Confidence in the Gospel

Confidence in the Gospel video.

The Arrest, Trial and Crucifixion in all 4 Gospels
with Jon Robertshaw.

Jesus and his disciples crossed the Kidron Brook and entered the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives.
“Sit here,” he said, “while I go over there and pray.”
He took with him Peter, James and John.  Grief and anguish came over him and he said to them, “The sorrow in my heart is so great it is about to crush me. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
He went a stone’s throw farther on, threw himself face downwards on the ground and prayed,  “Father, if it is possible, take this cup of suffering from me!  Yet, not what I want, but what You want.”
Returning to the three disciples, he found them asleep.
He said to Peter, “How is it that you three were not able to keep watch with me even for one hour?  Keep watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.  The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”
Once more Jesus went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cup of suffering cannot be taken away unless I drink it, Your Will be done.” 
An angel from Heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.
In great anguish, he prayed even more fervently; his sweat was like drops of blood, falling to the ground.
Rising from prayer, he returned once more to find the disciples asleep; they could not keep their eyes open. 
Again he left them, went away and prayed the third time, with the same words.  Then he returned to the disciples.
“Are you still sleeping and resting?  Look! The hour has come for the Son of Man to be handed over to the power of sinners.  Get up. Let us go. Look, here is the man who is going to betray me!”

Judas knew the Garden because Jesus has often met there with his disciples. So he came with a group of Roman soldiers and some Temple guards, sent by the chief priests and the Pharisees.  They were armed and carried lanterns and torches.
Jesus knew everything that was going to happen to him, so he stepped forward and asked them, “Who is it you are looking for?”
“Jesus of Nazareth.”
Jesus said, “I am He.”
When they heard him say, “I am He,” they moved back and fell to the ground.
Now Judas had given them a sign, “The man I kiss is the one you want.  Arrest him!”

                    
Judas went straight to Jesus and said, “Peace be with you, Teacher,” and kissed him.
Jesus answered, “Be quick about it, friend!”
Then he said, “If you are looking for me, let these others go.”  
He said this so that what he had said might come true, “Father, I have not lost even one of those You gave me.”
Then they came up and arrested Jesus.
Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high Priest’s slave, cutting of his right ear. The slave’s name was Malchus.
Jesus said to Peter, “Sheath your sword!  All who take the sword die by the sword.  Don’t you know that I could call on my Father for help, and at once He would send me more than twelve legions of angels?  But in that case, how could the Scriptures come true which say that this is what must happen.”
He touched the man’s ear and healed him.
Then he spoke to the crowd, “Did you have to come with swords and clubs to capture me, as though I were an outlaw?  Every day I sat down and taught in the Temple, but you did not arrest me.
But all this happened in order to make what the prophets wrote in the Scriptures come true.”
Then the disciples left him and ran away.  One young man, dressed only in a linen cloth, was following Jesus, They tried to arrest him, but he ran away naked, leaving the cloth behind.

Then the Roman soldiers with their commanding officer and the Jewish guards bound Jesus and took him first to Annas. He was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was High Priest that year. 
It was Caiaphas who had advised the Jewish authorities that it was better that one man should die, than all should suffer.

Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus.  That other disciple was well known to the high Priest, so he went with Jesus into the courtyard of the High Priest’s house, while Peter stayed outside by the gate.
Then the other disciple went back out, spoke to the servant girl at the gate, and brought Peter inside.
The servant girl at the gate said to Peter, “Aren’t you also one of the disciples of that man?”
“No, I am not,” answered Peter.
It was cold, so the servants and guards had made a charcoal fire and were warming themselves.  So Peter went over and stood with them, warming himself.
                    
The High Priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching.
Jesus answered, “I have always spoken publicly to everyone; all my teaching was done in synagogues and in the Temple, where all the people come together.  I have never said anything in secret.  Why do you question me?  Question the people who heard me.  Ask them what I told them – they know what I said.”
When Jesus said this, one of the guards hit him and said, “How dare you speak like that to the High Priest!”
Jesus answered him, “If I have said anything wrong, tell everyone here what it was.  But if I am right in what I said, why did you hit me?”
Then Annas sent him, still bound to Caiaphas, where all the chief priests, the teachers of the Law and elders had gathered.
The whole council tried to find some false evidence against Jesus to put him to death.  They could not find any, though many people came forward, telling lies about him.  Finally two met stepped forward and said, “This man said, ‘I am able to tear down God’s Temple and build it again three days later.’”
However, not even they could make their stories agree.
The High Priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Have you no answer to give to this accusation?”  But Jesus said nothing. Again the High Priest spoke to him, “In the Name of the Living God I now put you on oath. Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”
Jesus answered him, “So you say. But I tell you: from this time on you will see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of the Almighty and coming on the clouds of Heaven.”
At this the High Priest tore his clothes and said, “Blasphemy! We don’t need any more witnesses! You have just heard his blasphemy!  What do you think?”
“He is guilty and must die,” they replied.
Then they spat in his face and the guards mocked him and beat him. They blindfolded him and taunted him, “Who hit you? Guess!” and they said many other insulting things to him.

