.... After Jesus rose from the dead, He appeared to the women who had come to visit His tomb early on that Sunday morning. They held onto His feet and worshiped Him, then He sent them to tell His disciples that He had risen; but when the disciples heard that He was alive, and that He had been seen by them . . . they did not believe them.
.... "Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?"
(Isaiah 53:1 - 712 B.C.)
..... As that day drew on, further reports came in. One of the apostles, Simon Peter, ran to the tomb when he heard the women’s news. Going inside, he saw the grave clothes lying in a pile, and the napkin that was bound around His head, folded and laying in a place by itself -- but the body was gone. For the moment, he could only wonder at what had happened. But later that morning, Jesus would appear to him as well.
.... Next He appeared to two of His disciples as they walked along the road in the countryside. He spoke to them for an extended time, showing them how His sufferings and glory had fulfilled the Old Testament prophecy – and their hearts burned within them to hear His words.
.... And as these disciples returned to Jerusalem, to report these things to the apostles, Jesus Himself appeared in the midst of them, though they were hiding in fear at the time and the doors had been securely locked behind them.
.... "Peace be with you." He said to them; but they were terrified, for they knew quite well that He had died, and they thought they were seeing a ghost. But Jesus said to them, "Behold My hands and My feet, that is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have."
.... And when He had said this, He showed them the nail prints in His hands and in His feet, and the place where a Roman soldier had thrust a spear into His side to ensure that He was dead.
.... And while they still did not believe because of their joy, He said to them, "Have you any food here?" So they gave Him a piece of fish and some honeycomb, and He took them and ate them in their presence. Then they were convinced, and were glad when they saw the Lord. But He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart because they had not believed those He had sent to them, who had seen Him after He had risen.
.... ". . . if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
(Romans 10:9 - 57-58 A.D.).
Jesus told His disciples, "I am the Resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, yet shall he live."
But then He followed this statement with a question: "Do you believe this?"
For every person must come to peace with this answer in their heart..
.... After the resurrection of Christ, the apostles touched His deadly wounds and handled Him with their hands. As they did so, they touched the proof that our sins were forgiven, and the living promise of our own resurrection to come. For in Jesus Christ, though faith in His name, we may receive a new life now with a clean, new slate; and we will be raised again from the dead at the end of days:
.... "Your dead shall live, together with My dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust: for your dew is like the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead."
(Isaiah 26:19 - 713 B.C.)
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