Post-Resurrection Appearances of Jesus Christ

Simple Catholic Snapshots
  • In the movie “The Case for Christ”, Lee Strobel states that Jesus appeared to over 500 people after the Resurrection.
  • The Gospel readings at Easter and the readings this week from Acts recount multiple appearances, but don’t seem to add up to anything close to 500.
  • Since Paul makes it very clear (and Lee Strobel recognized), that if Christ was not raised, then our Christian faith is in vain (1 Cor 15:17), then it seemed more than prudent to take a closer look.
  • Therefore, I investigated and logged the Scriptural accounts of Jesus’ post-Resurrection appearances.
  • I did in fact find New Testament accounts in Scripture where Jesus appeared to over 500 people.
  • In the post below, I present a quick summary of these appearances, the locations and where the Scriptural references can be found.
  • The Case for Christ is pretty strong!

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The Case for Catholicism – Dare to Follow the Evidence

Simple Catholic Snapshots
  • “The Case for Christ” was a 1998 non-fiction novel by Atheist-turned-Christian investigative journalist Lee Strobel. A movie adaptation of this best-selling book was released in theaters April 7th, 2017.
  • The Atheist Lee Strobel undertakes to disprove the Resurrection of Jesus Christ (and thus debunk Christianity entirely) by honestly, systematically and rigorously examining the physical evidence for the Resurrection.
  • Using his highly refined research and analysis skills, Lee examines the Resurrection story from many perspectives including the authenticity of the Bible, methods and effectiveness of a Roman crucifixion, the psychology of mass hallucinations, archaeology and theology.
  • SPOILER ALERT: In the end, Lee is overwhelmed by the consistency and irrefutable nature of the evidence and concludes that, as a matter of fact, the Resurrection of Christ did occur. Shortly thereafter he converts to Christianity.
  • I saw this movie a couple of days ago and shared a positive reaction to the presentation and Christian message with many in the audience.
  • That said, as the credits rolled past, I wondered how many of my Protestant brothers and sisters in the audience would accept an investigative challenge to their particular faith as Lee Strobel did? How many would ever examine their beliefs and practices in light of the complete 2000 year history of Christianity and let the evidence lead them where it may?

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