After the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, He was resurrected on the third day. But when did He come back after His resurrection The answer to this question is not straightforward as there are different accounts in the Bible that describe the events that followed the resurrection of Jesus.
The Accounts of the Resurrection
The four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John each provide a different account of what happened after Jesus was resurrected. According to Matthew 28:1-10, Mary Magdalene and another Mary went to visit Jesus’ tomb on Sunday morning and found it empty. An angel appeared to them and told them that Jesus had risen from the dead.
In Mark 16:1-8, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went to the tomb early on Sunday morning but found it empty. A young man dressed in a white robe told them that Jesus had risen from the dead.
Luke’s account in Luke 24:1-12 is similar to that of Matthew. The women went to the tomb early on Sunday morning but found it empty. Two men in dazzling clothes appeared to them and told them that Jesus had risen from the dead.
Finally, John’s account in John 20:1-18 tells us that Mary Magdalene went to visit Jesus’ tomb early on Sunday morning but found it empty. She ran to tell Peter and another disciple who came and saw that the tomb was indeed empty.
Jesus Appears to His Disciples
The accounts of what happened after the resurrection differ slightly between each Gospel writer. However, all four Gospels agree that Jesus appeared to His disciples after He was resurrected.
According to John 20:19-23, on Sunday evening of that same day when He rose from death, Jesus appeared before His disciples who were hiding in a room. Jesus showed them His hands and side, proving that He was indeed alive. He then breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
In Luke 24:36-43, Jesus appeared before His disciples later that same day and they were terrified as they thought they had seen a ghost. Jesus reassured them that it was Him and asked for something to eat to prove that He was real.
After appearing to His disciples for 40 days, Jesus ascended into heaven. According to Acts 1:9-11, Jesus was taken up into the clouds while His disciples watched. Two men dressed in white then appeared and told the disciples that Jesus would return in the same way that He had left.
The exact timeframe of when Jesus came back after His resurrection is not clearly defined in the Bible. However, all four Gospels agree that Jesus appeared to His disciples after He rose from the dead. The accounts may differ slightly in terms of details, but what is important is the message of hope and salvation that comes with the resurrection of Christ.