The Chronological Gospel –

Final Appearances of Jesus Prior to Pentecost

John 21:1-23; 1 Corinthians 15:6-7, Afterward. Jesus appears various times
Matthew 28:16-18; Luke 24:44-48; Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 24:49, Afterward. Jesus gives the great commission
Acts 1:3-14, Probably a few days before Pentecost. Jesus ascends to Heaven
Random Walk in a Gallery of Religious Art, Step 61: Acts 1:1-12, The Ascension, by Andreas Hunnaeus
John 20:30-31, 25, Decades later, in Ephesus, the reason for the Gospels

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John 21:1-23; 1 Corinthians 15:6-7, Afterward. Jesus appears various times (11/4/14)

When I was in college, studying for finals sometimes became so burdensome that I just went to the movies. Peter decided that being the disciple of a teacher who had gone away was so burdensome that he would just go fishing. When Jesus appeared to him, he made sure that Peter’s nets were full and that he got some breakfast before asking him the only question on the final exam: Do you love me?

Jesus appeared not only to his disciples, but also to at least one large group of about 500 people, and to his own brother, James. James went on to become the leader of the church in Jerusalem.


Matthew 28:16-18; Luke 24:44-48; Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 24:49, Afterward. Jesus gives the great commission (11/5/14)

One of the great and convincing aspects about our Bible is that it pulls no punches. The same early disciples of Jesus who wrote the New Testament say about themselves, “but some doubted.” I can fully understand why they doubted, because the resurrection was unprecedented (and so far, unpostdented). What I have more difficulty in understanding is their scrupulous and self-critical honesty. When we have doubts, do we express them, and thus help our fellow-Christians to understand that doubt is a normal part of spiritual growth? Or do we hide our own doubts, and in turn force them to hide theirs?

Acts 1:3-14, Probably a few days before Pentecost. Jesus ascends to Heaven (11/6/14)

We seem to have mixed feelings on the subject of expressing our doubts. Some readers apparently think that expressing our own doubts can be helpful to other believers, and some think that adding our own doubts to the pot wouldn’t be useful. I think that both positions have merit, and each of us should express our doubts to specific people or not as the Spirit leads us to do. Once the disciples got over their doubts about Jesus, they decided that surely now he would restore the kingdom of Israel! They still didn’t understand that the old earthly kingdom of Israel had served its good purpose in its time and in Judea, but Jesus’ new kingdom would be a spiritual one that spread far beyond Judea, to the remotest parts of the earth.


John 20:30-31, 25, Decades later, in Ephesus, the reason for the Gospels (11/7/14)

We’re finally finished reading the Gospels in (roughly) chronological order. I hope you found it as enlightening as I did. Why did Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John bother to write down for us their selections of events from Jesus’ life? So that we may believe.

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Birth Announcements and Early Lives of Jesus and John the Baptist
Early Ministries of Jesus and John the Baptist
Jesus’ Early Ministry
Jesus’ Galilean Ministry
Sabbath Controversies
The Sermon on the Mount
The Sermon on the Plain
John the Baptist
Signs and Parables
Miracles and Mission Trips
Bread of Life
Miracles and Meanings
Transfiguration and Teachings
To Jerusalem for the Festival of Tabernacles
Some Results of Luke’s Research
Light
More of Luke’s Research
On the Road Again
The Raising of Lazarus
Holy Week: Palm Sunday and Monday
Holy Week: Tuesday, Parables and Questions
Holy Week: Wednesday Part 1, Discussions
Holy Week: Wednesday Part 2, Be Ready!
Holy Week: Thursday Part 1, Jesus' Celebration of the Passover
Holy Week: Thursday Part 2, Jesus' Farewell Discourse
Holy Week: Friday Part 1, Jesus' Arrest and Two Informal Trials
Holy Week: Friday Part 2, More Trials
Holy Week: Friday, Part 3, and Saturday, Jesus' Death and Burial
The Empty Tomb
Final Appearances of Jesus Prior to Pentecost

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