The Ninth Resurrection Appearance

“Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, 
so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. 
When his family heard about this,
they went to take charge of him, for they said,
‘He is out of his mind.’”
Mark 3:20-21 (NIV)

“After this, Jesus went around in Galilee.
He did not want to go about in Judea because
the Jewish leaders there were looking for a way to kill him.
But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near, 
Jesus’ brothers said to him, ‘Leave Galilee and go to Judea,
so that your disciples there may see the works you do. 
No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret.
Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.’
For even his own brothers did not believe in him.”
John 7:1-5 (NIV)

“Then he appeared to James,”
1 Corinthians 15:7 (NIV)

“Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem 
to get acquainted with Cephas and stayed with him fifteen days. 
I saw none of the other apostles—only James, the Lord’s brother.”
Galatians 1:18-19 (NIV)

There is not much said about our Lord’s family life in the Bible. The verses I include tell us that at one time, likely during the second and great year of popularity in Galilee, Jesus’ family thought He was insane and sought to take Him away from His work (Mark 3:20-21). Then, in the third year, the year of opposition, leading up to the crucifixion, we are told His brothers seemed to chide Him and did not accept Him as the Messiah (John 7:1-5).

During the resurrection period prior to the ascension Jesus had a one-on-one with “James” whom we believe to be our Lord’s brother. This man became a leader in the church in Jerusalem as we see in the book of Acts.

It speaks to the love of our Lord for His family that His own brother had a private visit from Him. Some of my readers may identify with Jesus as you are the only Christian in your family or at work. You too may be criticized as insane or a fanatic for believing the Gospel. Don’t be disheartened. As you seek to live a consistent life before your family and coworkers, remember this appearance of our Lord and seek to do good to those who may mock your faith.

I recall a story about a Christian who was a salesman in a progressive company and was joked about concerning his beliefs by other salesmen during sales meetings. He never responded or complained. One day a Jewish salesman came to him privately to ask help for a personal problem. The troubled man spoke of the gentle way the Christian dealt with harassment and how he was impressed by it. He then confided his problem and was much helped.

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful,
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.

– Joseph Scriven

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