Resurrection to Ascension

Jesus' Appearances to Many Witnesses

(Mt. 28:1-20; Mk. 16:9-20; Lk. 2413-52, Jn. 20:11-21:23, Acts 1:1-11, 1 Cor. 15:1-8)


Questions to consider:

  1. Do we know the identity of the two disciples who were walking to Emmaus?

  2. At the time that Jesus began to talk with them, were they aware of any appearance of Jesus to anyone?

  3. On what day did Jesus meet them?

  4. When did these two men return to Jerusalem?

  5. When these two men found "the eleven" gathered together, does that necessarily mean all of the eleven remaining apostles were present? (Compare 1 Cor. 15:5.) Were all of the eleven remaining apostles present?

  6. Had the Lord already appeared to someone prior to this time? If so, to whom? (Luke 24:34, 1 Cor. 15:5)

  7. Does Luke describe the ascension of Jesus 40 days after the resurrection? (Compare questions 9 & 10 below.) If so, what might at first glance appear to have taken place all on one day in Luke's account (Luke 24:1-52) must actually include events from more than one occasion. Where in the text do you see possible breaks in the continuity? That is, at what verse does Luke move from describing events that occurred on the day Jesus was raised to describing events that occurred on subsequent day(s)?

  8. After Jesus first appeared to the apostles, how many days passed before Thomas saw the resurrected Lord?

  9. Where were the apostles when Jesus appeared to them as described in Jn. 21?

  10. What instruction did Jesus give to the apostles according to Luke 24:49 and Acts 1:4?

  11. Who is the James who is mentioned in 1 Cor. 15:7?


Put the following events in order. Write "1" next to the first event, "2" next to the second event, and so on.