Tuesday, April 2, 2019

What Were The Miracles Of Jesus Performed By Him After His Resurrection?

What Miracle Did Jesus Perform After He Rose From The Dead?

Question: Did Jesus perform miracles after He rose from the dead?

Answer: Greetings in Jesus wonderful name!

We see so many miracles that Jesus performed while He was alive, it was so many in the three and half years of His ministry, that the beloved disciple of Jesus named John wrote about it saying,
"24 This is the disciple who testifies of these things, and wrote these things; and we know that his testimony is true. 25 And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen." (John 21:24-25).

So many miracles had happened before the very eyes of John the apostle that he says if written in books, the world itself could not contain the books that would be written, it is a fitting tribute to the only begotten Son of God who was the God who created all things
(Col 1:13-18), but had come in to this world in the avatar as a son of man to redeem humans back to God through reconciliation (John 3:16; 1:1-5).

Of course at the end of all the miracles when Jesus died and rose again the angels told the seeker of Jesus who went in search of his dead body in the tomb where He was placed saying,
"5 Why do you seek the living among the dead?... 6 He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, 7 saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’” 8 And they remembered His words." (Luke 24:5-8). 

After this we see the activities of Jesus being told in the Gospels as well as in the Book of Acts.

After his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ appears to his disciples on the shore of the Sea of Galilee and gives them the miraculous power to catch a large amount of fish
(John 21:1-14). This was the third time Jesus appeared and showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead. The first time Jesus showed up in the midst of His disciples was on the same evening when He rose from the grave and all were born again except Thomas called the Twin (John 20:19-20, 21-23). Thomas was not able to believe the resurrection of Jesus, because he was not really sealed with the Spirit of God like the other apostles who were blown upon by Jesus with the Holy Spirit the first time He met them after resurrection. When Thomas saw Jesus it was the second time He was appearing among His disciples and he believed Him ever after, because Jesus sealed him with the Holy Spirit after he believed him and thus He was able to say Jesus as His Lord and God which is impossible to confess without the sealing of the Holy Spirit (John 20:24-26, 27-29; 1 Cor 12:3; Rom 10:9-10). I believe the greatest miracle of all that Jesus did to his disciples in the presence of all of them was to seal those who believed him with the Holy Spirit which is the seal of God's promise that they are saved and that their names are written in the Book of life (Luke 10:20; Eph 1:13-14). When Jesus said, "...Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed", he was clearly speaking about all the future believers who will also be sealed with His Holy Spirit as a evidence of their salvation through their belief without them ever seeing Jesus physically in their lives. Praise the Lord!

In the first miraculous catch of fish it was Jesus who promised these disciples of His that He will make them fishers of men as they were being trained to do their Job for nearly three and half years in his time of ministry on earth
(Matt 4:19; Luke 5:4-11). In this second biggest catch of fish, Jesus assured these disciples that they do not have to again be worried about what to do for survival, but again His promise to them was that when they continue to be 'fishers of men' according to God's call and training in their lives, He will provide supernaturally what ever they need to eat and wear to carry on in their mission to fulfill the heavenly calling for their lives. One thing that Jesus wanted them to remember is, from that time onward, though they will not see Him with their eyes, they should not question His ever abiding Presence with them to make them continue to do the miracles they have seen and done when they were with Him physically in the three and half years of training in their lives. Praise the Lord!

We also see from Luke's post-gospel account of Jesus work after the time of Jesus resurrection, he said,
"1 The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2 until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, 3 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 1:1-3).

Here in the above verses we see clearly that
"Jesus began both to do and teach" the new working in the Kingdom of God which operates through the spiritual realm rather than the physical realm they were all operating when Jesus was physically with them on earth during the three and half years of ministry they did along with Jesus (2 Cor 5:16). How many miracles did Jesus do after His resurrection until His ascension? The exact number of it we do not know, but every appearance and move and words of Jesus Himself was indeed a miracle because He was not in the flesh but in the new glorious body in which there will be no more death for eternity ahead. With that immortal body of flesh and appearing as God in the flesh now, as the very God of very God, every word of His to His disciples who were still mortal men must have been a miraculous sight and doings of His to watch and research for eternity. Praise the Lord!

