Visits of the Risen Lord, Jesus Christ, in Scripture
by Andrew Skinner
Gethsemane, Golgotha, and the Garden Tomb,
Chapter 8, "Concluding His Earthly Ministry"


We may summarize the impressive list of witnesses to the Lord's resurrection (witnesses as well to the empty Garden Tomb) as they have been recorded in scripture. These are arranged in approximate chronological order, as nearly as we can tell.

1. Mary Magdalene (John 20:1-18), outside the Garden Tomb on the morning of Jesus' resurrection

2. Other women (Matthew 28:1-9), somewhere between the Garden Tomb and Jerusalem on Resurrection morning

3. Cleopas and another disciple (Mark 16:12-13; Luke 24:13-32), on the road to Emmaus on Resurrection day

4. Simon Peter (Luke 24:34; 1 Corinthians 15:5), on Resurrection day

5. Ten of the Twelve (Luke 24:36-53; John 20:19-24), in a closed room somewhere in Jerusalem on Resurrection night

6. Eleven of the Twelve (Mark 16:14; John 20:26-31), in a closed room in Jerusalem one week after the Resurrection

7. Seven of the Twelve (John 21:1-14), at the Sea of Galilee (Tiberias), the third visit to the group

8. Eleven of the Twelve (Matthew 28:16-20), on a mountain in Galilee by previous appointment of the Savior

9. More than five hundred brethren at once (1 Corinthians 15:6), probably on the mountain in Galilee with the eleven apostles

10. James (1 Corinthians 15:7)

11. Eleven apostles at Jesus' ascension (Mark 16:14, 19; Luke 24: 50-51; Acts 1:3-11), near Bethany forty days after the Resurrection

12. Saul of Tarsus (1 Corinthians 9:1; 15:8), on the road to Damascus, Syria

13. The Nephites (3 Nephi 11:1-18:39; 19:2, 15-26:15), in the land Bountiful in America near the temple about a.d. 34

14. John the Revelator (Revelation 1:9-18), on the Isle of Patmos sometime between 81 a.d. and 96

15. The Nephite Twelve (3 Nephi 27:1-28:12)

16. Lost tribes of Israel (3 Nephi 16:1-4; 17:4), soon after the Savior's visitation to the Nephite people

17. Mormon (Mormon 1:15)

18. Moroni (Ether 12:39)

19. Joseph Smith (Joseph Smith-History 1:14-20), in the Sacred Grove near Palmyra, New York, in the spring of 1820

Many of these witnesses were visited by the resurrected Lord more than once. But it does not end there. The chain of witnesses to the Lord's resurrection and living reality continues. Many are the accounts and testimonies that tell of individuals since 1820 who have come to know that Jesus of Nazareth lives as a resurrected Being.

(edited by David Van Alstyne)
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