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Remembering Jesus After His Resurrection

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.


People should not forget what happened after Easter or Resurrection Sunday is over. The events surrounding Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection should be remembered and celebrated all the time.

It is very interesting that many people closest to Jesus did not recognize Him by His physical appearance immediately after His resurrection. It was only after Jesus did something or said something that they eventually recognized Him. Mary Magdalene was a close friend of Jesus and she thought He was the gardener when she saw Him after His resurrection (John 20:15).

What does Jesus have to do for you to recognize Him today as the same person who was crucified, buried, and resurrected from the dead on the third day?

Mary Magdalene thinking Jesus was a gardener

Mary Magdalene thinking Jesus was a gardener

Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene was indebted to Jesus for delivering her of seven demons. She supported Him financially in His ministry and traveled with Him after that. Whenever the women are listed in the Bible, Mary the mother of Jesus is always listed first, and Mary Magdalene's name is listed next. If Mary, the mother of Jesus was not in the group, then Mary Magdalene's name comes first.

All four of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John mentioned Mary Magdalene. In fact, she is mentioned 12 times, more than some of Jesus' own disciples. Mary Magdalene was a witness to Jesus' crucifixion and burial. She was the first to see Him after His resurrection.

After Jesus was crucified, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb to put spices on His body. When she discovered that His body was no longer in the tomb, she wept because she thought someone had stolen His body and she didn't know where it was.

Then she saw Jesus, but she thought he was the gardener because He was in a garden (John 20:11-18). She still did not recognize it was Jesus even when they had a brief conversation. She recognized Him only when He called her name (John 20:16).

Jesus' Own Disciples

Jesus' own disciples who had walked with Him for three years before His death had difficulty recognizing Jesus after His resurrection when He appeared before them in a locked room (John 20:26-29).

Another time, Jesus appeared before the disciples when they were fishing, but they did not recognize Him at first. They thought He was just a stranger on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Even when He called out to them, they didn't realize it was the man they had followed (John 21:1-13).

The disciples had caught no fish until Jesus told them to cast their net on the right side of the boat. John recognized Jesus and told Peter who the man was. By the time the fishermen returned to the shore, Jesus had made a fire to cook the fish they had caught. Because they had followed Jesus' instruction, they caught 153 fish. That was more fish than they had ever caught before.

When Jesus took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish, all the disciples knew for sure that the man having breakfast with them on the shore was Jesus who had broken bread with them many times before.

Doubting Thomas touching Jesus' wounds

Doubting Thomas touching Jesus' wounds

Doubting Thomas

After Jesus' resurrection, Thomas doubted that Jesus had been raised from the dead. When a man came through a locked door and stood before the disciples, Thomas still doubted that He was really the resurrected Lord. Instead, Thomas thought He was a ghost.

Jesus proved to Thomas who He was by showing him the wounds He had received when He was crucified on the cross (John 20:26-29). He told Thomas to put his finger in the nail prints in His hands and put his hand into the hole in His side. After Thomas had done as he was instructed, he answered and said unto him, "My Lord and my God." It was an indication that Thomas knew Jesus was not a ghost. Thomas had seen and touched and now he believed. Jesus said, "Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed."

Two disciples with Jesus on road to Emmaus

Two disciples with Jesus on road to Emmaus

Two People on the Road to Emmaus

A disciple named Cleopas and an unnamed disciple were walking away from Jerusalem and going toward Emmaus when a stranger began walking with them. They were sad as they told the man all about the crucifixion that had just taken place. They thought it was strange that the man had not heard what had happened.

The disciples on the road to Emmaus did not realize they were talking to Jesus. They recognized Him only after they invited Him into their house and Jesus broke bread at the table (Luke 24:13-35).

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Life Application

Today, Jesus is not going to appear before us in a garden as a gardener. He is not going to teach us to fish from a boat. Jesus doesn't have to tell us to touch the nail prints in His hands and feet. Neither does Jesus need to have a conversation with us on the Emmaus Road for us to know who He is.

According to 2 Corinthians 3:17, “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” According to 1 Corinthians 15:45, Jesus is “a quickening spirit.” Jesus is no longer an earthly man. He is now a spirit being.

We should remember Jesus' resurrection long after the event was over because our salvation is based not on the fact that He was crucified but on the fact that God raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:9).


For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Who thought Jesus was a gardener?
    • Doubting Thomas
    • Mary Magdalene
    • Disciples on Emmaus Road
    • Fisherman
  2. Who did Jesus tell to touch His wounds?
    • Mary Magdalene
    • Doubting Thomas
    • Fishermen in a boat
    • Disciples on road to Emmaus
  3. Who had a conversation with Jesus thinking He was a stranger?
    • Doubting Thomas
    • Disciples on road to Emmaus
    • Mary Magdalene
    • Fishermen
  4. Who did Jesus eat with on the shore at the Sea of Galilee?
    • Doubting Thomas
    • Mary Magdalene
    • Disciples on road to Emmaus
    • Disciples who were fishing

Answer Key

  1. Mary Magdalene
  2. Doubting Thomas
  3. Disciples on road to Emmaus
  4. Disciples who were fishing


Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 18, 2020:

Thanks for reminding us of the appearances after the resurrection. I like the life applications.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on April 18, 2020:

It’s a shame people forget so quickly. My views were cut in half by Tuesday and keep dropping on resurrection stories.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on April 18, 2020:

Tim, I can always depend on you to say something positive. Thanks again for reading and for sharing your comments.

I am staying safe. You do the same. Blessings!

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on April 18, 2020:

Beautiful work. I loved it. It's Christmas and Easter every day in my heart, Margaret. It's great to see Eric's comment. You two are some of my favorite authors on living a life filled with the love of God and humankind. Please, stay safe and God bless you.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on April 14, 2020:

Thanks, Eric, for reading my article and for the wonderful compliment. I love reading, studying and teaching the Bible. It has become my life's work.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 14, 2020:

Wonderfully done. I really enjoyed this. Truly you are a Biblical Scholar. I often think about Mary and the "gardener", yes we are to be fishers of men, but we also must tend the soil where others my grow in Christ.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on April 14, 2020:

I agree whole heartedly

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