40 days of miracles and teaching was the time in which Jesus continued in the miracles after His resurrection, which was actually done in a large scale among all humans in the nation of Israel before his death on the Cross, it was now done for the training and demonstration among His disciples to carry on His ministry to the whole humanity forever and ever for the Glory of God, with them all working with Him through His Presence in large scale again.

Approximately Jesus appears 11 times after his resurrection, and these are documented in 21 New Testament passages in six books: all four gospels, the Book of Acts and 1st Corinthians
(John 20:16-17; Matt 28:8-10; Luke 24:13-43; 24:34, 36; John 20:26-29; 21:1-2; 1 Cor 15:6, 7; Luke 24:50-53).

The following is the timeline of Post-Resurrection appearances:

1) Mary Magdalene
(John 20:11-18) [Resurrection Sunday].

2) The other Mary, Salome, Joanna, and at least one other woman
(Matt 28:1; Mark 16:1; Luke 24:10) [Resurrection Sunday].

3) Simon Peter
(Luke 24:34; 1 Cor 15:5). [Resurrection Sunday].

4) Cleopas and companion on road to Emmaus
(Luke 24:13-35) [Resurrection Sunday].

5) The eleven disciples, minus Thomas
(Luke 24:36-43; John 20:19-25) [Exactly Somewhere Between Resurrection Sunday And The Starting Of Plus Eight Days].

6) The eleven, including Thomas
(John 20:26-29) [Plus Eight Days].

7) Seven disciples at the sea of Tiberias
(John 21:1-23) [Over The Next Few Weeks].

8) Disciples and large gathering at a mountain in Galilee
(Matt 28:16-17; 1 Cor 15:6) [Over The Next Few Weeks].

9) James
(1 Cor 15:7) [Over The Next Few Weeks].

10) Disciples (possibly in Jerusalem before He led out to the Mount of Olives, gave the Great Commission, and ascended in to heaven
(Luke 24:49-53; Acts 1:3-11)) [40th Day].

Some of these appearances were before as few as one person to more than 500 people, apparently all of them believers in the divinity of Christ, but truly according to the very eye witness John the beloved apostle who were part of most it all said
"30 And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name." (John 20:30-31).

Thus all the witnesses of miracles after the resurrection of Jesus was meant to lead all the hearers to salvation in Jesus Christ through believing in the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ to heaven
(1 Cor 15:1-4).

No man could see God face to face in the flesh and live naturally without death after that because our body physically do not have the capacity to tolerate God's Glory, which was the reason God limited himself in his revelation to humanity during the Old Testament times
(Exo 33:20; John 1:18; 1 Timothy 6:14–16; 1 John 4:12). Even though in the same Old Testament, God has limited himself and revealed Himself to men—such as Jacob, Abraham, Moses, and Isaiah—who have seen God (see Genesis 18:1; 32:30; Exodus 33:11; Isaiah 6:1). Obviously as we have understood from the above theme of miracles of Christ after His resurrection, every encounter of mortal humans with the resurrected God in the flesh of man combined to be the one and only God-Man and Mediator between God and humans is in itself is the greatest miracle of all (1 Tim 2:5), and if counted and written in books, it can fill the whole world and still more space will be needed to explain the magnitude of the unwritten wondrous miracle of seeing God revealed through a human fully in Jesus Christ after resurrection to his disciples (John 21:25). So there are many unwritten miracles that Jesus did in the presence of His disciples which were not written and remain unaccounted for the Glory of God! How many miracles did Jesus really do after His resurrection? Unaccountable numbers of miracles, we may never be able to fully know! GLORY TO GOD!

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ after his resurrection and ascension has continued to do His miracles through His apostles and disciples in the first century and is still continuing to do His miracles through all His disciples who believe in Him, which is what the whole Book of the Acts is all about. Let us let ourselves go and let Jesus Christ to do His great work in and through us for the Glory of God! Amen!

Much Blessings....


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