Accounts of the Various Appearances of Jesus Christ (Matt 28: 16-20, Mk 16: 9-18, John 21: 1 -14, Lk 24: 13-49, John 20: 24-29)
The Appearances of Jesus Christ (Matt 28: 16-20, Mk 16: 9-18, John 21: 1 -14, Lk 24: 13-49, John 20: 24-29)
After the resurrection of Jesus, He made several appearances to many people. He appeared in Jerusalem and its surroundings and also in Galilee. The appearance is recorded in the synoptic gospel and in the Gospel according to Saint John.
In the Gospel of Matthew, he appeared to the women disciples and instructed them to meet him by a mountain in Galilee. The eleven disciples also came and worshipped him, and he gave them the “Great Commission”
According to Mark’s Gospel (Mk 16: 9-18), Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene. He also appeared to two men on their way to Emmaus.
He appeared also to the eleven disciples and gave them the Great Commission and the signs that will follow.
In John’s Gospel (John 21:1-14), Jesus revealed himself by the sea of Tiberias to Simon Peter, Thomas, Nathaniel, James and John, The sons of Zebedee and two other disciples.
According to (John 20: 24-29) Jesus Appeared to Thomas. Thomas was not with the disciples when Jesus first appeared to them and he doubted.
But he said to them, “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 will not believe.” John 20: 25
A week later Jesus appeared to the disciples again and said “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” He believed and Jesus said to him “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
According to Luke Gospel (Luke 24: 13-49) the same day that Jesus appeared to the women disciples, he appeared to two other disciples who were going to Emmaus. One of them was Cleopas.
Therefore, the appearances of Jesus on different occasions were to strengthen the faith of the disciples.