The Risen and Glorified Lord (Part 2) – Gospels Merged
Section 163 – Jesus Appears to the Disciples
(Lk. 24:36-43; Jn. 20:19-23)
3 Now as they were still saying these things, 4 when it was early evening that day, the first day of the week (and while the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews) Jesus 3 Himself 4 came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you!”
3 But they were startled and terrified –thinking they were seeing a spirit. But He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your hearts? Look at My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself! Touch Me, and see –for a spirit does not have flesh and bones, as you see that I have.
And when He had said this, He showed them 4 both 3 His hands and feet 4 –and His side. The disciples then rejoiced at seeing the Lord. 3 And since they still did not believe it (because of joy and amazement) He said to them, “Do you have anything to eat?” They gave Him a piece of broiled fish –and He took it and ate it in front of them.
4 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent Me, I also am sending you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of anyone, they have been forgiven; if you retain the sins of anyone, they have been retained.”
Section 164 – Jesus Appears to Thomas
4 But Thomas (called E “The Twin”) –one of the twelve– was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the impression of the nails in His hands, and put my finger into those nail-marks, and put my hand into His side –I will never believe it.”
Eight days later, His disciples were inside the house again, and Thomas with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see My hands; and reach out your hand and put it into My side –and do not be unbelieving, but believe!”
Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen Me? Blessed are those who have not seen, and yet believe.”
Section 165 – Jesus Appears & Fish are Miraculously Caught
4 After this, Jesus revealed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of F Tiberias. He revealed Himself in this way: Simon Peter, and Thomas (called G “The Twin”), and Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. “I am going fishing,” Simon Peter said to them. They said to him, “We’ll go with you too.” They went out and got into the boat –but that night they caught nothing.
Just as early morning was dawning, Jesus stood on the beach –however, the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
So Jesus said to them, “Boys –you don’t have any fish, do you?”
“No,” they answered Him.
So He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” So they cast it, and then they were unable to haul it in because of the great number of fish.
Then that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he was stripped for work), and jumped into the lake.
But the other disciples followed in the little boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the shore –about H ninety meters away. So when they got out onto the land, they saw a fire of coals laid there, with fish lying on it, and bread.
Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.”
So Simon Peter went up and hauled the net to ashore, full of large fish –153 of them; but even though there were so many, the net was not torn.
Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared to ask Him, “Who are You?” –because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them –and also the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after He was raised from the dead.
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord –You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My lambs.”
Jesus said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord –You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.”
He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things –You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep. Truly, I tell you the truth: When you were younger, you dressed yourself and walked wherever you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will dress you, and carry you where you do not wish to go.” (Jesus said this to indicate by what kind of death Peter would glorify God. And having said this, He said to him, “Follow Me!”
Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them. (This was the one who also leaned back against Jesus’ chest at the supper and said, “Lord, who is the one that is going to betray You?”) When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord –what about him?”
Jesus said to him, “If it is My will that he remain alive until I come, what is that to you? –You follow Me!” Therefore, the rumor went out among the brothers that this disciple would not die –however Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but only, “If it is My will that he remain alive until I come, what is that to you?”
This is the disciple who is testifying to these things, and who has written these things –and we know that his testimony is true.
Section 166 – The Great Commission
1 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had directed them to go.
When they saw Him, they worshiped Him –but some doubted. Then Jesus came up to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations –baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit; teaching them to obey all that I commanded you. And surely, I am with you always –even to the very end of the age.”
Section 167 – The Ascension
2 [Later Jesus appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table eating; and He rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen.
And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved --but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in My name; they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will get well."]
3 Then He said to them, “These are My 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 so they could understand the Scriptures, and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be preached in His name to all the nations –beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And look: I am sending upon you What My Father promised –but you must stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”
(Mk. 16:19-20; Lk. 24:50-53)
2 [So then, after the Lord Jesus had spoken to them,] 3 He led them out as far as Bethany –and lifting up His hands, He blessed them. And it so happened, that while He was blessing them, He left them 2 [and was carried up into heaven --and sat down at the right hand of God.]
3 And they [worshiped Him, and] returned to Jerusalem with great joy –and were continually in the temple praising God. 2 [And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word by the signs that accompanied it.]
Section 168 – Conclusion
(Jn. 20:30-31; 21:25)
4 Now Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah –the Son of God– and that by believing, you may have life in His name.
And there are also many other things which Jesus did –if every one of them were written down in detail, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.
Notes: Sec.161 – AMeaning, immediately after the Sabbath day’s sunset; B The most reliable early manuscripts do not have Mark 16:9-20; Sec.162 – CGk.= “sixty stadia” equal to about 7 miles; DGk.= “Christ” or “Anointed One”; EGk.= “Didymus”; Sec.165 – FOr “Galilee”; GGk.= “Didymus”; Gk.= “200 cubits,” equal to about 100 yards;
Four Gospels Merged: A Harmony”by R. Totten (c) 2003