Jesus has risen from the grave! The Sanhedrin spread lies in attempt to conceal this miracle. Yet, even now Jesus reveals himself to many of his disciples. Israel explodes with excitement, “Can it be! The messiah of prophecy? Risen this day?” While others claim, “Impossible! I saw him breathe his last! It was his disciples who have hidden him away, they now claim him risen!” While talk spread all throughout the land many parties did indeed wonder, “Where has Jesus gone?”
The Sanhedrin, after hearing the guardsmen report, bribed them to claim the disciples took him away. 11 While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. 12 And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers 13 and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.”15 So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day. Matthew 28:11-15 The disciples were holed up behind locked doors in fear of the Jews, while Mary Magdalene, Mary mother of James, and Joanna went out to anoint the body of Christ (For the anointing was rushed and not fully completed before the sealing of the tomb.) While on the road they wondered who would remove the seal for them. When they came near, they saw that the stone had been rolled away. There they encountered an angel of the Lord, where Jesus had been lain. saying unto them “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” Mark 16:6-7 After reporting this to the others Peter and John rushed to the tomb, discovering the tomb empty they became perplexed more than anything. For as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. John 20:9 As Peter and John left for home, Mary Magdalene lingered still, weeping. 12 And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. John 20:12-14 After confusing Jesus to be a gardener, Jesus revealed himself to her and she went to tell the others. This is the first appearance of the Messiah since His resurrection.
With this news the Disciples were lost on what to do, are they to travel to Galilee as the women instructed? While they considered the things to come, Jesus appeared again to two of his followers. While traveling from Jerusalem to Emmaus, Cleopas and another that was with him, came across another traveler. Unknowingly they were speaking to Jesus himself who questioned their sadness. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. Luke 24:15-17 As their conversation progressed Jesus explained to them the prophecies and the reason for His own death upon the cross. And he said to them,“O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. Luke 24:25-27 After Jesus blessed their food before supper later that day, their eyes were made open and they recognized the Messiah. They then quickly went back to Jerusalem that same hour to tell the eleven and others with them what had occurred. This was the second appearance the Lord made.
While the Disciples still hid away in the upper room, Jesus appeared to them 36 While they were telling these things, He Himself stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be to you.” 37 But they were startled and frightened and thought that they were seeing a spirit. 38 And He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 “See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”40 And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. 41 While they still could not believe it because of their joy and amazement, He said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42 They gave Him a piece of a broiled fish; 43 and He took it and ate it before them. Luke 24:36-43 Jesus appeared once more before the Apostles while they remained in Jerusalem. This time Thomas was with them, who earlier stated that he would not believe without first placing his fingers in Jesus’s hands and side. 26 After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” 28 Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.” John 20:26-29 After this, Jesus vanished from their sight and they made their way to the Sea of Galilee (sometimes referred to as the Sea of Tiberias) just as Mary and the others had instructed. On arriving, Peter and those with him went out to fish. During the night they caught nothing, upon morning a man called out to them and asked if they had caught anything. After replying no, the man told them to cast it once more and they caught a multitude of fish. He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish.7 That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!”… John 24:6
After spending time with Peter and telling him to lead the church and tend to the flock. Jesus appears to one last great multitude before His ascension into Heaven. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; 7 then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; 8 and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also. 1 Corinthians 15:3-8 (He appeared to me also refers to Paul) Jesus commanded His disciples to go out amongst the world and teach the Gospel to all creation. Baptizing them in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons;they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” 19 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. Mark 16:15-19
Worship and Praise of the Lord broke out amongst those present at the ascension 52 And they, after worshiping Him, returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and were continually in the temple praising God. Luke 24:52-53
With Easter approaching I encourage all of my brethren to reflect on not only the necessary sacrifice the Messiah made for us, but also the fact that He Rose again! He rose and commanded us to go out and teach others what had occurred during those three days. Death defeated, hope renewed, the veil torn, the bondage of slavery (the World our master) utterly broken! Our new and Good master laid down His life for us, so that eternal life with Him may be made possible. We serve a Risen God! Praise and Honor to Him!
As always, if anything I wrote seems questionable leave a comment. Let me know I wrote something misleading, that’s by far my biggest fear in writing these blogs. If it’s solid, tell me that too!
Works cited –
http://biblehub.com/parallelgospels/ – Part XIV
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark%2016&version=ESV – Mark’s Account
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+28&version=ESV – Matthew’s account
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2024&version=ESV – Luke’s account
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john+20&version=ESV – John’s account