How Many People Saw Jesus After His Resurrection?

After Jesus’ crucifixion, many people believed that they would never see him again. However, according to the Bible, Jesus appeared to several individuals and groups after his resurrection. But just how many people saw Jesus after he rose from the dead?

The Women at the Tomb

The first people to see Jesus after his resurrection were a group of women who had come to his tomb early in the morning. According to the gospel of Matthew (28:1-10), Mary Magdalene and another Mary went to the tomb and found it empty.

Suddenly, an angel appeared and told them that Jesus had risen from the dead. As they left the tomb, they encountered Jesus himself, who greeted them and told them not to be afraid.

The Disciples

After appearing to the women at the tomb, Jesus then appeared to his disciples on several occasions. According to John’s gospel (20:19-29), on the evening of Easter Sunday, Jesus appeared to his disciples while they were locked in a room for fear of persecution. He showed them his wounds and spoke with them before leaving.

A week later, he appeared again while Thomas was present and allowed him to touch his wounds, leading Thomas to proclaim him as “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28).

In addition, Luke’s gospel (24:36-43) records that Jesus appeared to a group of disciples while they were eating together. He ate with them and explained how everything in scripture had pointed toward his death and resurrection.

Additional Appearances

Apart from these appearances recorded in the gospels, there were also other instances where Jesus appeared after his resurrection. For example:

  • He appeared to two disciples on their way to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35)
  • He met with his disciples on a mountain in Galilee (Matthew 28:16-20)
  • He appeared to more than five hundred followers at one time (1 Corinthians 15:6)

Conclusion

In total, there are at least ten recorded instances of Jesus appearing to individuals and groups after his resurrection. These appearances were not just brief glimpses, but involved conversations, meals, and even physical touch. They provided assurance to his followers that he had indeed risen from the dead, and gave them hope for eternal life.

As believers today, we can find comfort in knowing that Jesus’ resurrection was not just a myth or legend, but a historical event witnessed by many.