ImmerseMessiah NLT - Flipbook - Page 71
Then the two from Emmaus told their story of how Jesus had appeared
to them as they were walking along the road, and how they had recognized
him as he was breaking the bread.
And just as they were telling about it, Jesus himself was suddenly standing
there among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. But the whole group was
startled and frightened, thinking they were seeing a ghost!
“Why are you frightened?” he asked. “Why are your hearts filled with
doubt? Look at my hands. Look at my feet. You can see that it’s really me.
Touch me and make sure that I am not a ghost, because ghosts don’t have
bodies, as you see that I do.” As he spoke, he showed them his hands and
Still they stood there in disbelief, filled with joy and wonder. Then he
asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of
broiled fish, and he ate it as they watched.
Then he said, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything
written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms
must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And he said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would
suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. It was also written
that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all
the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all
who repent.’ You are witnesses of all these things.
“And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But
stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power
Then Jesus led them to Bethany, and lifting his hands to heaven, he
blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up
to heaven. So they worshiped him and then returned to Jerusalem filled
with great joy. And they spent all of their time in the Temple, praising God.