After Jesus’ resurrection, He appeared to His disciples multiple times. These appearances were essential for strengthening their faith and continuing His teachings. Let’s take a look at what happened after Jesus appeared to His disciples:
The First Appearance
The first recorded appearance of Jesus was to Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9-11, John 20:11-18). She had gone to the tomb early in the morning and found it empty.
While she was weeping outside the tomb, Jesus appeared to her. At first, she did not recognize Him, but when He called her name, she realized who He was.
After this encounter with Mary Magdalene, Jesus appeared to two disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35). They did not recognize Him at first but eventually realized who He was during dinner when He broke bread with them.
The Disciples See Jesus
Later that same day, Jesus appeared to the rest of the disciples while they were gathered together in a room (Luke 24:36-43). At first, they thought they were seeing a ghost, but Jesus reassured them that it was Him. To prove it, He showed them His hands and feet where He had been crucified.
One of the disciples named Thomas was not present during this appearance and did not believe that Jesus had risen from the dead (John 20:24-29). However, one week later when Jesus appeared again while Thomas was present, he saw and believed.
The Great Commission
After these appearances, Jesus gave what is known as The Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20). He instructed His disciples to go out into all nations and make disciples while baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Finally, Jesus appeared one last time to His disciples before ascending into Heaven (Acts 1:4-11). He instructed them to wait for the Holy Spirit and promised that they would receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them. After saying these things, Jesus was taken up into the clouds and disappeared from their sight.
In conclusion, after Jesus’ resurrection, He appeared to His disciples multiple times to strengthen their faith and continue His teachings. These appearances were important in fulfilling The Great Commission and preparing the disciples for the coming of the Holy Spirit.