Jesus after resurrection stayed on earth for 40 days instead of ascending straight to heaven. Jesus proved to His followers He was truly Alive by making sure they saw and met him after events happened to Jesus. They knew Roman authorities put Jesus to death and His body taken down from cross and sealed in a tomb. Filled with despair and fear some went into hiding. They believed Jesus was the promised Messiah but their hopes were shattered. They knew Jesus promised to return from the grave but missed Him dearly so felt relief with hope of future as Jesus saw them after resurrection. So Jesus appeared among them and their lives were changed forever as greatest miracle in livinb history took place and Jesus Christ was Alive! During those 40 days Jesus appeared to various groups of the disciples to PROVE beyond doubt He was raised from death by the power of God. Many versions of Jesus meeting disciples subject of many debates. Still living together in Upper Room with the mother of Jesus and other disciples they waited until Jesus visits them and later ascends sent Holy Spirit at Pentecost.Some wrote Jesus instructed disciples to meet Him on the mount at Galilee. Paul wrote Jesus appeared to more than 500 people at the same time alive at time of writing in 1 Corinthians 15:6. Sequences of appearances agree that Jesus stayed on teach His disciples to equip disciples to be prepared for the task of telling the world about Christ Jesus. Ensures after His ascension their faith in risen Christ is strong while seeking to share Gospel message of salvation globally with the others. Jesus appeared many times to disciples surprisingly on numerous occassions as records exist in various places at different times. Jesus appeared in the Bible to Mary, Peter best friend of Jesus and disciples working together. An impulsive Peter fearing execution blurts Jesus must not die said he will not deny Jesus did 3 times before cock crowed. So Peter hid among people warmed by fire spotted, challenged confronted disciple of Jesus. Peter denied Jesus 3 times was happy to see Jesus was forgiven. Mary Magdalene another friend was changed forever after encounter with Jesus. She knew the Messiah so experienced joy after witnessing his death, experienced despair, grief, sorrow. Traumatised and overwhelmed did not recognise Jesus thought he was gardner. She was happy to see Jesus again so felt hope, joy and knew on the Resurrection morning after Jesus rose from death her life changed. Matthew 28 says ‘suddenly Jesus met them in their most vulnerable moment of need.’ At the point of need as we need Jesus suddenly Jesus appears. Mary Magdalene and others saw risen Christ Jesus instantly had hope, peace, joy was restored sees future bright. They knew through Christ experienced changes resurrecting themselves. Easter means resurrection in living history of hope to friends of Jesus who witnessed His pain and hope for today’s world thousands of years later. All impossible situation of Jesus’ life reminds us of the glorious eternal future of resurrection. Eternal life brings hope, peace in Christ when Jesus meets us all things change.
Following His Resurrection from death, Jesus made number of appearances to His followers no less than ten of these are recorded in Scripture. Beginning on Resurrection Sunday, “showed himself alive by many infallible proofs” (Acts 1:3 and instructed His apostles and other followers for forty days. He ascended from Mount Olivet, Jerusalem while the apostles watched (Acts 1:9–12). To sort out verses in question we examine the several appearances in terms of when and where they occurred and witnesses. Paul included summary statement in 1 Corinthians 15 provides information about appearances and unrecorded ones in Gospels or Acts. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and He was buried, and He rose third day according to Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom greater part remain to the present but some fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. (1 Corinthians 15:3–7). Appearances include a visit with Cephas (Peter), to “ twelve” after that, and subsequently to over five hundred people at once, most of whom were still living eyewitnesses at the time Paul wrote his letter. Some point out that with Judas dead Paul was wrong in referring to “the twelve.” However, by the time Paul wrote letter, Matthias had replaced betrayer (Acts 1:20–26). So the eleven agreed the replacement had to be a man who had been with them from the time of the Lord’s baptism until day ascended. One of the key purposes of this appointment was that the new apostle be a witness to the Resurrection. So by time Paul wrote his epistles, Matthias had joined “the eleven” and was himself a witness of the resurrected Christ, so it is perfectly accurate to refer to group as twelve. So reminds us Jesus had many other followers besides select apostles.To reconcile the 4 Gospel accounts of the women’s actions, we need to focus on the earliest Resurrection Sunday appearances. Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, and John 20 each open with the arrival of the women (including Mary Magdalene) at the tomb. They find it empty with the stone rolled away. We propose Mary Magdalene separated from the other women after the initial visit to the tomb. It seems she hastened off to find Peter and other disciple John. The nine disciples were apparently not with Peter and John during the morning and so informed others of empty tomb as the other women. John 20:1–2 tells us Mary Magdalene told them the Lord’s body was missing. After Peter and John view the empty tomb and departed, Mary Magdalene remained behind weeping, saw angels in tomb asked about missing body, and had her own conversation with Jesus Himself. In John 20:17 Jesus sent to tell His brethren He is alive, as verse 18 states she obeyed. Mark 16:9–11 adds Mary Magdalene was the first to whom the Lord appeared and the disciples did not believe her story. Meanwhile, the other women, finding the stone rolled away, entered the tomb and saw an angel sitting on the right. Suddenly they realized there were two angels, as Luke recorded. So Matthew, Mark mention one of them perhaps focusing on the one who was speaking (Matthew 28:5–7; Mark 16:5–7; Luke 24:4–8). Angel tells women to go tell disciples and Peter after denial suggests not with the larger group Jesus risen sees them in Galilee.
