Risen Lord


The New Testament records eleven appearances of the Risen Lord:

•To Mary Magdalene at the sepulcher (John 20:11-18).

•To certain women, “the other Mary,” Salome, Joanna, and others, as they returned from the sepulcher (Matthew 28:1-10).

•To Simon Peter on the day of the Resurrection (Luke 24:34; 1 Corinthians 15:5).

•To the two disciples on the way to Emmaus on the day of the Resurrection (Luke 24:13-35).

•To the ten apostles (Thomas being absent) and others “with them,” at Jerusalem on the evening of the Resurrection day (John 20:19-24).

“On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. [Jesus] said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.’” (John 20:19-24)

•To the apostles again (Thomas being present) at Jerusalem (Mark 16:14-18; Luke 24:33-40; John 20:26-28; 1 Corinthians 15:5).

•To the disciples when fishing at the Sea of Galilee (John 21:1-3).

•To the eleven apostles, and to above 500 brethren at once, at an appointed place in Galilee (1 Corinthians 15:6).

•To James, but under what circumstances we are not informed (1 Corinthians 15:7).

•To the apostles immediately before the ascension. They accompanied Christ from Jerusalem to Mount Olivet, and there they saw Him ascend “till a cloud received Him out of their sight” (Mark 16:19; Luke 24:50-52; Acts 1:4-10).

•Christ’s manifestation of Himself to Paul at Damascus, who speaks of it as an appearance of the risen Savior (Acts 9:3-9, 17; 1 Corinthians 15:8; 9:1).

On most occasions our Lord conversed with His disciples face to face. They touched Him (Matthew 28:9; Luke 24:39; John 20:27), and He ate bread with them (Luke 24:42, 43; John 21:12, 13).

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