Meanwhile Peter was still warming himself by the fire when one of the High Priest’s slaves, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, spoke up, “Didn’t I see you with him in the garden?”
Again Peter denied it and moved away to the entrance. After a little while a servant girl said to the men there, “He was with Jesus of Nazareth!”  “You are one of them!” they said. “Your Galilean accent gives you away!”
                    
“I swear I do not know the man!” Peter replied.
Just then the cock crowed, and Peter remembered that Jesus had said to him, “Before the cock crows, you will say three times that you do not know me.”
Peter went out and wept bitterly.

When Judas, the traitor, learnt that Jesus had been condemned to death, he repented and took the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders.
“I have sinned by betraying an innocent man to his death!”
“What is that to do with us? That is your business!” 
Judas threw the coins down in the Temple. Then he went out and hanged himself.
The chief priests picked up the coins.  “This is blood money. It is against our Law to put it in the Temple treasury.”
After reaching an agreement, they used the money to buy the Potter’s Field, as a cemetery for foreigners.
That is why, to this very day, that field is called “Field of Blood.”
Then what the prophet Jeremiah had said came true: “They took the thirty pieces of silver, the amount the people of Israel had agreed to pay for him and used it to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord had commanded me.” 


Early in the morning all the chief priests and elders hurriedly made their plans against Jesus to put him to death. They put him in chains and took him to the Governor’s palace.
The Jewish authorities did not go inside the palace, because they wanted to keep themselves ritually clean, in order to eat the Passover meal.
So Pilate went out to them.
“What  is the accusation against this man?” he asked.
“We would not have brought him to you if he had not committed a crime.”
“Then you yourselves take him and try him according to your law.”
They replied, “We are not allowed to put anyone to death.
(This happened in order to make the words of Jesus come true, the words he used when he indicated the kind of death he would die.)
“We caught this man misleading our people, telling them not to pay taxes to the Emperor and claiming that he is the Messiah, a King!”
Pilate went back into the palace and called Jesus.  
                    
“Are you the King of the Jews?”
Jesus answered, “Does this question come from you, or have others told you about me?”
“Do you think that I am a Jew?  It was your own people and the chief priests who handed you over to me.  What have you done?”
“My Kingdom does not belong to this world.  If my Kingdom belonged to this world my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish people.   No, my Kingdom does not belong here!”
“You are a king, then?”
“You say that I am a king.  I was born and came into the world for this one purpose, to speak about the Truth.  Whoever belongs to the Truth listens to me.”
“What is truth?” Pilate replied.
Asked about the accusations made against him, Jesus said nothing.
Pilate said to him, “Don’t you hear all these things they accuse you of?”  But Jesus refused to answer a single word, with the result that the Governor was greatly surprised.
Pilate then said to the chief priests and to the crowds, “I find no reason to condemn this man.”
But they insisted even more strongly, “His teaching is starting a riot all through Judea.  He began in Galilee and now has come here.”
When Pilate heard that Jesus was from the region ruled by Herod, he sent Jesus to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time. Herod was very pleased when he saw Jesus, because he had heard about him and had wanted to see him for a long time. He was hoping to see Jesus perform some miracle.  So Herod asked Jesus many questions, but Jesus made no answer.  The chief priests and teachers of the Law stepped forward and made strong accusations against Jesus.  Herod and his soldiers mocked Jesus and treated him with contempt; then they put a fine purple robe on him and sent him back to Pilate.
On that very day Herod and Pilate became friends.  Before this they had been enemies.

Pilate called together the chief priests, the leaders, and the people.
“You brought this man to me and said that he is misleading the people.  Now, I have examined him here in your presence and I have not found him guilty of any of the crimes you accuse him of. Nor did Herod find him guilty, for he sent him back to us.
There is nothing this man has done to deserve death.
                    
