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.”

Jesus’ Departure

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 

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