After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep.
In 1 Corinthians 15, the apostle Paul sought to counteract some who were teaching that “there is no resurrection of the dead” (verse 12). As we saw last Friday, He started by proving that Jesus Christ had been resurrected exactly as the Scriptures had predicted (verses 3-4).
And to confirm that the resurrection had taken place, he started listing those who had seen the resurrected Christ: “Cephas [another name for Peter], then by the twelve [the apostles]” (verse 5).
The fact that 500 people had seen the resurrected Christ all at once—and that the majority of them were still alive when Paul wrote—was another powerful confirmation. Read more about them and other eyewitnesses in the article “Jesus’ Resurrection: Eyewitness Accounts.”
Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: “Evil Company Corrupts.”