Jesus’ Private Appearance to his Disciples
One day, the disciples gather together to pray and fast.
Jesus appears to them, and asks them what they want of him.
The disciples ask what the church’s name should be.
Jesus explains that his church should bear his name, should be built upon his gospel, be as him, and he warns of the eventual spiritual demise of the civilization.
Jesus adds that his people should enter into the narrow gate that leads to life.
Jesus then asks his disciples what they would like after Jesus leaves.
Nine of the twelve express their desire to live good lives, and then quickly enter the kingdom of God when they die.
Jesus commends them for their desire, and declares that their wishes will be granted.
He then turns to the remaining three disciples, and asks them what they want.
The three disciples are too embarrassed to answer.
Jesus reads their thoughts, and knows that they want to stay alive until the Second Coming; Jesus grants their wishes, and says that they will minister in the world until he comes again, feeling no pain except for sorrow for the world’s evils.
Jesus touches the nine other disciples one by one, then ascends into heaven.
Establishment and Growth of the Church
Ministry of the Disciples