After Jesus’ resurrection, he appeared to his disciples several times before ascending into heaven. These encounters were documented in the New Testament Gospels and reveal important messages that Jesus conveyed to his followers. Here are some of the things that Jesus said to his disciples after his resurrection:
The Great Commission
One of the most significant things that Jesus said to his disciples after his resurrection is known as the Great Commission. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus tells his followers to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” This commandment has been interpreted by Christians as a call to evangelize and spread the word of God throughout the world.
Peace Be With You
In John 20:19-21, Jesus appears before his disciples and greets them with these words: “Peace be with you.” He shows them his hands and side, revealing that he has indeed risen from the dead.
This encounter is particularly significant because it marks a turning point for the disciples who had been mourning their leader’s death. Jesus’ appearance brings them comfort and reassurance that he is still with them.
Feed My Sheep
In John 21:15-17, Jesus has a conversation with Peter where he asks him three times if he loves him. Each time Peter responds affirmatively, and each time Jesus tells him to “feed my sheep.” This exchange is often interpreted as a call for Peter (and by extension all Christians) to take care of those who follow Christ.
Do Not Be Afraid
When Mary Magdalene encounters Jesus after his resurrection in John 20:11-18, she initially mistakes him for a gardener. However, when she realizes who he is, Jesus tells her to “Do not be afraid.” This message is repeated throughout the Bible and serves as a reminder that God is always with us and that we should not fear.
Jesus’ words to his disciples after his resurrection were filled with hope, love, and encouragement. From the Great Commission to his reassurance that they need not fear, these messages continue to resonate with Christians today. As we reflect on Jesus’ teachings, may we be inspired to live lives of faith, hope, and love.