Holy Week Day 10 – Easter Monday
Day By Day – The Last Week of Jesus’ Earthly Life
As you will see in this last entry of this series, ‘Day Ten’ isn’t really the tenth day of Christ’s life on earth (before His ascension) because after His resurrection Jesus spent forty days on earth, but His first appearance after the evening of His resurrection wasn’t until a week later. I think you get the point….so, here’s what happened after our Lord resurrected on Easter morning, which we at Grace Christian Fellowship prefer to call ‘Resurrection Day’ (but calling it ‘Easter’ is okay with me!).
As far as I know, there is no biblical data indicating that Jesus appeared to the disciples during the week that followed the end of Resurrection Day. The next account of the resurrection says ‘Eight days later’.
1. Eight days later, Jesus appeared to Thomas (and the other disciples) and proved to him that He was the risen Christ (John 20:26-29).
2. Jesus appears to the eleven, rebukes their unbelief, and encourages them to do great things in His name (Mark 16:14-18).
3. The religious elders paid the guards to have them say the disciples stole Jesus’ body (Matthew 28:11-15).
4. It is written that Jesus did many other miracles in the presence of His disciples that were not written in John’s Gospel, “but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God, and that by believing (trusting Christ’s work on the cross) you may have life in His name (John 20:30-31). In other words, all you need to come to a saving faith in Christ is provided in what has already been written, and of course, ultimately by the grace of God.
5. Jesus meets some disciples in Galilee; fulfilling the angelic, prophetic message given at the tomb. He eats some fish and forgives and restores Peter to his position as a disciple/apostle (John 21:1-24).
6. The eleven disciples went to Galilee and met Jesus (Matthew 28:16-17).
7. Jesus gives the Great Commission to His disciples (Matthew 28:18-20).
8. John tells us that “there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.” (John 21:25)
9. Jesus walked the earth for 40 days after His resurrection (Acts 1:1-3).
10. Jesus revealed Himself to the disciples. They were frightened and Jesus showed them His hands and feet. Jesus ate some fish with them and told them a few things. Jesus summarized His mission and what He did. He told them to wait in Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit comes (Luke 24:36-49).
Three accounts of the ascension of Christ to the Right Hand of the Father:
11. After His earthly, post-resurrection mission was accomplished, He ascended to Heaven (Mark 16:19-20).
12. Jesus led His disciples near Bethany, blessed them, and ascended to Heaven (Luke 24:50-53).
13. Luke explains further the last words of Jesus at His ascension (Acts 1:6-11).
Thus ends the last ‘ten days’ (actually, forty-nine days) of Jesus’ life on earth. Yet, even though His physical (and glorified) life on earth has ended, He is still walking and ministering on this earth through His Holy Spirit; His providence; His Word; and the lives of His transformed children, and one day He will walk again with us on the new earth…..oh boy, what a day that will be!
Hope this has been helpful to you. It might not be perfectly accurate, but I think this chronology over the past week at least gives you a fairly good picture of what Jesus and His disciples were involved in during those last days.
God bless….Pastor Randy