After Jesus’ resurrection, he appeared to his disciples and others on several occasions before his ascension into heaven. The Bible mentions a few of these appearances, but it’s not entirely clear how many times Jesus appeared during this period. Let’s explore the biblical accounts to get a better understanding.
Jesus’ resurrection is the central event in Christianity. According to the Gospels, on the third day after his crucifixion, Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to Mary Magdalene and other women who went to his tomb. Later that day, he also appeared to two disciples on the road to Emmaus.
Appearances to His Disciples
After Jesus’ resurrection, he appeared several times to his disciples. In John 20:19-23, Jesus appears to them in a locked room and says, “Peace be with you.” He shows them his hands and side, which bear the wounds from his crucifixion.
In Luke 24:36-43, Jesus appears to his disciples while they are gathered together. They are frightened and think they are seeing a ghost. But Jesus reassures them by showing them his hands and feet.
In John 21:1-14, Jesus appears again to some of his disciples while they are fishing on the Sea of Galilee. He tells them where to cast their nets and provides them with a miraculous catch of fish.
Appearances Outside of Jerusalem
The Gospels also mention some appearances that happened outside of Jerusalem. In Matthew 28:16-20, Jesus appears to his disciples on a mountain in Galilee and gives them the Great Commission.
In Mark 16:12-13, it is mentioned that Jesus appeared in another form (or guise) unto two men walking in the country; this account is usually referred as “The Appearance at Emmaus” and is distinct from the account in Luke 24:13-32.
Finally, after spending forty days with his disciples, Jesus ascends into heaven. The account of the ascension is found in Acts 1:9-11. Jesus tells his disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit to come upon them.
In summary, the Bible mentions several appearances of Jesus between his resurrection and ascension. While it’s not entirely clear how many times he appeared, these accounts give us a glimpse into the risen Lord’s interactions with his followers.
As Christians, we can take comfort in knowing that Jesus is alive and that he continues to reveal himself to us today through his Word and by his Spirit. May we always be open to receive him and to follow him wherever he leads us.