Stop Doubting and Believe

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Yesterday, we discussed Jesus’ first appearance to his disciples after his resurrection.

Thomas wasn’t there when Jesus appeared. The other disciples kept telling him, “We have seen the Lord!” His response? “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I won’t believe.”

A week later he got his chance:

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

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Jesus was crucified. The disciples were devastated. It looked like all hope was lost. Literally.

But then, just as he promised, Jesus began to turn his disciples grief to joy through a series of resurrection appearances.

On the first night after his resurrection, Jesus appeared to disciples, who were huddled together in a locked room out of fear for the religious leaders:

Walking with Jesus

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Jesus was crucified. The disciples were devastated. It looked like all hope was lost. Literally.

But then Jesus began to appear to his followers. First he appeared to Mary Magdalene. Then he appeared to another group of women.

Now he goes for a walk with two of his followers:

He Has Risen!

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Jesus was crucified. The disciples were devastated. It looked like all hope was lost. Literally.

But then Jesus began to appear to his followers. Yesterday, we discussed Jesus’ first appearance after his resurrection — to Mary Magdalene, out of whom “he had cast seven demons.”

Next he appeared to other women, including Salome and Mary, the mother of James. Like the other Mary, they had gone to visit the tomb. But when they got there, they discovered it empty and had this rather shocking conversation with an angel:

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

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Yesterday, we looked at Jesus’ last words from the cross. Today, we’ll look at his first words after the resurrection.

Jesus’ followers were understandably devastated by his arrest one evening and then his execution the following day. But their devastation would soon turn to joy and amazement.

After his resurrection, Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene. Here’s what happened:

Jesus on the Cross

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In the last 24 hours, Jesus was betrayed, arrested, abandoned, mocked, beaten, tried and condemned. Then, at nine in the morning, he was hung on a cross at a place called The Skull (or, in Hebrew, Golgotha).

According to multiple eyewitnesses, here were Jesus’ final words:

Carrying the Cross

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As we’ve been discussing the past few days, Jesus was condemned by the religious leaders in a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a trial. Then he was handed over to the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, with demands that he be executed. Pilate eventually caved and ordered Jesus’ crucifixion.

Here’s what happened next: