Easter and Holy week are officially over, but the story of Jesus’ life definitely is not. There are a few side notes to keep in mind. Jesus now has eleven apostles, instead of twelve due to the betrayal and suicide of Judas. Note that all apostles are disciples, but all disciples are not apostles. For example, all thumbs are fingers, but all fingers are not thumbs.
The first people to know Jesus had been resurrected were Mary Magdalene and Mary mother of James. They had went to adorn him with spices and found an empty tomb. “But the angel answered and said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised, just as he said...And go quickly, tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and behold, he is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there.’ Behold, I have told you” (Matthew 28:5-7, New Revised Standard Version) (Psalm 16:10-11). Jesus appeared 3 times before His ascension.
The first person Jesus appeared before was Mary Magdalene. “Now after he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. She went out and told those who had been with him, while they were mourning and weeping. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it” (Mark 16:9-11, NRSV). Scholars believe that Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene because of her faithfulness. She was there at His crucifixion (John 19:25), there at His burial (Matt 27:57-61), the first at His tomb in the morning (John 20:1-2), and she remained at the empty tomb when the disciples left.
The Gospel of Mark states that Jesus then appeared to 2 of His disciples on the road to Emmaus. “After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them” (Mark 16:12-13, NRSV). Jesus then appeared to the 11 apostles.
Jesus appeared to the 11 apostles. He scolded them for their lack of faith and stubbornness in not believing those that had seen that He had risen from the dead. Then, He instructed them. “...Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes in their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover” (Mark 16:15-18, NRSV)(Luke 24:51) . When Jesus finished speaking, He ascended to heaven and was seated at the right hand of God (Mark 16:19-20; Luke 24:51; Matthew 22:44; Psalm 24:7-10, 68:18, 110:1). May you find this useful to your walk with Christ. Till next week!
Hymn of the Week: “There is Power in the Blood” by Lewis Edgar Jones (1899).
Rev. Tritthart is a graduate of Westminster College and Rawlings Divinity School. She is an ordained minister, a public speaker, and a ministerial services provider offering assistance to Miami and the surrounding areas. She owns Tritthart Special Event Services and can be reached at (918) 919-1500 or www.Facebook.com/tritthartses.