Saturday, February 23, 2013

Jesus Resurrected - Christ's Risen Appearances

What Is The Resurrection Of Jesus?

The four Gospels of the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) are the story of Jesus Christ's birth, life, miracles, resurrection, and salvation of sinners.  This post deals specifically with the resurrection of Christ.

Jesus told his disciples, "...the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again," Mark 8:31.

To rise or be risen according to the Websters 1828 dictionary is: "To be revived from death."  So when Jesus tells his disciples that he will "be killed, and after three days rise again," he's telling his disciples that he will die and after three days come back to life.  This is important because Jesus is the Son of God and was killed for sins he didn't commit so that we could escape the punishment for our own sins.  Instead of just dying however, Jesus defeated death and came back to life.  He wasn't re-created as a new person, he physically got up from his place of death (rose) and became alive again.  When his followers went to his tomb to find him after three days, he was gone, and began appearing to people in the area to prove that he was alive again.  

A lot of people saw Christ alive after they had seen him killed (proof that he did die, and that he did rise and that his body wasn't just stolen or misplaced).  Take a look at the resurrection appearances of Christ:

John 20:11-18 Christ appears to Mary Magdalene:
"But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her."

Matthew 28:8-10 Christ appears to other women: 
"And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.  And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.  Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me."

Matthew 28:16-20 Jesus is seen in Galilee: 
"Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.  And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen."

Luke 24:34 Jesus appears to Peter:
"Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon."

Luke 24:36-43/John 20:19-25 Jesus shows himself to the ten disciples:
Luke 24:36-43 "And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.  But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.  And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?  Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.  And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.  And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?  And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.  And he took it, and did eat before them." 

John 20:19-25 "Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.  And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.  Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.  And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.  But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.  The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe."

It's important to note here that people saw Christ eating.  Some will claim that Christ came back as a ghost, but ghosts don't eat food.  It's also important to note that he showed them his pierced hands and side to show that he wasn't in a new re-created body, but that his body that had died was risen as is and came back to life.

John 20:26-29 Jesus shows himself to Thomas and the ten disciples:
"And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.  Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.  And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.  Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed."

Luke 24:13-53/Acts 1:4-12 people see Christ's ascension: (scriptures here are too long to post.  Click the links to see them).

1 Corinthians 15:6 Five hundred people see Jesus alive:
"After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep."

1 Corinthians 15:7 James and the apostles see Jesus:
"After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles."

Acts 9:1-6/Acts 18:9-10/Acts 22:1-8/Acts 23:11/Acts 26:12-18/1 Corinthians 15:8 Paul (Saul) sees Jesus:
Acts 9:1-6 "And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.  And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?  And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.  And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do." 

(The other scriptures listed here about Paul are too many to post.  Click on their links to read them).

For more info about Jesus you can check out the Timeline of Jesus, read about how Jesus gets us to Heaven by his sacrifice,  learn about the Body of Christ, or start reading about the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

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