We Renewalists—those belonging to the worldwide, historical Renewal Movements—also believe he still appears to people today.
Here is the figure or diagram of the states of Jesus Christ:
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His appearances are part of his resurrection, the right side of the up-sweeping arrow.
The following table lists fourteen appearances to a variety of disciples, after the resurrection.
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|The Empty Tomb||Jerusalem||Resurrection Sunday||Mt. 28:1-10; Mk. 16:1-8; Lk. 24:1-12; Jn. 20:1-9|
|Mary Magdalene||In a garden in Jerusalem||Resurrection Sunday||Mk. 16:9-11; Jn. 11-18|
|Other women||Jerusalem||Resurrection Sunday||Mt. 28:9-10|
|Two men on Road to Emmaus||Emmaus seven miles from Jerusalem||Resurrection Sunday||Mk. 16:12-13; Lk. 24:13-32|
|Peter||Jerusalem||Resurrection Sunday||Lk. 24:34; 1 Cor. 15:5|
|Ten disciples in upper room||Jerusalem||Resurrection Sunday||Lk. 24:36-43; Jn. 20:19-25|
|Eleven disciples in upper room||Jerusalem||Following Sunday||Mk. 16:14; Jn. 20:26-31; 1 Cor. 15:5|
|Seven disciples||Sea of Galilee||Some time later||Jn. 21:1-23|
|Eleven disciples on mountain||Galilee||Some time later||Mt. 28:16-20; Mk. 16:15-18|
|More than five hundred||Unknown||Some time later||1 Cor. 15:6|
|James||Unknown||Some time later||1 Cor. 15:7|
|His disciples at his ascension||Mount of Olives||Forty days after resurrection||Lk. 24:44-49; Ac. 1:3-8|
|Paul||Damascus||Several years later||Ac. 9:1-9, 22:3-16, 26:9-18; 1 Cor. 9:1|
|Adapted from NIV Study Bible, p. 1754.|
The key verses are as follows:
5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters 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.(1 Cor. 15:5-8)
Five hundred of his disciples at one sitting or at the same time. Wonderful!
So how do I get closer to Jesus and know him better?
Christ’s bodily resurrection changes everything. When he started preaching, he ushered in the new, eternal kingdom that has a global reach outside of Israel. By his resurrection, he has ratified the new kingdom and put his seal on it.
Reports are now circulating and growing in number that Jesus is appearing to Muslims, either in dreams or personally in his body. They are converting to Christ.
Without the resurrection, his mission would like any other world religion—just preach some sort of message, and in Islam’s case, if they don’t convert, force them. But the Spirit of Jesus woos and draws people—not ravishes them.
Jesus’s resurrection ushered in the Church Age, when he sent his Spirit to the upper room (Acts 2), probably the same one in the above list. When he was alive he said it would be advantageous for him to go away into heaven, because he would send the Spirit (Jn. 16:7). Now he can direct the Spirit to guide his Church. Personally, his Spirit guides you. He presents Jesus to you—all due to Jesus’s resurrection.
And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. (Rom. 8:11)
Written by James Malcolm
ARTICLES IN “DO I REALLY KNOW JESUS?” SERIES
14. Do I Really Know Jesus? He Appeared to His Disciples