3 Things Jesus Did After The Resurrection

Acts 1:3 tells us that after the resurrection there was a period of forty days in which Jesus appeared to His disciples. We see three things that Jesus did during that time.

1) Jesus restored His disciples’ faith & gave them hope

Jesus’ crucifixion devastated His followers. In Matthew 19:27 Peter said to Jesus, “We have left everything to follow you.” And in John 6:68 he said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” In John 20:9 we also learn that they “did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.”

From the perspective of His followers, while Jesus was being crucified, everything they had hoped in and believed in was dying before their eyes.

So after His resurrection Jesus set out restore their hope.

We see Him appear to a sobbing Mary Magdalene in John 20:15-18. With one simple word, “Mary”, Jesus restored her faith and gave her hope.

Then in John 20:19-30 Jesus appeared to the apostles and “showed them his hands and side”, which had been pierced for their sin. Then we’re told the apostles were “overjoyed when they saw the Lord.” They had misunderstood. What the world had meant for evil, God meant for good.

2) Jesus taught His disciples how the scriptures pointed towards Him

As we saw earlier Jesus’ followers did not understand what the Scripture said about Him. That’s why once their faith was restored Jesus moved to ground their faith through Scripture.

We see this in Acts 1:2-3 where we find Jesus giving the apostles commandments and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

Again in Luke 24:27 we see Jesus, beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, explaining to His disciples what was said in the Scriptures concerning himself.

And again in Luke 24:32 where the disciples’ “hearts burned” as Jesus “opened the Scripture” to them. They once were blind to the truth of the Bible but Jesus gave them spiritual sight.

3) Jesus sent His followers out to share the good news

With their faith restored and strengthened, Jesus’ final instructions to the Apostles in Matthew 28:19 was to “go and make disciples of all nations” by sharing with the world the great things that Jesus has done.

Good Friday

“He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.

But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; rand the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

– Isaiah 53:3-6

Good Friday

The Death and Life of Jesus

“He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.
– Isaiah 53:5

Pay attention, all families of the nations, and observe! An extraordinary murder has taken place in the center of Jerusalem, in the city devoted to God’s law, in the city of the Hebrews, in the city of the prophets, in the city thought of as just. And who has been murdered? And who is the murderer? I am ashamed to give the answer, but give it I must. For if this murder had taken place at night, or if he had been slain in a desert place, it would be well to keep silent; but it was in the middle of the main street, even in the center of the city, while all were looking on, that the unjust murder of this just person took place.

And thus he was lifted up upon the tree, and an inscription was affixed identifying the one who had been murdered. Who was he? It is painful to tell, but it is more dreadful not to tell. Therefore, hear and tremble because of him for whom the earth trembled.

The one who hung the earth in space, is himself hanged; the one who fixed the heavens in place, is himself impaled; the one who firmly fixed all things, is himself firmly fixed to the tree. The Lord is insulted, God has been murdered, the King of Israel has been destroyed by the right hand of Israel.

O frightful murder! O unheard of injustice! The Lord is disfigured and he is not deemed worthy of a cloak for his naked body, so that he might not be seen exposed. For this reason the stars turned and fled, and the day grew quite dark, in order to hide the naked person hanging on the tree, darkening not the body of the Lord, but the eyes of men.

Yes, even though the people did not tremble, the earth trembled instead; although the people were not afraid, the heavens grew frightened; although the people did not tear their garments, the angels tore theirs; although the people did not lament, the Lord thundered from heaven, and the most high uttered his voice.

But the Lord arose from the dead and mounted up to the heights of heaven. When the Lord had clothed himself with humanity, and had suffered for the sake of the sufferer, and had been bound for the sake of the imprisoned, and had been judged for the sake of the condemned, and buried for the sake of the one who was buried,

He rose up from the dead, and cried aloud with this voice, “Who is he who contends with me? Let him stand in opposition to me. I set the condemned man free; I gave the dead man life; I raised up the one who had been entombed.”

“Who is my opponent? I,” he says, “am the Christ. I am the one who destroyed death, and triumphed over the enemy, and trampled Hades under foot, and bound the strong one, and carried off man to the heights of heaven, I,” he says, “am the Christ.”

“Therefore, come, all families of men, you who have been befouled with sins, and receive forgiveness for your sins. I am your forgiveness, I am the passover of your salvation, I am the lamb which was sacrificed for you, I am your ransom, I am your light, I am your saviour, I am your resurrection, I am your king, I am leading you up to the heights of heaven, I will show you the eternal Father, I will raise you up by my right hand.”

This is the one who made the heavens and the earth, and who in the beginning created man, who was proclaimed through the law and prophets, who became human via the virgin, who was hanged upon a tree, who was buried in the earth, who was resurrected from the dead, and who ascended to the heights of heaven, who sits at the right hand of the Father, who has authority to judge and to save everything, through whom the Father created everything from the beginning of the world to the end of the age.

