What Happened Immediately After Jesus Resurrection?

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the most significant events in human history. It is the foundation of Christianity and represents the ultimate triumph over death, sin, and evil.

But what happened immediately after Jesus’ resurrection? Let’s take a closer look.

The Empty Tomb

When Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went to visit Jesus’ tomb early on Sunday morning, they found that the stone had been rolled away and the tomb was empty. They were initially confused and frightened, but an angel appeared to them and told them that Jesus had risen from the dead (Mark 16:1-7).

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

After her encounter with the angel at the tomb, Mary Magdalene saw Jesus himself. At first, she did not recognize him but when he called her by name she realized who he was. She clung to him in joyous disbelief, but he told her not to hold on to him because he had not yet ascended to his Father (John 20:11-17).

Jesus Appears to Other Women

As Mary Magdalene was running to tell the disciples that she had seen Jesus alive, she encountered other women who had also been at the tomb. They too saw Jesus and worshiped him (Matthew 28:8-10).

The Road to Emmaus

Later on that same day, two disciples were walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus when they encountered a stranger who asked them why they were so sad. They told him about Jesus’ crucifixion and their disappointment that he was not who they thought he was. The stranger then explained all of Scripture concerning himself and revealed himself as Jesus when he broke bread with them (Luke 24:13-35).

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

That evening, Jesus appeared to his disciples who were gathered together in a locked room. They were initially afraid, thinking that he was a ghost, but he reassured them by showing them his hands and feet and eating a piece of fish. He then commissioned them to go out into the world and preach the Gospel (Luke 24:36-49; John 20:19-23).

Conclusion

The events immediately following Jesus’ resurrection are crucial to the Christian faith. They provide evidence of his victory over death and sin and demonstrate his love for his followers.

The empty tomb, the appearances to Mary Magdalene and other women, the road to Emmaus, and the appearance to his disciples all testify to the truth of Jesus’ resurrection. As Christians, we celebrate this event every year at Easter and continue to proclaim its significance today.