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Jesus Appears to His Followers

They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them. They were all gathered together. They were saying, “It’s true! The Lord has risen! He has appeared to Simon!”

Then the two of them told what had happened to them on the way. They told how they had recognized Jesus when he broke the bread.

The disciples were still talking about this when Jesus himself suddenly stood among them. He said, “May peace be with you!”

They were surprised and terrified. They thought they were seeing a ghost.

Jesus said to them, “Why are you troubled? Why do you have doubts in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is really I! Touch me and see. A ghost does not have a body or bones. But you can see that I do.”

After he said that, he showed them his hands and feet. But they still did not believe it. They were amazed and filled with joy.

So Jesus asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”

They gave him a piece of cooked fish. He took it and ate it in front of them.

Jesus said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you. Everything written about me must happen. Everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms must come true.”

Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written. The Christ will suffer. He will rise from the dead on the third day. His followers will preach in his name. They will tell others to turn away from their sins and be forgiven. People from every nation will hear it, beginning at Jerusalem. You have seen these things with your own eyes.

“I am going to send you what my Father has promised. But for now, stay in the city. Stay there until you have received power from heaven.”

Jesus led his disciples out to the area near Bethany. Then he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them. He was taken up into heaven.

Then they worshiped him. With great joy, they returned to Jerusalem (vv. 33-52, The Voice).

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