This is the alpha and the omega. This is the beginning and the end–an indescribable beginning and an incomprehensible end. This is the Christ. This is the king. This is Jesus. This is the general. This is the Lord. This is the one who rose up from the dead. This is the one who sits at the right hand of the Father. He bears the Father and is borne by the Father, to whom be the glory and the power forever. Amen.

– Melito of Sardis

Passion Week Events

Palm Sunday

– Christ enters Jerusalem: Mat 21:1-11; Mar 11:1-10; Luk 19:28-44; Jhn 12:12-19

Monday

– The second cleansing of the temple: Mat 21:12-17; Mar 11:15-18; Luk 19:45-48

Tuesday

– The barren fig tree: Mat 21:18-22; Mar 11:11-14, 19-23

– The questioning of the chief priests: Mat 21:23-27; Mar 11:27-33; Luk 20:1-8

– Parable of the two sons: Mat 21:28-32

– Parable of the wicked husbandmen: Mat 21:33-46; Mar 12:1-12; Luk 20:9-18

– The tribute money: Mat 22:15-22; Mar 12:13-17; Luk 20:20-26

– The Sadducees confuted: Mat 22:23-33; Mar 12:18-27; Luk 20:27-40

– The great commandment: Mat 22:34-40; Mar 12:28-34

– David’s Son and David’s Lord: Mat 22:41-46; Mar 12:35-37; Luk 20:41-44

– The hypocrisy and ambition of the Pharisees: Mat 23:1-39; Mar 12:38-40; Luk 20:45-47

– The widow’s mite: Mar 12:41-44; Luk 21:1-4

– Christ’s second coming foretold: Mat 24:1-51; Mar 13:1-37; Luk 21:5-36

– Parable of the ten virgins: Mat 25:1-13

– The last judgment: Mat 25:31-46

– Greeks visit Jesus. Voice from heaven: Jhn 12:20-36

– The judgment of unbelief: Jhn 12:37-50

– Last passover. Conspiracy of Jews: Mat 26:1-5; Mar 14:1,2; Luk 22:1,2

– Judas Iscariot: Mat 26:14-16; Mar 14:10, 11; Luk 22:3-6

Thursday

– Paschal supper: Mat 26:17-30; Mar 14:12-26; Luk 22:7-23; Jhn 13:1-35

– Contention of the apostles: Luk 22:24-30

– Peter’s fall foretold: Mat 26:31-35; Mar 14:27-31; Luk 22:31-39; Jhn 13:36-38

– Last discourse. The departure. The Comforter: Jhn 14:1-31

– The vine and the branches. Abiding in love: Jhn 15:1-27

– Work of the Comforter in the disciples: Jhn 16:1-33

– The prayer of Christ for them: Jhn 17:1-26

– Gethsemane: Mat 26:36-46; Mar 14:32-42; Luk 22:40-46; Jhn 18:1

Good Friday

– The betrayal: Mat 26:47-56; Mar 14:43-52; Luk 22:47-53; Jhn 18:2-11

– Christ before Annas and Caiaphas. Peter’s denial: Mat 26:57, 58, 69-75; Mar 14:53, 54, 66-72; Luk 22:54-65; Jhn 18:12-27

– Christ before the sanhedrin: Mat 26:59-68; Mar 14:55-65; Luk 22:66-71

– Christ before Pilate: Mat 27:1, 2, 11-14; Mar 15:1-5; Luk 23:1-6; Jhn 18:12-28

– The traitor’s death: Mat 27:3-10

– Christ before Herod: Luk 23:7-12

– Accusation and condemnation: Mat 27:15-26; Mar 15:6-15; Luk 23:13-25; Jhn 18:29; 19:16

– Treatment by the soldiers: Mat 27:27-31; Mar 15:16-20; Luk 23:36,37; Jhn 19:1-3

– The crucifixion: Mat 27:32-38; Mar 15:21-28; Luk 23:26-34; Jhn 19:17-24

– The mother of Jesus at the cross: Jhn 19:25-27

– Mockings and railings: Mat 27:39-44; Mar 15:29-32; Luk 23:35-39

– The penitent malefactor: Luk 23:40-43

– The death of Christ: Mat 27:50; Mar 15:37; Luk 23:46; 19:28-30

– Darkness and other portents: Mat 27:45-53; Mar 15:33-38; Luk 23:44,45

– The bystanders: Mat 27:54-56; Mar 15:39-41; Luk 23:47-49

– The side pierced: Jhn 19:31-37

– The burial: Mat 27:57-61; Mar 15:42-47; Luk 23:50-56; Jhn 19:38-42

– The guard of the sepulchre: Mat 27:62-66; 28:11-15

Resurrection Sunday

– The resurrection: Mat 28:1-10; Mar 16:1-11; Luk 24:1-12; Jhn 20:1-18

He Is Risen!

Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. – Matthew 28:5-6

Christ, when He rose up from the dead, cried aloud with this voice, “Who is he who contends with me? Let him stand in opposition to me. I set the condemned man free; I gave the dead man life; I raised up the one who had been entombed.”

