The same day of Jesus’s resurrection, two men are walking to a village called Emmaus when Jesus appears to them. The men don’t recognize Jesus so they begin telling Jesus all that has happened the last couple of days regarding Jesus’s crucifixion and the report of His resurrection by the women.
Jesus responds, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” Then Jesus begins to explain Himself to the men by telling them the Story! “And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.”
Later the men say, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” So the men go and tell the other disciples, who were hiding from the Jews, that Jesus is alive. While they are sharing the good news, Jesus appears and says, “Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”
Doubting Thomas was not present when Jesus appeared. So he says he will not believe unless he sees and touches Jesus’s wounds for himself. Jesus gives Thomas what he thinks he needs in order to believe and then Jesus says, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Jesus appears again to a few disciples while they are fishing. When Peter realizes it is Jesus, he jumps out of the boat and swims to shore to be reunited with his friend and his Savior whom he denied 3 times. However, Jesus still loves Peter despite any past or future failures. So Jesus restores Peter and commissions him to care for His people.
We end the reading with the Lord giving His disciples final instructions. “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Tomorrow we end the Gospel Era 🎉 and begin the Church and Missions Eras. Keep reading.
(Luke 24:13-43, Mark 16:12-13, John 20:19-23, Mark 16:14, John 20:24-21:25, Matthew 28:16-20, Mark 16:15-18, Luke 24:44-49)