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THE JOURNEY TO EMMAUS.

40. On the same day Jesus appeared to Peter, who, on account of his fall, stood in need of peculiar consolation. Two other of his disciples were going on the same day to a village called Emmaus, which was about eight miles from Jerusalem. And they were talking together of all these things. And as they went on their way they were joined by one who said to them, “ What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad ?” And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, “ Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days ?” And he said unto them, “What things ?” And they said unto him, “ Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel : and beside all this, to-day is the third day since these things were done. Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre ; and when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.” Then he said unto them, “O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken : ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?" And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the Scrip

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tures the things concerning himself. And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone

further. But they constrained him, saying, “ Abide with us : for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And he went in to tarry with them. And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, “ Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the Scriptures ?”

And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and bath appeared to Simon.” And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.

And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, “Peace be unto you.”

But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he said unto them, “Why are ye troubled ? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my

hands and my feet, that it is I myself : handle

me,
and

see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.” And when he had thus spoken, he showed them his hands and his feet. And while they yet believed not for joy, and astonishment, he said unto them, “ Have ye here any meat ?" And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat before them. a

41. JESUS APPEARS TO THOMAS, AND TO THE

DISCIPLES, AT THE SEA OF GENNESARET. But Thomas, one of the twelve apostles, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said unto them, “Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and

- Luke xxiv. 13_43.

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put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them : then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “ Peace be unto you.” Then saith he to Thomas, “Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side : and be not faithless, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and

my

God.” Jesus saith unto him, “ Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed : blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”a

After this the disciples returned again to their trade as fishermen on the sea of Tiberias, and cast their nets into the sea a whole night without taking any thing. And when the morning was come, Jesus stood on the shore; and the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said unto them, “ Children, have ye any meat ?" They answered, “ No.” And he said unto them, “Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye

shall find." They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. Then said John to Peter, “It is the Lord.” When Peter heard that it was the Lord, he cast himself into the sea, and swam to the shore.

As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread. Jesus saith unto them, “ Bring of the fish which ye have now caught.” Simon Peter went up,

and drew the net to land full of great

a John xx. 24-29.

JESUS APPEARS TO THE DISCIPLES.

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fishes, an hundred and fifty and three : and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.

Jesus saith unto them, “ Come and dine.” And none of the disciples durst ask him, “Who art thou?” knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.

So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these?” He saith unto him, “ Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee.” He saith unto him,

lambs.” He saith to him again the second time, “Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me ?” He saith unto him, “ Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee.” He saith unto him, “ Feed my sheep.” He saith unto him the third time,

Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me?” Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, “ Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee.” Jesus saith unto him, “Feed my sheep. Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest : but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.” This spake he, signifying by what death he should“ glorify God. b

Another time, Jesus appeared at a place where more than five hundred of his disciples were assembled together. Thus there was an abundance of witnesses of his resurrection.

b John xxi. 15-19.

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