More Than Appearances

“An empty tomb could be accomplished in so many different ways,” you say, “What proof do you have that Jesus rose from the dead?”   Ah, but there’s more to the empty tomb than just a say-so.  There are the Resurrection appearances of Christ that are more than just appearances.  They provided eyewitnesses and evidence!

1 Corinthians 15: 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

We’re not talking Zombie Apocalypse, the Walking Dead, or Night of the Living Dead.  Jesus wasn’t a zombie and He was not a dead man walking.  He was and is alive and certainly not walking around in the body of a corpse. 

He was in the body of the Christ, the Savior,

and that’s how He appeared to so many. 

He looked enough like the living Jesus of His earthly ministry to be recognized, but glorified so that He wasn’t immediately obvious (Luke 24:13-49).   His appearances to so many people were to designed to encourage future generations of disciples by creating eyewitnesses of the fact that He is Risen!  He is Risen, Indeed!

What does it mean to be Resurrected?  A living God and Savior who gives us Resurrection appearances as evidence on which to base our faith.

Our series on 1 Corinthians 15 entitled What It Means to Be Resurrected can be accessed fully from the archives beginning April 2017. 


Categories Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals | Tags: | Posted on April 28, 2017

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