He is Risen!
When Jesus rose on the 3rd day, He began making appearances to many of His friends, followers and disciples.
In fact, here is a great list of eleven different appearances of Jesus that are recorded in the New Testament:
- To Mary Magdalene at the sepulchre alone. This is recorded at length only by John(20:11-18), and alluded to by Mark (16:9-11).
- To certain women, “the other Mary,” Salome, Joanna, and others, as they returned from the sepulchre. Matthew (28:1-10) alone gives an account of this. (Compare Mark 16:1-8, and Luke 24:1-11.)
- To Simon Peter alone on the day of the resurrection. (See Luke 24:34; 1 Cor. 15:5.)
- To the two disciples on the way to Emmaus on the day of the resurrection, recorded fully only by Luke (24:13-35. Compare Mark 16:12,13).
- To the ten disciples (Thomas being absent) and others “with them,” at Jerusalemon the evening of the resurrection day. One of the evangelists gives an account of this appearance, John (20:19-24).
- To the disciples again (Thomas being present) at Jerusalem (Mark 16:14-18; Luke 24:33-40; John 20:26-28. See also 1 Cor. 15:5).
- To the disciples when fishing at the Sea of Galilee. Of this appearance also John (21:1-23) alone gives an account.
- To the eleven, and above 500 brethren at once, at an appointed place in Galilee (1 Cor. 15:6; compare Matt. 28:16-20).
- To James, but under what circumstances we are not informed (1 Cor. 15:7).
- To the apostles immediately before the ascension. They accompanied him from Jerusalem to Mount Olivet, and there they saw him ascend “till a cloud received him out of their sight” (Mark 16:19; Luke 24:50-52; Acts 1:4-10).It is worthy of note that it is distinctly related that on most of these occasions our Lord afforded his disciples the amplest opportunity of testing the fact of his resurrection. He conversed with them face to face. They touched him (Matt. 28:9; Luke 24:39; John 20:27), and he ate bread with them (Luke 24:42,43; John 21:12,13).
- In addition to the above, mention might be made of Christ’s manifestation of himself to Paul at Damascus, who speaks of it as an appearance of the risen Savior (Acts 9:3-9, 17; 1 Cor. 15:8; 9:1).
- It is implied in the words of Luke (Acts 1:3) that there may have been other appearances of which we have no record. (I found this wonderful list at: http://www.christiananswers.net/dictionary/resurrectionofchrist.html)
Because I had so many great music choices for today, I just decided to include an entire collection of songs.
Christ the Lord is Risen Today (Steve Green)
He Holds the Keys (Steve Green)
You Are Worth/Christ the Lord is Risen Today (Prestonwood Choir & Orchestra)
Because He Lives (Matt Maher)
Because He Lives (Gaither Vocal Band)
He’s Alive (Don Francisco)
That’s it for some of our favorite Easter songs today.
I’d love to hear about the songs you love to sing (and hear) at Easter~
Blessings to you,
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