Why did the resurrected Christ only appear to His followers?

Acts Bible Background

07.02.2017 – New Testament: Acts 10.39–41

To read the Bible in a year, read Acts 10.24–48 on July 2, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

It always seemed to me that if Jesus had appeared to everyone after His resurrection, they all would have believed. However, He knew what He was doing, and He only appeared to selected people, as Peter explained to Cornelius,

“And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, whom they killed by hanging on a tree. Him God raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly, not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead” (Acts 10.39–41). 

The three-and-a-half-year ministry of Jesus was for converting people, but His time on Earth after His resurrection was only for the benefit of His followers, especially the apostles. They knew Him well, for they spent time eating and drinking with Him, and they knew how He ate His meals and how He drank, and no one could have fooled those men. His appearances to them persuaded them fully that He was the Son of God, the Lord of Heaven and Earth.

Questions:

  • What persuaded you to believe?
  • Have you thought of how well the apostles knew Jesus?

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