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 Appears to
His Disciples

And as they were talking together, Jesus himself appeared in the middle of of the group and greeted them with these words, "Peace be to you."

But they were terrified and thought they were seeing a ghost!

But He said to them, "Why are you so troubled and thinking such thoughts in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet that it I."

Then he showed them His scarred hands and feet.

The apostles were astonished but not ready to believe just yet.

Then He asked them, "Do you have anything to eat here?"

They gave him a piece of broiled fish and part of a honeycomb. He took it and ate it in front of them.

Then He explained, "I was trying to tell you before when I was with you that what has happened is written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms."

Then he opened their understanding so they could understand the Scriptures.

"You see, this is written in the Scriptures. They foretold that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead the third day. And that repentance and forgiveness of sentence should be preached in his name among all nations beginning in Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things! Look, I'm about to send what the father hass promised upon you, so wait in Jerusalem until you receive power from on high."

Then He led the as far as Bethany and lifted up His hands and blessed them. While He was blessing them, He was taken away from them and carried up to heaven.

The disciples worshiped Him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they praised and blessed God continually in the temple.