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   The Post-Resurrection Appearances of Jesus Christ

Intro:  Two main events in the life of Jesus Christ have proven to be the biggest hurtles for the lost.   The reason these events go against the reasoning's of lost mankind is because they are outside the losts’  field of reference, experience and belief.  Since they are believed by faith and not by sight, the lost have no handle to hold on to nor reason to believe in either event, except to, perhaps, give them lip service.
First is the virgin birth, a child born without the direct intervention of a human father.
Second is our subject, the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ.  In Christ’s resurrection we have the coming back to life, in bodily form, of a Man who was put to death and buried. 
Our Lord understood the difficulty of this concept.  So numerous times during his earthly walk, Jesus told the disciples of His coming death, burial and resurrection.  They heard what He said, but it did not take root in their hearts.  They disregarded this central fact of Christianity until they personally saw Him on the other side (our side) of the Cross.

Proofs for the resurrection of Jesus Christ can be found in the following places:
1.
 O.T. prophecies (Psa. 16:10; Acts 13:34-37)
2.
 The words of Christ (Matt. 20:19; Mk. 9:9; 14:28; Jn. 2:19-22)
3.
 The record of the Word of God (Lk. 14:1ff; Jn. 20:1ff)
4.
 The empty tomb (Jn. 20:6-7)
5.
 The eye witness sightings (*1 Cor. 15:3-8)

We will consider the eye witness sightings.
The Lord was with His disciples for some 40 days before His ascension, yet according to the inspired record, He only revealed Himself some 13 times in all, and some of these instances are probably duplications.  His appearances to the disciples were of short duration, but each encounter was for the purpose of revealing Himself or something of Himself and His kingdom to His followers (Acts 1:3). 

First Appearance 
The verses
:
Mk. 16:9; Jn. 20:11-18
The time

Sunday morning, early
The person
:
Mary Magdalene
1. Out of whom Jesus had cast 7 devils (Lk. 11:24-26; 8:2)
2. She saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus
The place
:
Near the sepulcher
The Christ
:
1. Risen
2. Communicative
3. Master teacher
4. Would ascend
a. To His Father (relationship)
b. To His God (deity)

Christ’s ascension to the Father

Second Appearance
The verses:
Matt. 28:9-10
The time:
Sunday morning, early
The persons: Mary, the mother of James & Joses, Salome, mother of James & John (Mk. 16:1) and Jo- anna, wife of Herod’s steward, Chuza.
The place:
Near Jerusalem
The Christ:
1. Risen (a bodily resurrection)
2. Communicative
3. A Godly resurrection
4. A reassuring resurrection (be not afraid, what I said I would do has come to pass, and all that I said I would do shall also come to pass)

Third Appearance
The verses:
1 Cor. 15:5; Lk. 24:34
The time:
Sunday morning
The persons:
Simon Peter
Note: Morgan: “He appeared unto Simon, as though that settled it!  Now there was proof positive.  A man had seen Him!  It was a private interview.  In that interview all the sin and shame of the denial were dealt with and settled and put away forever.”
The place:
Near Jerusalem
The Christ:
1. Risen (resurrected from death to life)
a. Accepted by God in the place of men

Fourth Appearance
The verses:
Lk. 24:13:31
The time:
Sunday afternoon
The persons:
2 disciples (Cleopas & an unnamed disciple, possibly his wife, Mary)
The place:
On the road between Jerusalem and Emmaus
The Christ:
1. Risen
2. Omnipotent (v16, 31)
3. Communicative
4. Omniscient (v25)
5. The Christ (v26) and all that entails
6. Subject of the O.T. (v27)
7. Reference to His sacrifice (v30)

Fifth Appearance
The verses:
Mk. 16:14; Lk. 24:36-43; Jn. 20:19-22; 1:Cor. 15:5
The time:
Sunday evening
The persons:
The 11 disciples less Thomas
The place:
Jerusalem in a locked room
The Christ:
1. Risen
2. Omnipotent (Lk. 24:36; Jn. 20:19)
3. Bringer of peace and joy (Lk. 24:36; Jn. 20:19, 20)
4. Omniscient (Mk. 16:14; Lk. 24:38)
5. Flesh and bones (Lk. 24:39, 42-43)
6. Reference to/reminder of His sacrifice (hands, feet and side) (Lk. 24:40; Jn. 20:20)
7. Sent (commissioned) by the Father (Jn. 20:21)
8. Sender (mission) of men (Jn. 20:21)
9. Giver of the Holy Spirit (Jn. 20:22)
a. To declare God’s forgiveness

