After Jesus’ crucifixion and burial, there were multiple sightings of him alive. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the most significant events in Christianity. In this article, we will explore the different accounts of people who saw Jesus after his resurrection as recorded in the Bible.
The Women at the Tomb
The first people to see Jesus after his resurrection were a group of women who went to his tomb to anoint his body with spices. According to the Gospel of Mark, they saw a young man dressed in white sitting inside the empty tomb who told them that Jesus had risen (Mark 16:5-7). The women then left the tomb and encountered Jesus on their way back home (Matthew 28:9-10).
Peter and John
Peter and John were two of Jesus’ closest disciples. When they heard about the empty tomb, they ran to see it for themselves.
John arrived first but waited for Peter before going inside. They both saw that the tomb was empty, but they did not see Jesus at that time (John 20:1-10).
The Disciples on the Road to Emmaus
Two disciples were walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus when a stranger joined them on their journey. It was later revealed that this stranger was actually Jesus himself. The disciples did not recognize him until he broke bread with them (Luke 24:13-35).
The Disciples in Jerusalem
Later that same day, Jesus appeared to his disciples while they were gathered together in a room in Jerusalem. He showed them his wounds and ate fish with them to prove that he was not a ghost (Luke 24:36-43).
One of Jesus’ disciples named Thomas was not present when he appeared to the others in Jerusalem. When he returned, the disciples told him what had happened, but Thomas did not believe them.
A week later, Jesus appeared to the disciples again, and this time Thomas was present. Jesus allowed Thomas to touch his wounds, and Thomas believed (John 20:24-29).
The Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Corinthians that Jesus appeared to more than 500 people at one time after his resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:6). However, there are no specific details about this appearance.
James was one of Jesus’ brothers who did not believe in him during his ministry. However, after Jesus’ resurrection, James became a believer. It is believed that James saw Jesus after his resurrection since he was present with the other disciples when they were waiting for the Holy Spirit to come (Acts 1:13-14).
In conclusion, multiple people saw Jesus after his resurrection as recorded in the Bible. These sightings were crucial in solidifying the belief of Jesus’ followers that he had risen from the dead and fulfilled the prophecies of scripture.