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Jesus not only left the tomb empty, but he then appeared to his people several times to build their faith and end their fear and doubt. He never judged them, he simply reassured them that he was alive and real. 

The disciples were afraid. The group stayed together, behind locked doors,  literally fearing they would be next to die. In the midst of that Jesus’ appearance and encouragement started to galvanize them in preparation of their mission. 

His appearances also prepares us. We have the gift of various reports from various sources to affirm that Jesus was who he claimed to be. In I Corinthians 15, it said that Jesus appeared to more than 500 people–many that were still alive at the time he wrote the letter.  Jesus resurrection was no secret, nor was it contrived. Still, we have to trust him and follow him even though we were not there. He told his guys, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Be blessed–have faith and follow him. 

God Bless You

He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

Jesus said to her, “Mary.”She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” which means “Teacher”.

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”

After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”

Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”