Matthew 28:8–10 states that the women took off running to find the disciples. They may have just missed Peter and John, who were on their way to the tomb. Evidently while these women were en route to find disciples in the city, Peter and John viewed empty tomb, and Mary Magdalene had her encounter with Jesus. After appearing to Mary Magdalene Jesus visited the women who were running to the city, and He reinforced the message that they should go tell His brethren that they would see Him in Galilee. Perhaps Jesus made this personal appearance because they were so terribly afraid and too fearful to speak to anyone (Mark 16:8). After He meeting them joyfully delivered the message. Luke 24:9–11 summarizes the fact that “the eleven and all the rest” ultimately heard about Christ’s Resurrection from all women, including Mary Magdalene. Yet no one believed them. Matthew 28:11–15 tells us of another important event on Sunday morning. The guards told the chief priests what had happened. With the help of bribes in the right places, the chief priests hatched and spread the lies disciples stole the body while the guards slept. They confirmed for all of history the tomb was really empty. The events described in the remaining verses in Matthew 28 did not occur on Sunday. Matthew 28:16 reveals that the disciples went away into Galilee over a day’s journey at the time prior to appearance recorded in verse 17. Events followed those described in the other Gospels.
Jesus made other recorded appearances to individuals before He ever appeared to the eleven as a group. The first one is recorded in Luke 24:13–35 and briefly in Mark 16:12–13. After hearing women’s report and Peter and John’s account of empty tomb, Cleopas and companion set out on the road to Emmaus. During trip they met Jesus and were treated to an eye-opening lesson Jesus explained Old Testament Scriptures fulfilled by His suffering, death, Resurrection. When the pair discovered that they had been breaking bread with Jesus, they hurried back to the city to report to the group. Upon arrival, they learned that the Lord had also had a personal meeting with Simon Peter. That meeting with Peter is reported in Luke 24:34, but we have no other details about it. Finally we come to the verses in question. By this time it is Sunday evening. Luke 24:33 tells us the Emmaus road pair reported to “the eleven gathered together and those with them.” Thomas was not present when Jesus made His appearance to group. Perhaps Thomas stepped out for some reason or just was not with them at the time and “eleven” was a term used as a general description of group of disciples once Judas had died. John 20:26 tells us that Thomas had to wait another eight days for Jesus to appear to group again. Matthew did not record any of Christ’s appearances on that day to “the eleven” while still in the city, but Mark and Luke contain this information. We know from Luke’s account other people were also in attendance with disciples when Jesus ate in their presence, proving His body was alive again in Luke 24:42. During 2 Jerusalem appearances Jesus assured all followers He is indeed alive. Galilean appearances are not recorded in Mark, Luke but described in Matthew 28:16–17 and John 21. Matthew 28:16 records that eleven went to Galilee, waiting for Jesus to appear as He promised in a message delivered by the women near tomb. So according to John 21, Peter and others decided to go fishing. Jesus instructed them to cast their net on other side of boat. When disciples came ashore they found Jesus cooking breakfast for them. Jesus also had His well-known “feed my sheep” conversation with Peter and told him about his future martyrdom. John mentions this was “the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from death,” meaning it was the third time He appeared to them as a group (John 21:14). So the first meeting was with eleven minus Thomas, and the second meeting was when Thomas was present. The appearance on appointed mountain in Galilee (Matthew 28:16–17) took place sometime after shoreline appearance. These verses actually pick up narrative of chapter quite logically, since a few verses earlier Jesus had told the women to tell His brethren they’d see Him in Galilee. Comments of story the Jewish leaders concocted to explain away missing body accounts for Galilee appearances as promised. This meeting on mountain in Galilee was the occasion Jesus appeared to over 500 people at a time 1 Corinthians 15:6. By this time also Christ’s promised appearances would have spread among His many followers so given them time to arrive. Matthew 28:16–17 specifically says that others were present with the disciples, nothing in verse precludes possibility that more followers gathered there. Seeing Jesus there the disciples worshiped Him, although others still were doubtful. The eleven by now see Jesus more than once and some even ate with Him so “some doubted” likely refers to others who had not seen Him before. We learn from 1 Corinthians 15:7 Jesus met His brother James after appearing on the mountain. While we cannot be sure of the place of this meeting, it makes sense it would have happened in Galilee, since that is where Jesus and James grew up, and where James shows up in the Gospel narratives (Matthew 12:46–50; Matthew 13:55). This occurred, it seems to have been catalyst for James in (John 7:5), to believe his brother truly is Son of God. 1 Corinthians 15:7 also explains Christ was seen by all the apostles one more time after His visit with James. This event is recorded in Acts 1 (cf. Matthew 28:18–20; Mark 16:14–19; Luke 24:44–53), Jesus led apostles as far as Bethany on eastern side of Mount Olivet near Jerusalem. He gave final instructions to them before He ascending into heaven. Apostle Paul stated, “Then last of all He was seen by me as by one born out of due time.” This appearance occurred as Paul called Saul traveling to Damascus mission to persecute Christians (Acts 9:1–9; 1 Corinthians 15:7.