Quotes by Merrill Unger
Post-resurrection Appearances: 1. To Mary Magdalene Jn. 20:14-18; Mk. 16:9. 2. To the women returning from the tomb Mt. 28:8-10. 3. To Peter later in the day Lk. 24:34; 1 Cor. 15:5. 4. To the disciples going to Emmaus in the evening Lk. 24:13-31. 5. To the apostles (except Thomas) Lk. 24:36-45; Jn. 20-19-24. 6. To the apostles a week later (Thomas present) Jn. 20:24-29. 7. In Galilee to the seven by the Lake of Tiberias Jn. 21:1-23. 8. In Galilee on a mountain to the apostles and 500 believers 1 Cor. 15:6. 9. At Jerusalem and Bethany again to James 1 Cor. 15:7. 10. At Olivet and the ascension Acts 1:3-12. 11. To Paul near Damascus Acts 9:3-6; 1 Cor. 15:8. 12. To Stephen outside Jerusalem Acts 7:55. 13. To Paul in the temple Acts 22:17-21; 23:11. 14. To John on Patmos Rev. 1:10-19.
Order of the Events of the Resurrection 1. Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome start for the tomb, Lk. 23:55-24:1. 2. They find the stone rolled away, Lk. 24:2-9. 3. Mary Magdalene goes to tell the disciples, Jn. 20:1-2. 4. Mary, the mother of James, draws near and sees the angel, Mt. 28:1-2. 5. She goes back to meet the other women following with spices 6. Meanwhile Peter and John arrive, look in and depart, Jn. 20:3-10. 7. Mary Magdalene returns weeping, sees two angels, then Jesus, Jn. 20:11-18. 8. The risen Christ bids her tell the disciples, Jn. 20:17-18. 9. Mary (mother of James) meanwhile returns with the women, Lk. 24:1-4. 10. They return and see the two angels, Lk. 24:5; Mk. 16:5. 11. They also hear the angel’s message, Mt. 28:6-8. 12. On their way to find the disciples, they are met by the risen Christ, Mt. 28:9-10.
No matter what the length of the portion explained may be, if it is handled in such a way that its real and essential meaning as it existed in the mind of the biblical writer and as it exists in the light of the overall context of Scripture is made plain and applied to the present-day needs of the hearers, it may be properly said to be expository preaching. It is emphatically not preaching about the Bible, but preaching the Bible. “What saith the Lord” is the alpha and omega of expository preaching. It begins in the Bible and ends in the Bible and all that intervenes springs from the Bible. In other words, expository preaching is Bible-centered preaching.
The Bible was given to bear witness to one God, Creator and Sustainer of the universe, through Christ, Redeemer of sinful man. It presents one continuous story – that of human redemption.