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Jesus, Resurrection Appearances


RESURRECTION APPEARANCES OF JESUS

“He (Jesus) appeared to them over forty days and taught them concerning the Kingdom of God” (Acts 1:3). The Bible records the following appearances of Jesus after his resurrection:

1. To Mary Magdalene in Jerusalem on the Resurrection Sunday (Jn 20:11-18; Mk 16:9-11).

2. To a group of women in Jerusalem on the Resurrection Sunday which the Synoptic gospels report: “Mary Magdalene and the other Mary” (Mt 28:1, 9), “Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome” (Mk 16:1), “Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James; the others who accompanied them” (Lk 24:10).

3. To Simon Peter in Jerusalem on the Resurrection Sunday (Lk 24:34; 1 Cor 15:5).

4. Cleopas and his companion on the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus on the Resurrection Sunday (Lk 24:13-35).

5. To ten apostles excluding Thomas in Jerusalem on the Resurrection Sunday (Jn 20:19-25).

6. To the 11 apostles including Thomas in Jerusalem on the eighth day after the resurrection (Jn 20:26-29).

7. To seven disciples, “Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, Zebedee’s sons, and two others of his disciples” (Jn 21:2), who were fishing at the Sea of Tiberias in Galilee within a few weeks after the resurrection.

8. To the 11 disciples at a mountain in Galilee within a few weeks after the resurrection (Mt 28:16-20).

9. To “more than five hundred brothers at once” (1 Cor 15:6) and to James (1 Cor 15:7). It happened within a few weeks after the resurrection. Paul did not specify the location.

10. To the apostles in Jerusalem. Jesus then led them to the Mount of Olives just before his ascension on the 40th day (Lk 24:50- 52; Acts 1:4-9).

The Risen Lord’s appearance to the seven disciples at the Sea of Tiberias was his third manifestation to these apostles and his seventh to the disciples at large.

 


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