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
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
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
1. Provided proof of the deity of Jesus.
2. Dispelled any doubt as to His validity as the Son of
3. Displayed His power to forgive sins and save sinners.
4. Gave us hope for believers own future bodily
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
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have