Appearance

Peter and John left the garden tomb and returned to their homes in the city. Mary stayed at the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in again. This time, she saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying. One of the angels asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“Because they have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”

Grief

Her grief was overwhelming and she turned to leave. As she did, she saw someone else standing just out side the tomb. The man asked her, “Why are you crying? Who is it that you are looking for?”

She assumed he was the gardener, so she asked him,“Sir, if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.”

“Mary!” Jesus said.

In an instant she spun around and cried out, “Teacher!”

“Don’t cling to me,” Jesus said, “for I haven’t yet ascended to the Father. But go now, and find my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

Revelation

So Mary went and found the other disciples. “I have seen the Lord!”, she exclaimed, and she told them everything that Jesus had said.

Later that same day, Jesus appeared to Peter. He also appeared to Cleopas and another disciple, as they were walking home to Emmaus from Jerusalem. When the two men realised that it was Jesus, they ran all the way back to Jerusalem to tell the other disciples. As they were telling their story of how Jesus had appeared to them, Jesus himself suddenly appeared among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. Everyone in the room was startled and frightened. They thought they were seeing a ghost!

“Why are you frightened?” he asked. “Why are your hearts filled with doubt? Look at my hands. Look at my feet. You can see that it’s really me. Touch me and make sure that I am not a ghost, because ghosts don’t have bodies, as you see that I do.” As he spoke, he showed them his hands and his feet.

Witness

Still they stood there in disbelief, filled with joy and wonder. Then he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” So they gave him a piece of broiled fish and he ate it as they watched.

After he had eaten, he said to them, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled. It was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of His name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem… and the message is this: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’”

Looking around the room at all who were gathered there, he said, “You are witnesses of all these things.”


Take a moment to reflect on the story you have just read.
(sometimes it is helpful to read it again, slowly)

*Was there something in this story that you discovered—or thought about—for the first time?
*As you think about the story, what questions do you have? What do you wonder about?
*How might this story change your perspective / beliefs / behaviors?

I would love to hear what you are discovering as you think through these questions.
Comments are moderated to ensure they are relevant to the story and questions above.


Easter Story
Return Of The King | Last Supper | Garden | Accusations | Denial | Sentenced | Crucifixion | Burial | Empty Tomb | Appearance

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