What Happened on Jesus Resurrection Day?

On the third day after Jesus Christ was crucified, something miraculous occurred – He rose from the dead. This event is commonly known as Easter or Resurrection Sunday in the Christian faith.

But what exactly happened on Jesus’ resurrection day? Let’s take a closer look.

The Tomb Was Found Empty

Early in the morning on the third day after Jesus’ crucifixion, several of His followers, including Mary Magdalene, went to His tomb to anoint His body with spices and oils. However, when they arrived at the tomb, they found that the large stone that had been used to seal it had been rolled away and the tomb was empty.

This caused great confusion and fear among Jesus’ followers. However, an angel appeared to them and explained that Jesus had risen from the dead, just as He had foretold.

Jesus Appeared to His Followers

Throughout the day, Jesus appeared to various groups of His followers, including Mary Magdalene (John 20:11-18), two of His disciples on their way to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-32), and a gathering of disciples in Jerusalem (Luke 24:36-43).

During these appearances, Jesus proved that He was truly alive by eating with His disciples and allowing them to touch Him. He also explained how all of scripture had prophesized that He would suffer and rise from the dead.

The Great Commission

One of the most significant events that occurred on Jesus’ resurrection day was when He gave His disciples what is now known as The Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20). In this commissioning, Jesus instructed His disciples to go out into all nations and make disciples by baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This commandment has become a cornerstone of Christian evangelism.


In conclusion, Jesus’ resurrection day was a pivotal moment in history that has had an enormous impact on the world. It was a day filled with miraculous events, including the empty tomb, appearances of Jesus to His followers, and The Great Commission. As Christians around the world celebrate Easter each year, we are reminded of the incredible power of God and His ability to overcome even death itself.