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Jesus’s Post Resurrection  Appearances

In seeking to put together a lesson for our early elementary aged children for this Sunday, I thought it would be helpful to have all of these passages in one place. Those forty days after Jesus was raised from the dead and before He ascended to heaven were very strategic days of training and preparation for the 11 apostles and all the other disciples and apostles who would help birth and lead the early church. May we all see in them what we need to see.


 Matthew 28:8-10 “And they (see vs. 1) left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and take word to My brethren to leave for Galilee, and there they will see Me.”

 

Matthew 28:16-20 “But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

 

Mark 16:9 “Now after He had risen early on the first day of the week, He first appeared to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had cast out seven demons.”

Mark 16:12 “After that, He appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking along on their way to the country.”

Mark 16:14-19 “Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table; and He reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen.  15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.  16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. 17 These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them, they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” 19 So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. “

 

Luke 24:15-31 “While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself approached and began traveling with them.  16 But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him.  17 And He said to them, “What are these words that you are exchanging with one another as you are walking?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, answered and said to Him, “Are You the only one visiting Jerusalem and unaware of the things which have happened here in these days?”  19 And He said to them, “What things?” And they said to Him, “The things about Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word in the sight of God and all the people,  20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to the sentence of death, and crucified Him. 21 “But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened. 22 But also some women among us amazed us. When they were at the tomb early in the morning. 23 and did not find His body, they came, saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said that He was alive.” 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just exactly as the women also had said; but Him they did not see.”  25 And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!  26 Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?”  27 Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.  28 And they approached the village where they were going, and He acted as though He were going farther.  29 But they urged Him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is getting toward evening and the day is now nearly over.” So He went in to stay with them. 30 When He had reclined at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed it, and breaking it, he began giving it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight

 

Luke 24:36-51 “While they were telling these things, He Himself stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be to you.”  37 But they were startled and frightened and thought that they were seeing a spirit.  38 And He said to them, “why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?  39 “See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”  40 And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. 41 While they still could not believe it because of their joy and amazement, He said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?”  42 They gave Him a piece of a broiled fish;  43 and He took it and ate it before them.”  44 Now He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”  45 Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,  46 And He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day,  47 and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.  48 You are witnesses of these things.  49 And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” 50 And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. 51 While He was blessing them, He parted from them and was carried up into heaven.

 

John 20:19-23 “So when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 And when He had said this, He showed them both His hands and His side. The disciples then rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained.”

 

John 20:26-29 “After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.”  28 Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”  29 Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.”

 

John 21:1-23 After these things Jesus manifested Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and He manifested Himself in this way.  2 Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana inn Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together.  3  Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will also come with you.” They went out and got into the boat; and that night they caught nothing. 4 But when the day was now breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 So Jesus said to them, “Children, you do not have any fish, do you?” They answered Him, “No”. 6 And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat and you will find a catch.” So they cast, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish.” 7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, It is the Lord.” So when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put his outer garment on (for he was stripped for work), and threw himself into the sea. 8 But the other disciples came in the little boat, for they were not afar from the land, but about one hundred yards away, dragging the net full of fish.  9 So when they got out on the land, they saw a charcoal fire already laid and fish placed on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have now caught.”  11 Simon Peter went up and drew the net to land, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not torn.  12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples ventured to question Him, “Who are You?” knowing that it was the Lord.  13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and the fish likewise.  14 This is now the third time that Jesus was manifested to the disciples, after He was raised from the dead. 15 So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My lambs.”  16 He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me/” He said to Him, “yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.”  17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You. Jesus said to him, “Tend My sheep.”  18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to gird yourself and walk wherever you wished; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will gird you, and bring you where you do not wish to go.” 19 Now this He said, signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when he had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me!”  20 Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them; the one who also had leaned back on His bosom at the supper and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?”  21 So Peter seeing him said to Jesus, “Lord, and what about this man?”  22 Jesus said to him, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me!”  23 Therefore this saying went out among the brethren that that disciple would not die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but only, “If I want him to remain until come, what is that to you?” 

 

Acts 1:1-11 “The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach,  2 until the day when He was taken up to heaven, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen.  3 To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God  4 Gathering them together, he commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me;  5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”  6 So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; 8 but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”

 

I Corinthians 15:4-8  and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,  5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.  6 After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; 7 then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; 8 and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also.”

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