After Jesus’ crucifixion and burial, He rose from the dead on the third day, just as He had foretold. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is a significant event in Christianity as it represents the ultimate victory over death.
However, who did Jesus first appear to after His resurrection? Let’s explore.
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
According to the Bible, Mary Magdalene was the first person to witness Jesus’ resurrection. In John 20:1-18, it is recorded that on the morning of the third day after His crucifixion, Mary went to visit Jesus’ tomb. However, she found it empty and ran to tell Peter and John.
While Peter and John went back to the tomb to investigate, Mary stayed behind weeping outside the tomb. It was then that she encountered two angels who asked her why she was crying. She replied that someone had taken away her Lord’s body.
As she turned around, she saw a man standing there whom she thought was a gardener. But when He spoke her name, “Mary,” she recognized Him as Jesus. Overjoyed at seeing Him alive again, Mary clung onto Him tightly.
Jesus Appears to His Disciples
Later that same day after appearing to Mary Magdalene, Jesus appeared to His disciples while they were gathered in a locked room (John 20:19-23). He showed them His hands and side so they could see for themselves that He had indeed risen from the dead.
His appearance brought great joy and relief to His disciples as they were still reeling from His crucifixion. After seeing Him alive again, they were filled with renewed faith and hope.
Jesus Appears to Thomas
However, one of Jesus’ disciples named Thomas was not present when He first appeared to them. When he heard about it later, he refused to believe it unless he saw Jesus with his own eyes and touched His wounds.
A week later, Jesus appeared to His disciples again, and this time Thomas was with them (John 20:26-29). Jesus showed him His wounds, and Thomas fell to his knees proclaiming, “My Lord and my God!”
In conclusion, Mary Magdalene was the first person to witness Jesus’ resurrection. After appearing to her, He then appeared to His disciples and eventually Thomas.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is a cornerstone of Christianity as it represents the ultimate triumph over death and sin. The fact that He appeared to so many people after His resurrection is evidence of the truth of His resurrection.