Aug
24
2014

Happy Are Those Who Believe Without Seeing Me

Luke 24: 14-24

On that same day two of Jesus’ followers were talking to each other about all the things that had happened.

As they talked and discussed, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them; they saw Him, but did not recognized Him.

Jesus said to them “What are you talking about to each other, as you walk along?”

One of them, asked Him, “Are you the only visitor in Jerusalem who doesn’t know the things that have been happening there these last few days?”

“What things?” He asked.

“The things that happened to Jesus of Nazareth,” they answered.

“This man was a prophet and was considered by GOD and by all people to be powerful in everything He said and did.

Our chief priests and rulers handed Him over to be sentenced to death, and He was crucified.

And we had hoped that He would be the one who was going to set Israel free!  Besides all that, this is now the third day since it happened.

Some of the women of our group surprised us; they went at dawn to the tomb, but could not find His body.  They came back saying that they had seen a vision of angels who told them that He is alive.

Some of our group went to the tomb and find it exactly as the women had said, but they did not see Him.

As they came near the village which they were going, Jesus acted as if He were going farther; but they held Him back, saying, “Stay with us; the day is almost over and it is getting dark.”

He went in to stay with them.  He sat down to eat with them, took the bread, and said the blessing; then He broke the bread and gave it to them.

Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him, but He disappeared from their sight.

They said to each other, “Wasn’t it like a fire burning in us when He talked to us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?”

They got up at once and went back to Jerusalem, where they found the eleven disciples gathered together with the others saying, “The LORD is risen indeed! He has appeared to Simon!”

The two then explained to them what had happened on the road, and how they had recognized the LORD when He broke the bread.

John 20: 19-22, 24-29

It was late that Sunday evening, and the disciples were gathered together behind locked doors, because they were afraid of Jewish authorities.

Then Jesus came and stood among them. “Peace be with you,” He said.

After saying this, He showed them His hands and His side.  The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the LORD.

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.  As the Father sent me, so I send you.”

Then He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive people’s sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

One of the twelve disciples, Thomas, was not with them when Jesus came.

The other disciples told him, “We have seen the LORD!”

Thomas said to them, “Unless I see the scars of the nails on His hands and put my fingers on those scars and my hand in His side, I will not believe.”

A week later the disciples were together again indoors, and Thomas was with them.  The doors were locked, but Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”

Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands; then reach out your hand and put it in my side Stop your doubting, and believe!

Thomas answered Him, “My LORD, and my GOD!”

Jesus said to him, “Do you believe because you see Me? How happy are those who believe without seeing Me!”

John 21: 1, 3-10, 12-19

After this, Jesus appeared once more to HIs disciples at Lake Tiberias.

Simon Peter said to the others, “I am going fishing.”

“We will go with you,” they told him.  They went out in a boat, but all that night they did not catch a thing.

As the sun was rising, Jesus’ stand at the water’s edge, but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.

He asked them, “Young men, haven’t you caught anything?” “Not a thing,” they answered.

He said to them, “Throw your net out on the right side of the boat and you will catch some.” They threw the net out and could not pull it back in because they had caught so many fish.

The disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the LORD!”

When Peter heard that it was the LORD, he wrapped his outer garment around him and jumped into the water.

The other disciples came to shore in the boat, pulling the net full of fish.

When they stepped ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there with fish on it and some bread.

Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.”

“Come and eat.” None of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the LORD.

Jesus went over, took the bread, and gave it to them; He did the same with the fish.

This was the third time Jesus appeared to the disciples after He was raised from death.

After they have eaten, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these others do?”

“Yes, LORD,” he answered, “You know that I love you.”

Jesus said to him, “Take care of my lamb.”

A second time Jesus said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

“Yes, LORD,” he answered, “You know that I love you.”

Jesus said to him, “Take care of my sheep.”

A third time Jesus said, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”

Peter became sad because Jesus asked him the third time. “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “LORD, You know everything; You know that I love you!”

Jesus said to him, “Take care of my sheep, I am telling you the truth: when you were young, you used to get ready and go anywhere you wanted to: but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will tie you up and take you where you don’t want to go.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Follow Me.”

Acts 1: 3-5

For forty days after His death He appeared to them many times in ways that proved beyond doubt that He was alive.  They saw Him and He talked with them about the Kingdom of GOD.  When they came together, He gave them this order:  “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift I told you about, the gift my Father promised.

John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

Praised the LORD.

 

Nicetas

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