Following his resurrection our Lord appeared only to those who had both faith and love for him. He was not a magician who went about pulling stunts to impress those who were idly curious. He appeared repeatedly to those who loved him and would be his servants. He wanted them to be certain of what they would proclaim. Jesus knows our heart, he knows who is going to serve Him, so He will appear to you to empower you, to encourage you, to give you strength when the enemies attact you. The reason why all these people would go out and proclaim the gospel and even die for what they believed in is because they saw Jesus with there on eyes, so they knew whatever Jesus said to them before he died, it would come to pass. When they saw there savior on that cross, when He gave up the ghost, when he said it was finished, They thouht it was over, all hope was gone, there heart was broken, no peace, no joy. Because they realize without Jesus there can be no real joy, peace and happiness. Today we must understand that without Jesus in our life, we have nothing that will last. But with Jesus we have it all, we are rich because our Father in heaven owns everything, we are joint hires with Jesus, we are rich in grace and mercy, we are the head and not the tail. When Jesus showed up, He brought their joy back, now they knew it was true what John said in John 14:1-3″ Let not your heart be troubled, ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions, I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also. Because Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalgne( a woman first) then to three other women( Jesus has a special place in His heart for women) then to the disciples, then to about 500 people, what that says to you and I today is when He said I will return and take us back to be with him in paradise and live forever, we can take it to the bank, it will come to pass, so we have no fear, we do not fear man, we do not fear death, so we can go about our Father’s business, no one can stop you, devil you can’t touch this, devil you have no power over me. I do not have to fight my battles, I do not need to get even with you. I can love you when you hate me, because my God is alive, I have seen Him, no not with my eyes, but with my heart, how? Jesus said that my body is the Temple of the holy spirt, I know now that God can not lie, He told the truth about the reserection, so I walk by faith and not by sight and I know He is alive because I feel Him on the inside and He is the only one that could have gotten me out of my mess. Jesus said you can not see the wind, but you can feel it. Just like the 500 saw Jesus, we feel Him. Thats why we have hope, thats why we can face tomorrow. If you are reading this, then you know He is alive and will show up in your situation and make a better, the same way He showed up when the three Hebrew boys where thrown in the fire, Jesus showed up and rescued them, remember Jesus only showed himself to the one’s that love him and are willing to die for what they believe. God does not waste his time, he will show up in your life so you will believe, to convince you that He is alive, but if you still do not believe, Jesus said shacke the dust off your feet and move to the next one. Jesus showed up like He said He would. And He is on His way back. And yet He is with us now( The holy Spirt) our joy is here. We do not have to worry about a thing.