Come Follow Me (June 26-July 2) | Eye Witnesses | Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20-21 (2023)


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Foreign crucifixion, the sky, turned black and lightning flashed while massive earthquakes split Boulders, like walnuts, the huge Temple curtain ripped into extra extra read all about it later.

Dozens of people saw Jesus of Nazareth spoke with him, touched his hands and sides and even ate with him alive again after the crucifixion, but many still wonder did Jesus really rise from the dead.

Well, we know the answer is yes today in the court of Truth, we'll hear many eyewitness testimonies from the people who were actually there and saw these amazing events.

It's an open and shut and open case court is in session call the first Witness order Order in the Court Nicodemus, not many Highly, Educated Pharisees believe in Jesus and I have proof of your skepticism.

Why should we believe your testimony about this alleged miracle? I admit it took me a few years to believe in Jesus's words, it does take some of us longer than others, but when Joseph and I saw the Earth shake after his death, we knew we couldn't leave him there.

It's just like Nick said we removed Jesus from the cross wrapped his body and placed it in a tomb with only one way in or out I know because I own it then soldiers sealed the door and kept guards to make sure no one opened it Mary, Magdalene I didn't call you to the stand.

According to tradition, women aren't allowed to be Witnesses, but I was the first person to witness Jesus's return.

I object, overruled everyone's testimony is important.

Thank you.

On the morning of the third day after Jesus was killed, I went to the tomb with the other women to anoint the savior's body, but when we got there, the Sepulcher was empty and Angels said that Jesus had risen.

You saw angels, several of us did.

Unfortunately, the apostles tried to explain it away.

Are you sure you didn't check the wrong grave? I went back to the Garden tomb.

I was crying when someone spoke to me.

Mary I thought it was a gardener, but I turned and it was Jesus.

Are you saying that you saw Jesus alive? How can we be sure your eyes weren't plain tricks on you? I even hugged him, but he told me he had to go.

I testify that it was Jesus alive again, just like he promised a very credible testimony, I'd say, and he even called you by a name, wow and I'll call the next witness.

We were walking down the road to Emmaus when we met a stranger.

So you admit it was a stranger.

Well, that's what we thought at first.

He asked what we were talking about.

Don't you know.

Jesus was crucified three days ago, but this morning his body was gone from the tomb.

Really he blew our minds with the scriptures.

While we walked together, it wasn't until he broke bread in our home that we realized.

It was Jesus very interesting.

You recognized Jesus when you saw him breaking bread, every Sunday.

We remember Jesus by breaking bread and promising to keep his Commandments.

We had to tell the apostles, but cell service stinks in Emmaus, so he ran all the way back to Jerusalem, but they had a hard time, believing US.

Ah finally, some sanity around here until Jesus appeared to them too.

At first we thought it was a ghost.

How do you know it wasn't a ghost, as you know, the Sadducees don't believe in Resurrection, so it definitely must have been a ghost, not a real living person except that Jesus.

Let us touch the wounds in his hands and feet and he ate fish and honeycomb do ghosts, eat um, no weren't any of you skeptical! Well, I! Wasn't there when Jesus appeared to the others and I doubted I, won't believe it's really Jesus until I feel the wounds in his hands and sides.

But then, eight days later, he appeared again.

I felt the nail Prince and wounds myself Lord.

It is you, sir you're an apostle, supposedly full of faith, and you doubted wanting hard evidence.

Then you believed again.

How can we be sure of anything hmm? Well, our faith can sometimes go up and down between big spiritual experiences, but I learned a really important lesson that day Thomas now that you've seen me yourself, you believe those who choose to believe in me without seeing will be even more blessed because of their faith.

Then, as a side note, Thomas would continue with great faith as a mighty missionary, possibly as far as India and you, you went back to your old job.

So you probably don't believe in this alleged Miracle right, oh of course I believe.

But belief and conversion are two different things in my case.

I didn't really know what to do after Jesus left.

So, yes, we uh went fishing, we didn't catch anything all night and in the morning a stranger told us to cast the Nets on the right side of the boat.

Ah, this story sounds familiar.

I knew it was him.

There were so many fish and apparently you jumped out of the boat and swam all the way to shore in a fit of delirium.

Hmm I was deliriously happy.

It was Jesus.

We sat down with him and stuffed ourselves with the most amazing fish, burritos um, and then he taught us that we needed to feed his sheep yep feed his sheep feed his sheep.

He really emphasized that.

If you truly love me, then stop fishing and feed my sheep, so you knew who Jesus was but to be really converted.

You had to leave your previous life and be Witnesses for him throughout the world.

Yep see being a true witness is a lot more than bearing testimony on the witness stand.

It's getting out there and doing oh and um, who are his sheep.

Everyone all of God's children, really wow.

Now Council, that's a lot of eyewitnesses of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, it's the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

I I have one final question: your honor, yes, um can I be a witness.

Absolutely we all can there are so many ways we can be Witnesses for Jesus, treating others how he would want us to is a great place to start, and we can't forget that the witness begins inside us as the Holy Spirit helps us learn of him and feel the power of his love.

