As the apostles were talking with the disciples
of Christ, Cleophas and Luke, just returned from Emmaus, the door of the house
where they were gathered was locked from fear of the Jews; suddenly Jesus
Christ Himself stood among them and said to them, "Peace be unto you."
They were startled, and frightened, and supposed
that they saw a spirit. Jesus Christ said to them, "Why are you troubled,
and why do doubts arise in your hearts? See My hands
and My feet, that it is I Myself. Touch Me and see; for a spirit has no flesh
and bones as you see that I have."
Saying this, He showed them His hands, and feet,
and rib. The disciples were overjoyed seeing the Lord. Due to their great joy,
they marvelled only but still did not believe. To strengthen their faith, Jesus
Christ said to them, "Have you anything here to eat?"
The disciples gave Him a piece of broiled fish and
some honeycomb. Jesus Christ took it and ate before them. Then, He said to
them, "These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with
you, that everything written about Me in the law of
Moses, and the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled."
Then, He opened their minds to comprehend the
Scriptures. Finishing His conversation with His disciples, Jesus Christ for the
second time said, "Peace be with you. As the
Father has sent Me, even so I send you." And
when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, "Receive
the Holy Spirit. If you forgive sins, they are forgiven by God. If you retain
sins, they are retained."
This was the fifth appearance of the Lord Jesus
Christ on the first day of His glorious resurrection giving all His disciples great,
inexpressible joy. Only Thomas, one of the twelve disciples, called the Twin,
was not with them when Jesus came. When the other disciples told him that they
had seen the risen Lord, Thomas said to them, "Unless I see in His hands
the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place
my hand in His side, I will not believe."
the Gospels of Mark 16:14; Luke 24:36-45; John 20:19-25.
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