Passover to Pentecost – Other Contacts Week 3 Day 7
Paul in 1 Corinthians 15: 6 is the only writer to mention this meeting. Matthew may refer to it in his Gospel, but there were probably many unrecorded meetings. Who could these five hundred have been? How many had been part of the seventy-two missionaries Jesus had sent out? Had they been part of the 9000 men who had been fed on those two special days by the Sea of Galilee? Had they followed Him through Nain when He raised the dead son? This list could go on for a while but several Gospels make the point that people still doubted when they saw Jesus during these forty days of the Resurrection. Even in this doubt Jesus met with them, fed them, and taught on His Kingdom.
How many of these people joined the Apostles in the Upper Room for prayer and so were counted in the 120 on the day of Pentecost no one records that. Were the other 380 in the crowd when Peter preached the first post-Jesus sermon? We do know that people professed to having been there because Paul says most of them were still alive when he wrote to the Corinthians. So His presence must have healed the doubt and strengthened their lives. I cannot prove this but I like to think that this meeting took place on Mount Tabor and that it would have been after the second month Passover but before the Ascension. (A post on this will be available on May 10th, the next full moon.)
This should be Jesus’ half-brother James, the author of the epistle and the head of the Jerusalem Church. Jesus knew he had a job to do, but the only mention of Jesus’ brothers was of them mocking Him about Passover or being with Mary trying to retrieve her “crazy” son. Imagine having Jesus as an older brother! What must the family thought when He turned water into wine and started having crowds of people following after Him to be healed. This private conversation did the work because in those ten days from the Ascension to Pentecost Mary His mother and His brothers are listed as those present in the upper room constantly praying. So for those living in the shadows of family members Jesus wants to meet you in the Resurrection and give you your job.
Most of this was posted in my blog called Restorations With The Resurrection