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Pilate’s Guards Report to the Priests
(Matt 28:11-15)

While Mary went to the disciples, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place.

And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’

And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.'”

So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.
[But was unlikely used, because the penalty for sleeping on duty was death]

Jesus Appears to Two on the Road to Emmaus
(Mark 16:12-13, Luke 24:13-32)

That very day two of them [not apostles] were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened.

While they were talking and discussing it together, Jesus himself drew near in another form and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.

And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad.

Then one of them, named Cleopas [not Clopas, the father of James the Less and Joses], answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened.

Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.”

And Jesus said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and enter into his glory?”

And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

So they drew near to the village to which they were going. And Jesus acted as if he were going further [possibly to Galilee], but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them.

When he was at the table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight.

So they said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”¬†And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem.

And they found the eleven, and those who were with them gathered together, who were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon! [Peter]” Then the two told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Jesus Appears to the Apostles
(Mark 16:14, Luke 24:36-43, John 20:19-23)

Now on the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you!”

But they were startled and frightened and thought they were seeing a spirit.

So he 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 does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”

And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marvelling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” So they gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate before them.

And when he had done this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit [receive the gift of forgiveness]. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”

Doubting Thomas
(John 20:24-29)

Now Thomas, called The Twin, one of the original Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other apostles told him, “We have seen the Lord.”

But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although 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 put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.”

Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”

And Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Jesus Appears in Galilee
(John 21:1-14)

Now Jesus appeared to the disciples again in Galilee, by the Sea of Tiberias. Peter, Thomas, Nathanael, James and John, and two others of his disciples were there together.

Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” And they said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; but the disciples did not know that it was him. And he said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” And they answered him, “No.”

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 now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish.

John said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea.

The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off. When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread.

Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” So Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn.

Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” For they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish.

This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

Jesus Restores Peter
(John 21:15-23)

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love me more than these? [other apostles]” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”

He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”

He said to him a third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him a 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, “Feed my sheep.

Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God) [crucifixion]. And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”

Peter turned and saw John following them. So he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?”

Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!”

So the saying spread abroad among the brothers that this disciple was not to die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?”

The Great Commission
(Matt 28:16-20, Mark 16:15-18, Luke 24:44-49)

Now the eleven apostles went up to the mountain in Galilee to which Jesus had directed them [along with around 500 followers as written in 1#Cor#15:5]. And when they saw him they worshipped him, but some doubted.

And Jesus said to the eleven apostles, “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 the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”

Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city [Jerusalem] until you are clothed with power from on high.”

The Ascension
(Mark 16:19-20, Luke 24:50-53, John 20:30-31, 21:24-25)

Then Jesus led them out as far as Bethany, to the Mount of Olives, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. And after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.

And they worshipped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple blessing God.

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book. Were every one of them to be written, we suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

We [Matthew, Mark, Luke and John] are bearing witness about these things, and who have written these things, and we know that their testimony is true.

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