Spend time in prayer and silence with God, asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and He appeared to Cephas, and then to the twelve. 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. Then He appeared to James, then to all the Apostles, and last of all He appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
– 1 Corinthians 15:3-8
During the 40 days following His resurrection, Jesus appeared many times in many places to individuals and groups of people. Only a few of these appearances are recorded in the four Gospels; but the apostle Paul made it clear that more appearances occurred. The empty tomb, combined with His numerous post-resurrection appearances and the impact these had on His followers, constitute the evidence proving that Jesus defeated death, as He said He would.
The Big Question
How does the evidence of Christ’s post-resurrection appearances bolster your faith? What did Paul mean when he referred to himself as “one abnormally born”? How does Paul’s background add credibility when he writes concerning the resurrection? Are you convinced that Jesus was who He said He was and that He proved this by rising from the dead?
Conclude your time in prayer and silence, reflecting on what God revealed to you today.