appearances on Resurrection Sunday. The gospels of Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, and John 20 all begin with the arrival of the ladies (including Mary Magdalene) at the tomb of Jesus. 2 They discover it to be empty, with the stone removed. After the initial visit to the tomb, we advise that Mary Magdalene be secluded from the other ladies for a while. The implication is that she raced out to locate Peter and the “other disciple” (John).
- 3 Mary Magdalene informed them that the body of the Lord had gone stolen, according to John 20:1–2.
- She witnessed the angels in the tomb, inquired about Jesus’s whereabouts, and then had her own discussion with Jesus.
- A new verse, found in Mark 16:9–11, states that Mary Magdalene was the first person to whom Jesus appeared, and that the disciples did not accept her tale.
- As Luke recounted, they were startled when they learned there were two angels present.
- The angel instructs the women to go inform the disciples and Peter that Jesus has risen from the dead and would meet them in Galilee, alluding to Peter’s isolation from the rest of the group following his denial and implying that he was not with the rest of the group.
- It’s possible that they narrowly missed Peter and John, who were on their way to the tomb at the time.
- Following His appearance to Mary Magdalene, Jesus went to the ladies who were on their way to the city, reinforcing the message that they should go tell His brethren that He would be in Galilee when they saw Him for themselves.
They were overjoyed to convey the message after meeting with Him. The fact that “the eleven and all the others” eventually learned of Christ’s Resurrection through all of the women, including Mary Magdalene, is summarized in Luke 24:9–11. No one, however, took them seriously.
The Empty Tomb and Beyond
Another significant incident occurred on that Sunday morning, according to Matthew 28:11–15. The leading priests were informed of what had occurred by the guards. The leading priests concocted and circulated the story that the disciples had taken the body while the guards were sleeping, with the assistance of bribes in the appropriate places. The fact that the tomb was indeed empty was verified for all time by this act of defiance. On that particular Sunday, none of the events mentioned in the subsequent verses of Matthew 28 took place.
- As a result, this event occurred after some of the events reported in the other Gospels.
- A brief account of the first is found inLuke 24:13–35 and a longer one in Mark 16:12–13.
- In the course of their journey, they had a chance encounter with Jesus, who gave them an eye-opening Bible lecture in which He revealed how the Old Testament Scriptures had been fulfilled via His suffering, death, and resurrection.
- When they arrived, they discovered that the Lord had also had a personal encounter with Simon Peter before to their arrival.
- To long last, we get at the passages in question.
- “The eleven gathered together” and “those who were with them,” according to Luke 24:33, were the recipients of the Emmaus road pair’s story.
- Perhaps Thomas had gone out for some reason or was simply not there at the moment, and the name “the eleven” was used to refer to the group of disciples following Judas’ death as a generic description of the company of disciples.
- Unlike Mark and Luke, Matthew did not record any of Christ’s visits to “the eleven” on that day while remaining in the city, although Mark and Luke did.
- During these two visits in Jerusalem, He reassured His supporters that He was, in fact, still alive.
In Matthew 28:16–17 and John 21, however, the Galilean sightings are detailed, although they are not documented in Mark or Luke. According to Matthew 28:16, the eleven disciples traveled to Galilee, where they presumably waited for Jesus to arrive as He had promised in the word provided by the women. According to John 21, Peter and six other people made the decision to go fishing together. Jesus directed them to throw their nets on the other side of the boat from where they were now fishing. When the disciples arrived on the shore, they saw Jesus preparing breakfast for them.
- This was “the third time Jesus presented Himself to His disciples after He was risen from the grave,” according to John, indicating that it was the third time He appeared to them as a group after He was raised from the dead (John 21:14).
- Following Jesus’ seashore apparition, he appeared on the scheduled mountain in Galilee (Matthew 28:16–17), which took place a short time later.
- We are taken to Galilee, where we will see Jesus in his promised appearance, after the parenthetical remarks concerning the tale the Jewish officials created to explain away the missing corpse in the preceding verses.
- By this time, knowledge of Christ’s predicted arrival would have spread throughout His large number of disciples, giving them ample time to prepare for it.
When the disciples saw Jesus there, they worshipped Him, though some of them were still skeptical. The eleven had already met Jesus more than once, and some had even had a meal with Him, therefore the phrase “some doubted” is most likely referring to those who had not before seen Him.
After appearing on the mountain, we learn from 1 Corinthians 15:7 that Jesus met with His half-brother James, who was there. While we cannot be certain of the location of this encounter, it seems likely that it took place in Galilee, given that this is where Jesus and James grew up and where James appears in the Gospel accounts (Matthew 12:46–50; cf. Matthew 13:55). Wherever this occurred, it appears to have served as a trigger for James, who had before identified himself as a skeptic (John 7:5), to come to believe that his half-brother was and continues to be the Son of God.
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He delivered them their final instructions before ascending to the throne of God in victory.
Assuming the infallibility of Scripture and, as a result, the veracity of the eyewitness stories, here is one conceivable post-Resurrection/pre-Ascension chronology that may account for all that has been revealed to us in God’s Holy Scripture. 4 As the suggested timeline above demonstrates, there are no inconsistencies in the narratives of Jesus’ post-Resurrection appearances after his death and resurrection. A good reporter piecing together a story from reliable eyewitnesses is what we must do when studying God’s Word.
As a whole, these tales convey the most essential truth in all of human history: that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died for our sins and rose again, defeating sin and death for the sake of our redemption and the glory of the Father.