Who Was the First Person Jesus Appeared to After His Resurrection?

After the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, there is a lot of mystery surrounding the first person He appeared to. The Bible provides different accounts of this event, so let’s take a closer look at each one.

Matthew’s Account

In Matthew 28:1-9, we read that Mary Magdalene and the other women went to visit the tomb where Jesus was laid. Suddenly, there was an earthquake, and an angel descended from heaven and rolled away the stone from the entrance of the tomb.

The angel declared that Jesus had risen from the dead and instructed them to go tell His disciples. As they were leaving, Jesus appeared to them and said, “Greetings!” They fell at His feet and worshipped Him.

Mark’s Account

Mark 16:9-14 tells us that after His resurrection, Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene. She went back to tell the disciples who were mourning and weeping. But when they heard that Jesus was alive and had been seen by Mary Magdalene, they did not believe it.

Luke’s Account

Luke 24:13-35 records an encounter between two disciples who were on their way to Emmaus. As they were walking, Jesus appeared and began walking with them but their eyes were kept from recognizing Him.

They talked about all that had happened in Jerusalem over the past few days until they arrived at their destination. As they sat down to eat together, Jesus broke bread with them, and suddenly their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him.

John’s Account

John 20:1-18 states that Mary Magdalene went to visit the tomb early in the morning while it was still dark. She saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance of the tomb and ran to tell Peter and John.

They both went to the tomb and found it empty except for the burial cloths. Mary stayed behind and wept, and as she looked into the tomb, she saw two angels who asked her why she was crying. She turned around and saw Jesus standing there but didn’t recognize Him until He called her by name.


It’s difficult to say with certainty who Jesus appeared to first after His resurrection because each account varies slightly. However, what we do know is that many people had encounters with Him after He rose from the dead, including His disciples, Mary Magdalene, and those on the road to Emmaus. These encounters were life-changing and reaffirmed their faith in Jesus as the Son of God.

  • Matthew: Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene and the other women at the tomb.
  • Mark: Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene.
  • Luke: Jesus appeared to two disciples on their way to Emmaus.
  • John: Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene at the tomb.

No matter who saw Him first, what matters most is that Jesus did rise from the dead, fulfilling prophecies and proving that He was indeed who He claimed to be. As believers today, we can take comfort in knowing that death has been defeated and our hope is in Him.