Jesus Gave Them Hope
Jesus’ crucifixion had devastated His followers. In Matthew 19:27 Peter said to Jesus, “We have left everything to follow you.” And in John 6:68 Peter said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” In John 20:9 we also learn that they “did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.” As they watched Him being crucified, everything they had hoped in and believed in was destroyed before their eyes. So appearing to them after His resurrection, Jesus restored their hope.