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Appearance to the Disciples (Part 2)

Posted by Thaddaeus

Luke 24: 35-48

The two disciples recounted what had taken place on the way, and how Jesus was made known to them in the breaking of bread.  While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.”  But they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost.  Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled?  And why do questions arise in your hearts?  Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.  Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have.”  And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.  While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed, he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?”  They gave him a piece of baked fish; he took it and ate it in front of them.  He said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses

and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.”  Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.  And he said to them, “Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the  nations, beginning from Jerusalem.  You are witnesses of these things.”

Appearance to the Disciples:  The two disciples, Cleophas and Luke, recount what takes place on their way to Galilee on the road to Emmaus where Jesus opens their minds to everything written about the Messiah in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.  While He was at table with them He took bread and said the blessing; then He broke it and handed it to them as at the Last Supper.  Their eyes are opened and they recognize Jesus in the breaking of the bread.  The two disciples set out immediately and return to the Upper Room in Jerusalem where the apostles and other companions remained for fear of the Jews.  While they recount their encounter with Jesus, He appears and says, “Peace be with you.”  We are told they are alarmed with fright and think they are seeing a ghost.  He calms their hearts and commissions them to go forth and be His witnesses to preach repentance and forgiveness of sins to all the nations.