Sixth Appearance
The verses:
Jn. 20:26-31
The time:
7 days after the 1st Sunday evening
The persons:
The 10 disciples plus Thomas
The place:
Jerusalem in a locked room
The Christ:
1. Risen
2. Omnipotent (v26)
3. Bringer of peace (v26)
4. Flesh and bones (v27)
5. Reference to/reminder of His sacrifice (hands, and side) (v27)
6. Fulfiller/source of faith (v28, 29)
7. Lord, personal (v28)
8. God, personal (v28)
9. Giver of signs (“mark, token by which a person can be distinguished and known”) (v30)
10. The Christ (v31)
11. The Son (“same as”) of God (v31)
12. Giver of life (v31)
a. Through His Name

Seventh Appearance
The verses:
Jn. 21:1-22
The time:
3 to 4 weeks after His resurrection
The persons:
Peter, Thomas, Nathaniel, James, John and 2 other unnamed disciple
The place:
By the Sea of Galilee
The Christ:
1. Risen to show Himself (v14)
2. Omniscient (v5-6,18, 19)
3. Love of Christ (v7)
4. Lord (v7, 12, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21)
5. Miracles of Christ (v10-11, 13)
6. Provision of Christ (v12, 13)
7. Demands of Christ (v15-17, 19, 22)
8. Coming of Christ (v22)

Eighth Appearance
The verses:
Matt. 28:17-20
The time:
4 to 5 weeks after His resurrection
The persons:
11 disciples
The place:
On a mountain side in Galilee
The Christ:
1. Risen (v14)
2. Deity (v17)
3. Authority of Christ (v18)
4. Command of Christ (v17, 20)
5. Son of God (v19)
6. Presence of Christ (v20)

Ninth Appearance
The verses:
1 Cor. 15:6
The time:
4to 5 weeks after His resurrection
The persons:
500 disciples
The place:
Unknown, but likely Galilee
The Christ:
1. Risen (v6)

Tenth Appearance
The verses:
1 Cor. 15:7a
The time:
5 weeks after His resurrection
The persons:
James
The place:
Unknown, but likely Jerusalem
The Christ:
1. Risen (v7a)

Eleventh Appearance
The verses:
I Cor. 15:7b; Lk. 24:44-49
The time:
5 weeks + after His resurrection
The persons:
11 apostles
The place:
Jerusalem
The Christ:
1. Risen (v44)
2. Fulfiller of prophecy (v44, 46)
3. Subject of the O.T. (v44)
4. Omnipotent (v45)
5. Death, burial, resurrection (v46)
6. Commission of Christ (v47)
7. Authority of Christ (v49)
8. Giver of Holy Spirit (v49)
9. Restrainer of men (v49)

Twelfth Appearance
The verses:
Lk. 24:50-51; Mk. 16:19; Acts 1:4-10
The time:
0 days after His resurrection
The persons:
11 apostles
The place:
Mount of Olives outside Jerusalem
The Christ:
1. Risen
2. Authority (Mk. 16:19; Lk. 24:50a; Acts 1:5)
a. Revealed His sacrifice (hands)
3. Grantor of blessings (Lk. 24:50b-51)
4. Ascension (Lk. 24:51; Acts 1:9-10)
5. Deity (Lk. 24:52)
6. Giver of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-5)
7. Lord (Acts 1:6)
8. Omniscient (Acts 1:7-8a)
9. Commission of Christ (Acts 1:8b)

Thirteenth Appearance
The verses:
1 Cor. 15:8; Acts 9:3-6; 22:6-10
The time:
Unknown, but after His ascension
The persons:
Paul
The place:
Unknown, but perhaps on the road to Damascus
The Christ:
1. Risen (22:14)
2. Omniscient (9:4; 22:8)
3. Authority (9:6, 11-12, 15-16; 22:10)
4. “I Am” (Jehovah) (Acts 22:8)
5. Of Nazareth (22:8)
6. Lord (22:10, 19)

Concl:  The Bible says that “in the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses a thing shall be established.”  The resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the most established facts in history.  Not only do we have the actual appearances of Christ, but there is much more evidence of those that witnessed and lived through the events surrounding the resurrection.  In Christ we can be confident of our salvation, and in Christ we can be confident of our own resurrection at the last trumpet.  “And there shall we be with the Lord.”  

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