The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. Acts 1 – 3. NKJV
Sometimes, you will come upon people who are not convinced that the gospel is real. Many of them have a hard time swallowing the veracity of the resurrection of Jesus. So, let’s examine the biblical proofs to flesh out the justification for our faith. Here is groundwork where we may begin:
God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. Heb. 1:1 – 3. NASB
“…I lay down My life so that I may take it again. No one has taken it from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have the authority to lay it down, and I have the authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.” Jn. 10:17, 18. NASB
Jesus, for all intents and purposes, possesses every single power of Jehovah God – even the power over life itself. He exercised that power to allow Himself to die and to be resurrected. That was the will and plan of God, and He cannot be thwarted.
Given that these are irrefutable facts, let us now follow our resurrected Jesus about His risen doings upon this earth, beginning when Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of James, came upon Him while traveling to tell the apostles about His empty tomb:
And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.” Mt. 28:9, 10. NKJV
Later, the apostles obey; and in that meeting they receive the ‘Great Commission:’
…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…I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Mt. 28:16 – 20. NASB
Jesus Christ is timeless.
Returning to he same day that Jesus appeared to the women, He was walking on the road to Emmaus by Himself, when He came upon two disciples, one of which was named Cleopas:
While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself approached them and began traveling with them. But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him…Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures. Lk. 24:15, 16 & 27. NASB
Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. Lk. 24:31, 32. NKJV
After that, these disciples went to tell the apostles, during which, our Lord appeared:
So when it was evening on that day…when the doors were shut were the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” And when He had said this, He showed them both His hands and His side. The disciples then rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jn. 20:19, 20. NASB
Eight days later, Jesus would return to the apostles to reveal Himself to the one apostle, Thomas, who was missing on His previous visit. (Jn. 20:24 – 31.)
Sometime later, Christ appeared to His apostles by the Sea of Tiberius, and miraculously filled some of their boats with fish they couldn’t catch before, and they all had a ‘fish fry;’ and Jesus spoke to Peter in their final one-on-one conversation. (Jn. chapter 21):
…Jesus showed Himself again as the Sea of Tiberias… Jn. 21:1 NKJV
This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to HIs disciples after He was raised from the dead. Jn. 21:14 NKJV
The apostles were also present when Jesus ascended to heaven. (Acts 1:9, 10.)
In total, Christ walked this earth for 40 days after He was resurrected:
…God raised Him from the dead; and for many days (forty) He appeared to those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, the very ones who are now His witnesses to the people. Acts 13:30, 31. AMP
…Christ died for our sins according to [that which] the Scriptures [foretold], and that He was buried, and that He was [bodily] raised on the third day according to [that which] the Scriptures foretold, and that He appeared to Cephas (Peter), then to the Twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time…He was seen by James, then by all the apostles, and last of all, as to one untimely (prematurely, traumatically born), He appeared to me also. 1 Cor. 15:3 – 8. AMP
So yes, let us not forget that Jesus did return yet one more time to Paul, showing us that He is presently alive!
As he traveled he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him [displaying the glory and majesty of Christ]; and he fell to the ground and heard a voice [from heaven] saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And Saul said, “Who are You, Lord? And He answered, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting…” Acts 9:3 – 5. AMP
Praise God for His truth!
Goodnight and God bless.