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Sunday evening, while they were still discussing the events of the day.


[24:36a] And as they spake these things,

[20:19a] When therefore it was evening, on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews,

Jesus appears to them.

[16:14a] And afterward he was manifested unto the eleven themselves as they sat at meat; [See Note 1.]

[36b] he himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

[19b] Jesus came and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

They still don't understand the physical aspect of the resurrection. See Note 2.


[37] But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they beheld a spirit.


Jesus rebukes them. See Note 3.

[14b] and he upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them that had seen him after he was risen.

[38] And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and wherefore do questionings arise in your heart?


He shows them that he is not a ghost/spirit: he has a body.


[39] See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye behold me having.

[40] And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.

[20a] And when he had said this, he showed unto them his hands and his side.

They are filled with joy, but for a while, they thought it was "too good to be true."


[41] And while they still disbelieved for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here anything to eat? [42] And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish. [43] And he took it, and ate before them.

[20b] The disciples therefore were glad, when they saw the Lord.

Jesus explains why things happened the way they did.


[44] And he said unto them, These are my words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must needs be fulfilled, which are written in the law of Moses, and the prophets, and the psalms, concerning me.

[45] Then opened he their mind, that they might understand the scriptures; [46] and he said unto them, Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer, and rise again from the dead the third day; ...


Jesus' initial commission to them. See Notes 4, 5 & 6.

[15] And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation. [16] He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that disbelieveth shall be condemned. [17] And these signs shall accompany them that believe: in my name shall they cast out demons; they shall speak with new tongues; [18] they shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall in no wise hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

[47] and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name unto all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. [48] Ye are witnesses of these things.

[21] Jesus therefore said to them again, Peace be unto you: as the Father hath sent me, even so send I you. [22] And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Spirit: [23]whose soever sins ye forgive, they are forgiven unto them; whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

Thomas, who was not present, still has doubts about the physical aspect of the resurrection. See Note 7.



[24] But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. [25] The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.


1) Mark 16:14a could also apply to the next section (where Jesus appears to the group, and Thomas is present).

2) One possible reason for this: They did not expect a physical body to appear suddenly in front of them, or to disappear without warning (as in Luke 24:31).

3) Mark 16:14b could be a summary statement that included the rebuke he gave both here (with Thomas absent) and at his subsequent visit (with Thomas present). Or it could be a summary of what he said on several visits.

4) Luke 24:44+ (possibly up to v. 48) could be placed here, or could be a summary statement of various things he said at numerous times during the 40 days before his ascension. Though included here, it is treated as a summary statement at the end of the outline. Verse 49, however, had to occur at a later time, for they hadn't yet gone to Galilee (unless it was being implied that they should stay in Jerusalem after they returned from there).

5) Mark 16:15-18 could be a summary statement - a compilation of what Jesus said on several occasions. It is included here, as well as with the summary statements (at the end of this outline).

6) John 20:21-23 - There are some parallels between this statement about the Holy Spirit (where the apostles are told to receive the Holy Spirit) and the statements given later (in which a future reception of the Holy Spirit is being promised). Though they were being given the Holy Spirit at this time, the fullest expression of the Holy Spirit would not be given until later - Acts 2.

7) Thomas could have been present earlier, but left before Jesus' appearance.

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Translation: The Holy Bible, 1901 American Standard Version, public domain.

Outline: Dennis Hinks © 1999