What happened after Christ’s resurrection?

On Sunday I attempted to detail, as much as possible, all the things that Jesus did AFTER His resurrection and BEFORE His ascension. This would have been 40 days, as noted in Acts 1:1-3

“The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when He was taken up to heaven, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen. To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God”

It’s difficult to be exactly precise with these details as the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) record things differently based on the perspective of the authors (and likely based on their memory, as these books were written 30-60 years after Christ’s death). The following is a list (by no means exhaustive) of some of the things Jesus did during those 40 days.

  • Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene (John 20:11-18) (756)
  • He appears to two other disciples and has communion with them (Luke 24:13-16, 28-31) (This was Cleopas and either his wife or Simon Peter or possibly someone else–see Luke 24:33-35 or John 19:25)
  • He appears to the disciples (John 20:19-23)
  • He appears to Thomas 8 days later (John 20:26)
  • He did more miracles (John 20:30 and 21:25)
  • He appears at the Sea of Tiberias and has breakfast with the disciples (John 21:1-14)
  • He restores Peter (John 21:15-19)
  • He blessed them and ascended (Luke 24:50)

A few things worth noting include:

  • If Jesus appeared to Peter after Mary Magdalene (as Luke 24:34 makes the assumption that Jesus had already appeared to “Simon” who was most likely Simon Peter). There is however, no other mention of this story anywhere. Regardless, I love the fact that Jesus clearly forgave Peter for denying knowing Him. He apparently spoke over Peter that he would be the first missionary.
  • It is also important to note that Jesus “breathed on” the disciples (John 20:22). Obviously God breathed into Adam’s nostrils the breath of life (Genesis 2:7) and God breathed life into the bones in Ezekiel 37.
  • There is outside historical evidence of these things. For further reading, click this link https://bible.org/article/ancient-evidence-jesus-non-christian-sources

 

 

 

 

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Who is this Jesus?

Happy Easter! Before I get into my Easter presentation, let’s remember what Jesus Christ represented: Matthew 1:21-23 “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).”

This signified God coming down to be with His people; He would no longer be limited as being God above.

The life of Jesus upended the ideology that God was in some sort of box and could only be approached through a certain specialized manner. If you look at the miracles Jesus did in the book of John (specifically, the ones notated as the Book of Signs), you see that Jesus did things that directly confronted what was customary, legalistic, and expected. He healed in various manners (no recipe) and gave a nod to some Old Testament stories by doing updated versions of those miracles. These were never coincidental.

Christ’s death and resurrection allowed for a transfer of authority so that we could walk with this same kind of authority and be His message bearers (Matthew 28:16-20). We celebrate Easter to remember that Jesus is no longer on the cross or in the tomb. HE IS RISEN and we must live our lives in a way which represents that He is alive in us.