After Jesus’ resurrection, he appeared to his disciples several times before his ascension into heaven. These appearances are recorded in the Gospels and provide valuable insight into the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection. In this article, we will explore where Jesus told the disciples after his resurrection.
The Appearance to Mary Magdalene
One of the first appearances of Jesus after his resurrection was to Mary Magdalene. According to John’s Gospel, Mary went to Jesus’ tomb early on Sunday morning and found it empty.
She ran to tell Peter and John, who came and saw that the tomb was indeed empty. However, they did not yet understand what had happened.
Mary stayed at the tomb weeping, and it was then that Jesus appeared to her. At first, she did not recognize him, but when he called her by name, she knew it was him.
Jesus told Mary not to cling to him because he had not yet ascended to the Father. Instead, he instructed her to go tell his disciples that he was ascending to his Father and their Father.
The Appearance on the Road to Emmaus
Another appearance of Jesus after his resurrection is recorded in Luke’s Gospel. Two disciples were walking on the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus when Jesus joined them but they did not recognize him. As they walked together, Jesus explained how all the Scriptures pointed towards himself.
When they arrived at Emmaus, they invited Jesus to stay with them for dinner. As he broke bread with them, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him as their Lord. However, as soon as they recognized him, he vanished from their sight.
The two disciples immediately returned to Jerusalem and told the other disciples what had happened. It was then that Jesus appeared again.
The Appearance in Jerusalem
According to Luke’s Gospel account, when the two disciples returned from Emmaus and told the other disciples what had happened, Jesus appeared to them all in Jerusalem. He showed them his hands and feet and ate a piece of fish to prove that he was not a ghost.
Jesus then opened their minds so that they could understand the Scriptures. He told them that everything written about him in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms had been fulfilled. He also instructed them to stay in Jerusalem until they received the Holy Spirit.
The final appearance of Jesus recorded in the Gospels is his ascension into heaven. According to Luke’s Gospel, Jesus led his disciples out to Bethany, where he blessed them and was taken up into heaven.
As he ascended, two angels appeared and asked why the disciples were looking up into the sky. They told them that Jesus would return in the same way as he had ascended.
In conclusion, Jesus appeared to his disciples several times after his resurrection. Each appearance was significant and provided valuable insight into the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Through these appearances, Jesus proved that he had truly risen from the dead and fulfilled all that had been written about him in Scripture.