What Did Jesus Say to the Disciples After His Resurrection?

After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples multiple times, and during these appearances, He spoke words of encouragement, instruction, and commissioning. Let’s take a look at some of the things Jesus said to His disciples after His resurrection.

Words of Encouragement

One of the first things Jesus said to His disciples after His resurrection was “Peace be with you” (John 20:19). The disciples were hiding in fear behind locked doors, and Jesus’ words brought them immediate comfort.

He then showed them His hands and side, proving that He was indeed alive. Later on, when Thomas doubted that it was really Jesus who had appeared to them, Jesus again offered words of encouragement by telling Thomas to touch His wounds and believe (John 20:27).

Instructions for the Disciples

Jesus also gave specific instructions to His disciples after His resurrection. In Matthew 28:19-20, He commanded them to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

In Luke 24:47-48, He told them that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be preached in His name to all nations. And in Acts 1:8, He promised that they would receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them so that they could be witnesses for Him in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

Commissioning Peter

In John 21:15-17, we see a specific interaction between Jesus and Peter after His resurrection. Three times Jesus asks Peter if he loves Him and three times Peter responds affirmatively.

Each time Jesus responds by telling Peter to feed or tend His sheep or lambs. This commissioning is significant because before Jesus’ death on the cross, Peter had denied knowing Him three times (Matthew 26:69-75). By giving Peter this task, Jesus was reaffirming His love for Peter and restoring him to a place of leadership among the disciples.

Final Words

Jesus’ final words to His disciples before His ascension into heaven are recorded in Matthew 28:20 and Acts 1:8. In Matthew, He promises to be with them always, even to the end of the age.

In Acts, He tells them again that they will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon them and that they will be His witnesses. These final words serve as both a promise and a commissioning for the disciples as they continue on without Jesus physically present with them.

Conclusion

The words Jesus spoke to His disciples after His resurrection were powerful and meaningful. They provided comfort and encouragement, gave specific instructions for their future ministry, commissioned specific individuals for leadership roles, and gave final promises before His ascension. As we read these words today, we can also be encouraged and challenged in our own walk with Christ.