Reflection on 1 Cor 15:3-5Post date: 2018-04-07
Reflection on 1 Cor 15:3-5
For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.
In the Letter to Corinth, the Apostle Paul speaks about the resurrection from the dead. He writes: “Now I would remind you, brethren, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you.” (1Cor 15:1-2) Then the Apostle mentions that Jesus appeared to Peter and the Twelve, and he continues: “After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep.”
Tradition holds that Jesus first appeared to His Mother, then on the Sunday of resurrection He appeared to Mary Magdalene, and thereafter to the women, to Peter, in the afternoon to the disciples going to Emmaus, and then in the evening to the Apostles who had gathered together in the upper room. A week later, He appeared to the Apostles again, and Thomas was with them. Then the Apostles went to Galilee where Jesus appeared to them by the Lake of Gennesaret early in the morning. During the conversation, He talked especially to Peter to whom He entrusted the authority of the supreme shepherd over His flock. Thereafter He appeared to more than five hundred brethren. Tradition holds that it happened on the Mount of Beatitudes. Then He also appeared to James; according to the tradition it happened on Mount Tabor. This James, the brother of John, was a witness to the transfiguration of Christ on this Mount together with his brother and Peter. Then Jesus also appeared to the Apostles on the same Mount, as testified by Matthew the Evangelist in chapter 28. It is said that they worshipped Him, and Jesus said to them: “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…” And He added in the end: “I am with you always, even to the end of the age!” (Mt 28:17-20) On the fortieth day, Jesus appeared to the Apostles in Jerusalem and was taken up into heaven.
During this Eastertide, let us realize that Jesus not only died for our sins but was really raised from the dead and is with us all the days of our life!
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