After Jesus’ crucifixion and burial, His followers were devastated. However, three days later, they received the news that Jesus had risen from the dead. This event changed everything and gave them hope for eternal life.
But who saw Jesus after His resurrection? Let’s take a look at the accounts in the Bible.
The Women at the Tomb
On the morning of the third day after Jesus’ death, a group of women went to visit His tomb. When they arrived, they found that the stone covering the entrance had been rolled away, and an angel appeared to them, telling them that Jesus had risen.
Matthew 28:9 tells us that as they were leaving the tomb, Jesus met them and greeted them. They fell down at his feet and worshiped him.
Disciples on the Road to Emmaus
Later that same day, two disciples were walking to Emmaus when they encountered a stranger who began walking with them. They did not recognize Him as Jesus until later when He broke bread with them.
In Luke 24:31-32 it says “Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
Peter and Other Disciples in Jerusalem
That evening, Jesus appeared to Simon Peter according to Luke 24:34 which says “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.”
Later that same day,
Jesus appeared to a group of disciples who were gathered together in Jerusalem; however Thomas was not present at this time.
Several days later, Jesus appeared to the disciples again, and this time Thomas was with them. Jesus showed him the wounds in His hands and side, and Thomas exclaimed, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28)
Disciples by the Sea of Galilee
After that, Jesus appeared to seven of His disciples while they were fishing on the Sea of Galilee. He cooked breakfast for them and reinstated Peter after his denial. (John 21)
The Disciples on a Mountain in Galilee
In Matthew 28:16-20, it says that Jesus met with His disciples on a mountain in Galilee where He gave them the Great Commission to go into all the world and make disciples.
The Apostle Paul also saw Jesus after His resurrection. In Acts 9:3-6 it says, “As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?’ ‘Who are you Lord?’
Saul asked. ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting,’ he replied.”
In conclusion, many people saw Jesus after His resurrection – women at the tomb, two disciples on the road to Emmaus, Peter and other disciples in Jerusalem including Thomas when he was present later on; seven disciples while fishing on the Sea of Galilee; all of them together on a mountain in Galilee as well as Paul himself.
These appearances brought hope to believers then and continue to give hope today of eternal life through Christ’s sacrifice.