Jesus manifested Himself repeatedly during the forty days of the post-resurrection period. The apostle Luke wrote: “to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God” (Acts 1:3). During, that period, the Lord gave them “infallible proofs” which confirmed the crowning miracle of the resurrection. These proofs consisted of:
He Ate with Them
His eating and drinking with the apostles. On one occasion, Jesus said to them, “Have you any food here?” So, they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. And He took it and ate in their presence” (Luke 24:41–43 also John 21:4–13). By this action, Jesus wanted to convince His disciples that He was still a material physical being.
His real physical body which He permitted them to feel and touch. “Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing” (John 20:27).
His appearance to 500 believers at once (Matt. 28:7, 10, 16, 17; Luke 24:36–48; John 20:19–29; 1 Cor. 15:6). The eleven disciples, in compliance to Jesus’ instruction (Matt. 28:9, 10), went into Galilee to meet Him. They told the other believers about the gathering. Over 500 believers came to the site and saw the resurrected Christ. The majority of these 500 were still alive when Paul wrote his epistle to the Corinthians. Together, they could testify to the surety of Christ’s resurrection. An occurrence that could be proved by so many eye witnesses could not be easily dismissed.
His teachings on the nature and principles of His kingdom. “And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself” (Luke 24: 27, 44–47 also; John 21:15–17; Acts 1:8).
Thus, the certainty of the resurrection gave strength and vitality to the preaching of the twelve disciples (Acts 2:32, 36, 37; 3:15; 4:10; 5:28, 30–33). It was the grounds on which they could build their preaching of the surety of the resurrection of the saints at the end of time (1 Cor. 15:3–23). These proofs that reveal the evidence for the resurrection as an accurate historical fact are enough to persuade people throughout the ages.
In His service,