Bible: Luke 24:36-53
Jesus Makes a Final Appearance
24:36 While they were saying these things, Jesus 1 himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 2 24:37 But they were startled and terrified, thinking 3 they saw a ghost. 4 24:38 Then 5 he said to them, “Why are you frightened, 6 and why do doubts 7 arise in your hearts? 24:39 Look at my hands and my feet; it’s me! 8 Touch me and see; a ghost 9 does not have flesh and bones like you see I have.” 24:40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 10 24:41 And while they still could not believe it 11 (because of their joy) and were amazed, 12 he said to them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 13 24:42 So 14 they gave him a piece of broiled fish, 24:43 and he took it and ate it in front of them.
Jesus’ Final Commission
24:44 Then 15 he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me 16 in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms 17 must be fulfilled.” 24:45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the scriptures, 18 24:46 and said to them, “Thus it stands written that the Christ 19 would suffer 20 and would rise from the dead on the third day, 24:47 and repentance 21 for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed 22 in his name to all nations, 23 beginning from Jerusalem. 24 24:48 You are witnesses 25 of these things. 24:49 And look, I am sending you 26 what my Father promised. 27 But stay in the city 28 until you have been clothed with power 29 from on high.”
24:50 Then 30 Jesus 31 led them out as far as Bethany, 32 and lifting up his hands, he blessed them. 24:51 Now 33 during the blessing 34 he departed 35 and was taken up into heaven. 36 24:52 So 37 they worshiped 38 him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 39 24:53 and were continually in the temple courts 40 blessing 41 God. 42