What Is the Significance of Jesus Appearing to His Disciples?

Throughout the New Testament, we see numerous accounts of Jesus appearing to his disciples after his resurrection. These appearances were not just random occurrences but held great significance for both the disciples and us today.

The Importance of Jesus’ Resurrection

Before diving into the significance of Jesus appearing to his disciples, it’s essential to understand the importance of his resurrection. When Jesus died on the cross, he took on the sins of humanity and defeated death. His resurrection proved that he was indeed the Son of God and had power over death.

As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:17, “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.” Without Jesus’ resurrection, our faith would be meaningless.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

After his resurrection, Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene at the tomb (John 20:11-18) and then to two disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35). But it wasn’t until he appeared to his disciples behind closed doors that their fear turned into joy and amazement.

In John 20:19-21, we read about Jesus appearing to his disciples while they were gathered together. He showed them his hands and side as proof that he was indeed alive. The disciples were overjoyed at seeing their Lord again.

Confirmation of Faith

Jesus’ appearance to his disciples confirmed their faith in him. They had witnessed his miraculous works during his ministry but had also witnessed him being crucified. Seeing him alive again reaffirmed their belief that he was indeed the Son of God.

Similarly, for us today, reading about these appearances can strengthen our faith in Christ. We may not physically see him as the disciples did, but we have the accounts written in Scripture as evidence of his resurrection.

Commissioning of the Disciples

In addition to confirming their faith, Jesus’ appearance to his disciples also commissioned them for their future ministry. In John 20:21-23, Jesus tells them, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you..Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

This commissioning empowered the disciples to spread the good news of Christ’s resurrection and forgiveness of sins to others. And this same commissioning applies to us today as we share the gospel with others.


In conclusion, Jesus’ appearances to his disciples after his resurrection held great significance for both them and us today. They confirmed their faith in him and commissioned them for their future ministry. And as we read about these appearances in Scripture, they can strengthen our faith and empower us for our own ministry.

Let us always remember the importance of Jesus’ resurrection and the significance of his appearances to his disciples.