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Lesson Five: Buried Any Doubt He Was Alive
The Days after the Resurrection
Randy “Doc” Johnson

Jesus’ last words on the cross were It is finished (John 19:30).  Jesus came to earth to mend the relationship between God and man.  Man’s sin had brought a price they couldn’t afford.  Only Jesus could pay it, but it would cost Him His life.  He died for our sin.  He came to earth to die.  He was born to die.  Finally, when He is about to die, He says, It is finished

However, He doesn’t stop there.

Jesus rose from the dead.  Being God, the grave couldn’t hold Him.

However, He doesn’t stop there.

He stays on earth proving He is alive and therefore, God.

“If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn't rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead.”  Timothy Keller

Acts 1:1-3
In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.

How long was Jesus on earth after the resurrection?

Why did Jesus stay on earth so long?

John 20:11-17
But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

Which Mary is this?

Why do you think a woman was the first person He appeared to?

Matthew 28:9-10
And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

1 Corinthians 15:5
and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.

Why do you think Cephas (Peter) is singled out from the twelve?

Luke 24:13-19
That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people.

This is three days later, why do you think it is still the talk of the town?

Was Jesus the only one crucified that day?

John 20:19-20
On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.

Acts 1 spoke of Jesus giving many proofs that He was alive.  What are some of them here?

John 21:1-6
After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way. 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. 4 Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” 6 He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish.

1 Corinthians 15:6
Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.

How many total people would this be if you add an estimation for women and children?

1 Corinthians 15:7
Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.

Why is James singled out from the apostles?

Matthew 28:16-20
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

What did Jesus call them to do (hint: reach, gather, grow)?

What do Buddha, Confucius, Mohammed, Joseph Smith, and Karl Marx all have in common?

If signs marked gravesites, their’s would read, “occupied”.  Only Jesus’ grave rates a vacancy sign.

The eleven disciples believed Jesus rose from the dead so much that they were willing to die for it.  Historical writers documented how each disciple died:

Matthew – killed by the sword
James – thrown from the pinnacle of the Temple and then stoned.
James, son of Zebedee – killed by sword
Bartholomew (Nathaniel) – crucified
Andrew – crucified
Thomas – speared and dragged by horses
Philip – crucified
Thaddaeus – killed by arrows
Simon – crucified
Peter – crucified upside down
John – unharmed by boiling oil, sent to Patmos

Why was Peter crucified upside down?

They tried to kill John in boiling oil, but he was unscathed.  What other Bible story has men untouched by the elements?

Some have accused the disciples of stealing Jesus “dead” body and hiding it.  This would be an amazing prank.  It has some obvious problems:

How would they account for all His appearances – 40 days?

What would they have gained from hiding His body – money, power, women?

How great does a “prank” have to be for one to be willing to die for it?

Even if you were willing, are you sure your ten friends will keep the secret to the grave?

Sometimes it takes more faith to believe Jesus isn’t God than to believe He rose from the dead.

Acts 1:7-9
He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.

These are Jesus’ last words on earth.  Then He was lifted up (Ascension).  Last words normally hold a little more emphasis.

What was Jesus leaving with His followers?

What was Jesus’ final calling to His followers?

Is there any potential significance of the order of the locations listed?

How do these locations relate to your region?

How are/can you help reach these areas?

“Few people seem to realize that the resurrection of Jesus is the cornerstone to a worldview that provides the perspective to all of life.”
Josh McDowell

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