After Jesus’ resurrection, his followers were left in a state of confusion and disbelief. They had just witnessed the death of their beloved leader, and now there were rumors that he had risen from the dead.
What happened after Jesus’ resurrection? Let’s explore.
The Empty Tomb
On the morning of the third day after Jesus’ death, some women went to visit his tomb to anoint his body with spices. When they arrived, they found that the stone covering the entrance had been rolled away and the tomb was empty. Confused and afraid, they ran to tell the disciples what they had seen.
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
While the disciples were still trying to process this news, Mary Magdalene returned to the tomb. As she wept outside, she saw a man who she thought was a gardener.
It was only when he spoke her name – “Mary” – that she realized it was Jesus himself. Overjoyed, Mary ran back to tell the disciples that Jesus was alive.
Jesus Appears to His Disciples
Later that day, while some of Jesus’ disciples were gathered together in a locked room, he appeared among them. They were frightened at first, thinking he was a ghost, but he reassured them by showing them his wounds and eating with them.
One disciple named Thomas wasn’t present when Jesus appeared to the others. When they told him what had happened, he refused to believe it unless he could see Jesus for himself. A week later, Jesus appeared again and allowed Thomas to touch his wounds – at which point Thomas declared him “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus Appears on the Road to Emmaus
Two of Jesus’ followers were walking along a road towards Emmaus when they encountered a stranger who joined them on their journey. It wasn’t until they shared a meal together that they realized the stranger was actually Jesus himself. He vanished from their sight, leaving them amazed and filled with joy.
The Great Commission
After his resurrection, Jesus spent forty days teaching his disciples and preparing them for the work they would do after he was gone. Just before he ascended into heaven, he gave them what is now known as the Great Commission: “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.”
In conclusion, Jesus’ resurrection was a pivotal event in human history – one that gave hope to his followers and continues to inspire people all over the world today. Through his appearances to his disciples and others, he proved that death is not the end – that there is life beyond the grave.