Evidence of The Resurrection

Christ's Victorious Resurrection

After the resurrection of Jesus, He appeared to many people. This proves the power that Christ has over the realm of death. In fact, it had absolutely no hold on Him whatsoever!

Luke 24:13 records an encounter which occurred on the day of the resurrection. Cleopas and another of Christ’s followers were walking along a road to the city of Emmaus. They were talking of all the things that had happened. As they were talking, Jesus secretly joined them. Jesus began to open the Bible to them and shared what the Scriptures said about the Messiah. When they arrived at their destination, Jesus bade them goodbye and said He would go on his way. They pressed Him to stay for supper. When He broke the bread and passed it to them, their eyes were opened to who He really was. This was Jesus alive!

When they recognized who He was, He vanished instantly. That's because Jesus was in His resurrection body and could be present or vanish instantaneously. These followers knew they had really seen Christ alive.  According to Luke 24:33 – “they rose up the same hour and returned to Jerusalem where they found the eleven. With joy they shared the great good news and were informed” -- the Lord is risen indeed and hath appeared to Simon. The two disciples on the road to Emmaus knew that Jesus was alive!

As recorded in John 20:19, ten of the eleven remaining disciples saw the resurrected Christ. On this occasion, Thomas was not present. This occurred the same day -- resurrection day -- in the early evening when the doors were shut for the evening. The 10 disciples were in hiding for fear of what the Sanhedrin would do to them if they were found.

Jesus appeared and greeted them with the words “Peace be unto you." He showed them His nail-scarred hands and feet and His wounded side. This made the disciples glad.

Thomas was not present when Jesus visited the disciples. Afterwards Jesus visited Thomas. 

According to John 20:25, "The other disciples therefore said unto him, we have seen the Lord. But Thomas said to 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".

Jesus said 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."

Jesus knew all about Thomas’ doubts. After this appearance of Christ to Thomas, he doubted no more... but believed. "My Lord and my God," Thomas exclaimed.

These scriptures are proof of the deity of Christ. He had risen from the dead, appeared to many and allowed a disbelieving Thomas to physically see His wounds up close and personal.

Jesus appeared to quite a few people after the crucifixion. These witnesses of His resurrection saw that He had truly risen from the dead!

The Miraculous Catch of Fish

After Jesus rose again, He showed Himself to his disciples at the Sea of Galilee.

And here's how it happened. Simon Peter and several other disciples had returned to their old business of fishing and they had fished all night, but caught nothing. In the morning, Jesus stood on the seashore, but the disciples didn't recognize Him.

Jesus asked them, "Children, do you have any meat?"

"No," they answered.

Then He commanded, "Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you'll find."

So they wisely obeyed even though they still didn't know who He was. They cast their net into the sea one more time. Although they had been fishing all night with no results, this time they caught so many fish they weren't able to lift them into the boat!

Suddenly John recognized Jesus! "It's the Lord!" He exclaimed to Peter.

Then Peter hurriedly wrapped his coat around him and threw himself into the water to swim to Jesus.

The other disciples followed in a small boat dragging the net filled with fishes behind them. When they arrived on land, they found a coal fire burning and fish laid on it and bread too.

Jesus called to them, "Bring the fish you've caught."

So Peter dragged the net to land full of large fish -- all 153 of them! Even though there were so many fish, the net didn't break.

Jesus said to his disciples, "Come and eat."

None of the disciples dared ask Him Who He was since they know it was the Lord.

Then Jesus gave the hungry disciples bread and fish for breakfast.

This was the third time Jesus showed himself to His disciples after He risen from the dead.