Evidence of The Resurrection

Post Resurrection Appearances of Christ

The appearance of the resurrected Christ is documented well in the New Testament. For example, consider what 1 Corinthians 15:5 teaches. This passage states that Jesus appeared to Peter, then to the 12 disciples and then to more than 500 witnesses at once! While this passage was written a number of years after the crucifixion and resurrection, most of the 500 were probably still alive and testifying. It was hard for the Jewish leaders to dispute such evidence.

In I Cor.15: 7 we see that James saw the resurrected Christ. Like Peter’s personal audience, this was another personal restoration. James (some say he was James the brother of Jesus) was the head apostle in Jerusalem. James was a leader among leaders and he knew that Jesus had risen from the dead.
Who would know better or be more believable than Jesus' own brother?

The ascension of Christ into Heaven is found in Acts 1:10. Jesus had been with the apostles for forty days, teaching and building them up. He promised that he would continue to empower them through the Holy Spirit, which they would receive very soon.

As they watched, He was physically taken up into Heaven and a cloud received Him and took Him from sight. They stood watching the sky; awestruck at the sight they had just beheld and two men in white (who were actually angels) appeared. They prophesied of the return of Jesus in the same manner He had gone up.

The twelve then traveled to Jerusalem and celebrated the Feast of Booths (Feast of Pentecost) in an upper room. As they prayed and sought direction, the Holy Spirit fell upon them as tongues of fire, one sitting on each man’s head. The twelve immediately began to speak in languages other than their native one’s. All were from Galilee, so this was quickly noticed and spoken of.

As promised, the Spirit had descended and filled the disciples.  The fact that this event took place during the Feast of Pentecost is also significant. You see, the reason for Pentecost was a reaping of the harvest. It was a thanks to God for a bountiful harvest. How fitting that God reaped the seeds He had sown in the disciples during the harvest Feast.

The appearances of the resurrected Christ served several purposes:
1. Provided proof of the deity of Jesus.
2. Dispelled any doubt as to His validity as the Son of Man.
3. Displayed His power to forgive sins and save sinners.
4. Gave us hope for believers own future bodily resurrections.

The risen Christ is to be worshipped, loved, respected and revered for He is alive!

All we need to do is believe on Him as our Savior as told in John 3:16.

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.!

Jesus' Meeting with
Doubting Thomas

That very night Jesus came and stood in the middle of His disciples and said to them, "Peace be to you."

Then He showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.

Jesus told them again, "Peace be to you. Just as my father sent me, so send you."

After He said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. Whoever since you remit, they are emitted and whoever's sins you retained, they are retained."

But Thomas who was one of the 12 disciples, was not with them when Jesus appeared to them. The other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord!"

By Thomas relied, "I won't believe unless I see the print of the nails in His hands and put my finger into the print of the nails and thrust my hand into his side!"

Eight days later, Jesus' disciples were meeting, but this time Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus suddenly stood in the midst of the disciples and said, "Peace be to you."

Then He said to Thomas, "Stretch out your finger and examine My hands. Reach out your hand and thrust it into my side. Don't doubt, but believe!"

Thomas answered, "My Lord and my God!"

Jesus answered, "Thomas, because you see Me you believe, but happy are those who have not seen and yet believe."