but to embalm a dead body. Thomas and those at Emmaus had given up all hope. Four hundred years had passed since the days of miracles; John the Baptist did no miracle? ( <431041>John 10:41); the Sadducees said, ?there is no resurrection? ( <402223>Matthew 22:23). There were thirteen different appearances, to:

1. the Magdalen;

2. other women;

4. Emmaus;

5. the Twelve;

6. the Twelve after eight days;

7. Galilee seashore;

8. Galilee mountain;

9. Galilee five hundred;

10. James; 11 . ascension at Bethany;

12. Stephen;

13. Paul on way to Damascus.

Paul describes Christ?s appearance to him as something objective, and he implies that Christ?s previous appearances to others were objective also: ?last of all [these bodily appearances]...he appeared to me also? ( <461508>1 Corinthians 15:8). Bruce, Apologetics, 396 ? ?Paul?s interest and intention in classing the two together was to level his own vision [of Christ] up to the objectivity of the early Christophanies. He believed that the eleven, that Peter in particular, had seen the risen Christ with the eye of the body, and he meant to claim for himself a vision of the same kind.? Paul?s was a sane, strong nature. Subjective visions do not transform human lives; the resurrection molded the apostles; they did not create the resurrection (see Gore, Incarnation, 76). These appearances soon ceased, unlike the law of hallucinations, which increase in frequency and intensity. It is impossible to explain the ordinances, the Lord?s day, or Christianity itself, if Jesus did not rise from the dead.

The resurrection of our Lord teaches three important lessons:

(1) It showed that his work of atonement was completed and was stamped with the divine approval;

(2) It showed him to be Lord of all and gave the one sufficient external proof of Christianity;

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