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Who was Jesus talking to in Luke 24? ›

Luke 24:13–35 describes Jesus' appearance to two disciples who are walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus, which is said to be 60 stadia (10.4 to 12 km, depending on the definition of stadion is used) from Jerusalem. One of the disciples is named Cleopas (verse 18), while his companion remains unnamed.

Who were the two in Luke 24 13? ›

Today's passage, Luke 24:13-35, offers a glimpse of Jesus and his disciples after that first Easter. The story begins with two of Jesus' followers on the road between Jerusalem and Emmaus. One is named Cleopas; the other is not named, and might be Cleopas' wife.

Which of these apostles addressed Jesus as my Lord and my God upon seeing the scars of his wounds? ›

Thomas the Apostle is mentioned the first thing we recall is his doubt upon hearing of Jesus' resurrection and tremendous return to faith when Jesus invited him to touch the wounds of His crucifixion, crying out “My Lord, and My God!” We see him depicted reaching towards Jesus' wounds, and rightly meditate on doing so ...

What is the significance of the resurrection? ›

The resurrection amounts to the Father's clear signal that Jesus is the powerful Son of God who has conquered death and reigns as Lord of all (Romans 1:4; 4:25). The resurrection demonstrates that Jesus' “blood of the new covenant” saves His people from their sins.

What does Luke 24 21 mean? ›

Luke 24:17-21 (NIV)

They had great expectations that Jesus would be the One to redeem Israel and now their hopes had been nailed to the cross. If hope deferred makes one's heart sick certainly hope disappointed – especially such a grand hope as this – would kill the heart.

What is the lesson of Luke 24? ›

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ was the great crowning event of His life and mission. It was the capstone of the Atonement. The sacrifice of His life for all mankind was not complete without His coming forth from the grave, with the certainty of the Resurrection for all who have walked the earth.

Which apostle was sawed in two? ›

Voragine writes that Simon was sawed in half. Christian Ethiopians believe that while Simon did die in this manner, he was killed in Samaria, not Persia. According to this record, two jealous bishops sawed the apostle in half when he preached against idolatry.

Why did Jesus send two by two? ›

So Jesus sent them two by two, establishing a pattern that was not just reassuring for them, but also gave them the experience of forming friendships and little communities of purpose before extending the network of relationships that became the church.

Were the eyes open on the road to Emmaus? ›

Supper at Emmaus

At first, Jesus appears to Cleopas and one other disciple, but "their eyes were holden" so that they could not recognize him. Later, "in the breaking of bread" (Luke 24:30), "their eyes were opened" and they recognized him (Luke 24:31).

What is the lesson of John 20 24 29? ›

Doubt and not-believing (the next step) are considered fully human in a time in which people no longer believe that anyone can know the truth. This article shows from John 20:24-29 that we ought not to make use of Thomas' doubt to defend our doubt, and that doubting is sinful.

What is the meaning of John 20 20? ›

John 20:20. John described the joy of the disciples upon recognizing Jesus somewhat differently than does Luke. Luke emphasizes how astounding the disciples were at the appearance of Jesus, and how even continued reflection left the dumbfounded as to what had taken place.

What is the meaning of John 20 24 and 25? ›

John 20:24-25 (NIV)

Those who by faith have experienced the Lord's presence and tasted that He is indeed good should be faithful to tell others what God has done for their souls. The imperfect tense of the word translated “told” indicates their continual activity.

Who is the Holy Spirit? ›

For the majority of Christian denominations, the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Holy Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and is Almighty God. As such he is personal and also fully God, co-equal and co-eternal with God the Father and Son of God.

How long after the resurrection did Jesus live? ›

DEAR N.G.: The Bible clearly states that after His resurrection Jesus repeatedly appeared to His disciples over a period of 40 days, and then miraculously ascended into the presence of God. The Bible says, "He was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight" (Acts 1:9).

What happened to Jesus after he died? ›

At death his Spirit went to the Father in heaven, and then returned to be clothed in the resurrection body, in which he appeared to the disciples over a period of 40 days before the ascension. The statement in John 20:17 tells us that the ascension of the resurrected Christ had not yet happened.

Who is they in Luke 24? ›

They refers to the women from Galilee who saw Jesus put in the tomb (Luke 23:55-56). Luke agrees with Mark 15:47 and Matthew 27:61 that they included Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James (Luke 24:10).

Who were the two men Jesus talked to on the road to Emmaus? ›

We believe that “Clopas” and “Cleopas” were the same person. Furthermore, we believe that this person was also known as Alphaeus. Both Catholic and Orthodox traditions believe that Clopas was the younger brother of St. Joseph, the husband of Mary and foster father of Jesus.

Who is Cleopas in Luke Chapter 24? ›

Cleopas (Greek: Κλεόπας, romanized: Kleopas), also spelled Cleophas, was a figure of early Christianity, one of the two disciples who encountered Jesus during the Road to Emmaus appearance in Luke 24:13–32.

Who did Jesus talk to on the road to Emmaus? ›

5. Luke 24:33-35 I believe Jesus appeared to Cleopas and Mary on their journey because they were strong followers whom Jesus could trust to be eye witnesses to the fact He was alive and not stolen by the Romans or Jewish leaders. Jesus revealed to Cleopas and Mary the prophecies which He fulfilled.

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