“Who is my opponent? I,” he says, “am the Christ. I am the one who destroyed death, and triumphed over the enemy, and trampled Hades under foot, and bound the strong one, and carried off man to the heights of heaven, I,” he says, “am the Christ.”

“Therefore, come, all families of men, you who have been befouled with sins, and receive forgiveness for your sins. I am your forgiveness, I am the passover of your salvation, I am the lamb which was sacrificed for you, I am your ransom, I am your light, I am your Savior, I am your resurrection, I am your king, I am leading you up to the heights of heaven, I will show you the eternal Father, I will raise you up by my right hand.”

This is the one who made the heavens and the earth, and who in the beginning created man, who was proclaimed through the law and prophets, who became human via the virgin, who was hanged upon a tree, who was buried in the earth, who was resurrected from the dead, and who ascended to the heights of heaven, who sits at the right hand of the Father, who has authority to judge and to save everything, through whom the Father created everything from the beginning of the world to the end of the age.

This is the alpha and the omega. This is the beginning and the end–an indescribable beginning and an incomprehensible end. This is the Christ. This is the king. This is Jesus. This is the general. This is the Lord. This is the one who rose up from the dead. This is the one who sits at the right hand of the Father. He bears the Father and is borne by the Father, to whom be the glory and the power forever. Amen.

– Melito of Sardis

When The Sun Fled Away

“Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?

And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.
Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split…”
– Matthew 27:45-46;50-51

The earth shook, and its foundations trembled; the sun fled away, and the elements turned back, and the day was changed into night: for they could not endure the sight of their Lord hanging on a tree. The whole creation was amazed, marveling and saying, “What new mystery, then, is this?

The Judge is judged, and holds his peace; the Invisible One is seen, and is not ashamed; the Incomprehensible is laid hold upon, and is not indignant; the Illimitable is circumscribed, and does not resist; the Impossible suffers, and does not avenge; the Immortal dies, and answers not a word; the Celestial is laid in the grave, and endures! What new mystery is this?

The whole creation, I say, was astonished; but, when our Lord arose from the place of the dead, and trampled death under foot, and bound the strong one, and set man free, then did the whole creation see clearly that for man’s sake the Judge was condemned, and the Invisible was seen, and the Illimitable was circumscribed, and the Impassible suffered, and the Immortal died, and the Celestial was laid in the gave.

For our Lord, when He was born man, was condemned in order that He might Show mercy, was bound in order that He might loose, was seized in order that He might release, suffered in order that He might feel compassion, died in order that He might give life, was laid in the grave that He might raise from the dead.

– Melito of Sardis

Through The Eyes Of God

A few minutes ago Jesus of Nazareth was crucified. In the moments that followed, the afternoon sky became dark as midnight. The birds stopped singing, and the wind refused to blow. Even the crowd that hours earlier had been screaming for His blood now looked on in complete silence.

The only sound you could hear were the cries of Jesus’ friends and family. They stood at the foot of the cross weeping bitterly as they watched the last drops of His blood spill out unto the ground just in front of them. Lifting their tear-filled eyes towards heaven they cried out to God, “How could you let this happen? What good can come of this?”

God answered them saying, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:9). Be still and know I am God (Psalm 46:10) and know that all things work together for the good of those that love Me (Romans 8:28).”

God had a plan but they couldn’t see it clearly because they were looking through the eyes of man which only see the present. But God can see the beginning of history as clearly as He can see its ending and knew that everything would work out the way He wanted it to.

Where they saw an ending, God saw a beginning. Where they saw death, God saw resurrection. Where they saw hopelessness, God saw the gap between Creator and Creation being bridged. God turned the worst event in history into the greatest. And He can do the same for you and your trials.

Turn your problems over to Him and He will give you a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair (Isaiah 61:3).

Justice Satisfied

When I see the blood, l mill pass over you. (Exodus 12:13)

My own sight of the precious blood is for my comfort; but it is the Lord’s sight of it which secures my safety. Even when I am unable to behold it, the Lord looks at it and passes over me because of it. If I am not so much at ease as I ought to be, because my faith is dim, yet I am equally safe because the Lord’s eye is not dim, and He sees the blood of the great Sacrifice with steady gaze. What joy is this!

The Lord sees the deep inner meaning, the infinite fullness of all that is meant by the death of His dear Son. He sees it with restful memory of justice satisfied and all His matchless attributes glorified. He beheld creation in its progress and said, “It is very good”; but what does He say of redemption in its completeness?

What does He say of the obedience even unto death of His well-beloved Son? None can tell His delight in Jesus, His rest in the sweet savor which Jesus presented when He offered Himself without spot unto God.

Now we rest in calm security. We have God’s sacrifice and God’s Word to create in us a sense of perfect security. He will, He must, pass over us, because He spared not our glorious Substitute. Justice joins hands with love to provide everlasting salvation for all the blood-besprinkled.

– C.H. Spurgeon