Resurrection of Jesus Christ-Eyewitnesses
Eyewitnesses to the Resurrection of
A Chart Study by Josprel
This is a chart study of eyewitnesses of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
ACCORDING TO I CORINTHIANS 15:3-8:
1.) Cephas (Peter) — (V 5).
2.) The “twelve” — (V 5). (SEE * #4 BELOW UNDER “ACCORDING TO THE
BOOK OF ACTS AND THE EPISTLES.)
3.) Some five hundred brethren at once — (V 6).
4.) James — (V 7).
5.) All the Apostles — (V 7).
6.) Paul, the Apostle — (V 8).
|1.) Mary Magdalene;||The sepulcher;||John 20:11-18; Mark 16:9|
|2.)”The other Mary”;||The sepulcher;||Matthew 28:1-10;|
Mark 16:1 (The mother of James: Mark 16:1)
|3.) Two disciples;||The Emmaus road;||Luke 24:13-32|
|4.) Simon Peter;||Not recorded;||Luke 24:33-34|
|5.) 10 Apostles;||A room in Jerusalem;||John 20:19-23|
|6.) 11 Apostles;||A room in Jerusalem;||John 20:24-29|
(Thomas among them)
|7.) 7 disciples|
as they fished;
|Sea of Tiberias||(Sea of Galilee);|
|8.) 11 Apostles;||Galilee (In a mountain);||Matthew 28:16-17|
|9.) 11 Apostles;||Bethany (Mt. Olivet);||Luke 24:50|
ACCORDING TO THE BOOK OF ACTS AND THE EPISTLES
|1.) 11 Apostles;||Various;||Acts 1:1-3|
|2.) 11 Apostles;||Bethany (Mt. Olivet);||Acts 1:4-12|
|3.) Cephas (Peter);||Not recorded;||1 Corinthians 15:5|
|4.) *The “twelve”||Various;||1 Corinthians 15:5|
*JOSPREL’S NOTE: Paul may have had Matthias in mind. He became one of The Twelve and had also seen the risen Jesus (Acts 1:21-26) – or Paul may have been using the general designation used in Scriptures in referring to the Apostles (Mat. 26:20, 47; Mark 4:10; 6:7; 9:35; 10:32; 11:11; 14:10-20+43; Luke 8:1; 9:12; John 6:67; Acts 6:2).
|5.) Some 500 brethren|
|Not recorded;||1 Corinthians 15:6|
|6.) James;||Not recorded;||1 Corinthians 15:7|
|7.) All the Apostles;||A Galilean mountain;||Bethany (Mt. Olivet)|
1 Corinthians 15:7
|8.) Saul (Paul);||The Damascus Road;||1 Corinthians 15:8|
Eyewitness of the resurrection of Jesus Christ
ACCORDING TO ALL THE ABOVE
(WITH TIMES AND LOCATIONS)
|2.) The Other|
|The sepulcher;||Resurrection Day;||Matthew 28:1-10;|
The mother of James Mark 16:1
|3.) Simon Peter;||(Perhaps Jerusalem);||Not recorded||Luke 24:33-34;|
1 Corinthians 15:5
|4.) Two disciples;||Emmaus road;||Resurrection Day;||Luke 24:13-32|
|5.) 10 Apostles;||A room in Jerusalem;||Resurrection Day;|| John 20:19-23|
|6.) 11 Apostles;||A room in Jerusalem;||1 week after the Resurrection;||John 20:24-29 (Thomas among them)|
|7.) The “twelve”;||Various|
|Various (but unstated);||1 Corinthians 15:5|
(SEE #4 UNDER “ACCORDING TO THE BOOK OF ACTS AND THE EPISTLES.”)
|8.) 7 disciples;||Sea of Tiberias;|
(Sea of Galilee);
|9.) 11 Apostles;||Various (unstated);||Various (unstated);||Acts 1:1-3|
|10. 11 Apostles;|| Bethany;|
|The Ascension;||Acts 1:4-12|
|11. 11 Apostles;||A mountain in Galilee;||Unstated;||Matthew|
|12.) Some five hundred brethren at once;||Unstated;||Unstated;||1 Corinthians 15:6|
|13.) James;||Unstated;||Unstated;||1 Corinthians 15:7|
|14.) Saul (Paul);||Damascus road;||after Church scattered;||Acts 9-9|
1 Corinthians 15:8
JOSPREL’S COMMENT: As can be noted from the above lists, there were hundreds of witnesses who saw the resurrected Jesus, although not all saw Him at the same time. The sightings were at various times and in different locations. Since this is so, it is preposterous for skeptics to maintain that all these eyewitnesses to the risen Christ had the exact same hallucination.
JOSPREL’S COMMENT: Thomas certainly was not mentally conditioned to experience hallucinations; he refused to believe that Jesus had risen from the dead. Even the witness of trusted associates was not enough to convince him when they testified to him that they had seen their resurrected Lord. Thomas remained skeptical, demanding empirical, experimental, tangible proof. However, when Jesus did appear to Thomas, so convinced did this skeptic become, that the rest of his life was dedicated to fulfilling the commission issued by his risen Lord. He and his associates willingly suffered persecution — and finally martyrdom — for the cause of Christ. These hardly are the actions of those who merely experienced hallucinations.
JOSPREL’S COMMENT: It has been suggested by certain secular legal experts that, if all the evidence regarding the resurrection of Jesus Christ were presented to an unbiased court of law, the only verdict that could validly be rendered is that Jesus indeed did resurrect from the dead.
© Josprel (Joseph Perrello)
To GOD BE ALL GLORY & HONOR & PRAISE!
Josprel is an ordained minister who resides with his wife, Maria, in Western New York. After drifting from the Lord, he served three years with the U.S. Air Force. Upon his separation from active duty, he returned to the Lord, studied for the ministry, and received a master of theology degree. Josprel serves as a clergyman in the evangelical denomination of his youth. He is authoring two novels: “Beloved Apostate” and “Kanfal.”