So I will have him whipped and let him go.”
Pilate then took Jesus and had him whipped. 
The soldiers made a crown of thorns and put it on his head, then they put the purple robe back on him, put a spear in his right hand and knelt before him, jeering, “Long live the King of the Jews!” Then they came up to him and hit him.
While Pilate was sitting in the Judgement Hall, his wife sent him a message.  “Have nothing to do with that innocent man.  In a dream last night, I suffered much on account of him.”
Pilate went out once more and said to the crowd, “Look, I will bring him out here to you, to let you see that I cannot find any reason to condemn him.” 
So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe.
Pilate said, “Behold! The Man!”
At every Passover Festival the Roman Governor was in the habit of setting free any one prisoner the crowd asked for.
At that time there was a well-known prisoner named Jesus Barabbas.  He and others were in prison for murder during a riot in the city. So Pilate asked the crowd, “Do you want me to release the King of the Jews?”  He knew very well that the chief priests had handed over Jesus to him because they were jealous.
But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to ask, instead, for Pilate to set Barabbas free.
“What, then, do you want me to do with the one you call King of the Jews?”
“Crucify him!”
“But what crime has he committed?”
The crowd yelled back, “We have a law that says he ought o die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.”
When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid.  He went back into the palace and asked Jesus, “Where do you come from?”
But Jesus did not answer.
“Will you not speak to me?  Remember, I have the authority to set you free and also to have you crucified”
Jesus answered, “You have authority over me only because it has been given to you by God.  So the man who handed me over to you is guilty of a worse sin.”
When Pilate heard this, he tried to find a way to set Jesus free.
But the crowd shouted back, “If you set him free, you are no friend of Caesar!  Anyone who claims to be a king is a rebel against the Emperor!”

                    
When Pilate heard these words, he took Jesus outside and sat down on the judge’s seat in the place called The Pavement, “Gabbatha” in Hebrew.
It was almost noon on the day before the Passover.
Pilate said to the people, “This is your King!”
They shouted back at the tops of their voices, “Kill him! Kill him! Crucify him!”
“Do you want me to crucify your King?”
The chief priests answered, “The only king we have is Caesar!”
When Pilate saw that it was no use to go on, but that a riot might break out, he took some water, washed his hands in front of the crowd, and said, “I am not responsible for the death of this man. This is your doing!”
The whole crowd answered, “His death be upon us and upon our children!”
Then Pilate set free Barabbas, and handed over Jesus to the soldiers to be crucified.

The soldiers took Jesus into the Governor’s Praetorium, took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him, then led him out to crucify him. 
On the way they met a man named Simon from Cyrene, who was coming in from the country. He was the father of Alexander and Rufus.  The soldiers seized him, put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.
A large crowd followed Jesus; among them were women, who were weeping and wailing for him.
Jesus turned to them and said, “Women of Jerusalem! Do not cry for me, but for yourselves and for your children.  For the days are coming when people will say, ‘How lucky are the women who never bore children and never nursed them.’  That will be the time when people will say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us!’ and to the hills, ‘Hide us!’  If such things as this happen when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”
There were two others, both criminals, who were led out with Jesus to be put to death.  The soldiers took them to a place called Golgotha, which means, “Place of the skull.”  They tried to give Jesus wine mixed with myrrh, but he would not drink it.
There they crucified Jesus, with the bandits, one on his right and the other on his left.

                    
Jesus cried out, “Father! Forgive them! They don’t know what they are doing.”
They soldiers divided his clothes into four parts, one for each one, but the robe was made from one piece of seamless, woven cloth. The soldiers said to each other, “Let’s not tear it; let’s throw dice to see who will get it.”  
This happened in order to make the Scripture come true, “They divided my clothes among themselves and gambled for my robe.”
And this is what the soldiers did.
Pilate wrote a notice and had it put on the cross, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.”  Many people read it, because the place where Jesus was crucified was not far from the city.  The notice was written in Hebrew, Latin and Greek.  The chief priests said to Pilate, “Do not write ‘King of the Jews,’ but rather, ‘This man said, ‘I am King of the Jews.’”  Pilate answered, “What I have written stays written.”
Some people stood watching, while others hurled insults at him as they passed by, “You were going to tear down the Temple and build it up again in three days!  Save yourself, if you are God’s Son!  Come down from the cross!” 
The chief priests, the teachers of the Law and the elders jeered, “He saved others but he cannot save himself!  Isn’t he the King of Israel?  If he comes down from the cross now, we will believe him!  He trusts in God and claims to be God’s Son.  Well then, let us see if God wants to save him now!”
One of the criminals hanging there hurled insults at Jesus, “Aren’t you the Messiah?  Then save yourself, and us!”
However, the other one rebuked him.  “Don’t you fear God?  We received the same sentence as he.  Ours is only right, because we are getting what we deserve for what we did.  But he has done no wrong.”  He said to Jesus, “Jesus, remember me when you come as King!”
Jesus said to him, “I promise you. Today you will be with me in Paradise.”
Standing close to Jesus’ cross were his Mother, his Mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
He saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing there.  Jesus said to his Mother, “Behold, your son!”   Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” From that time on the disciple took her to live in his home.
It was about Noon when the Sun stopped shining and darkness covered the whole country until three in the afternoon.

                    
Jesus knew that by now everything had been completed.  In order to make the Scripture come true he said, “I thirst.”
A bowl was there full of cheap wine.  One of the soldiers soaked a sponge in the wine, put it on the end if his spear and raised it to Jesus’ lips for him to drink.
At about three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eli! Eli! Lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God! My God! Why have You forsaken me?” 
Some of the people standing there, heard him and said, “He is calling on Elijah!  Let’s see if Elijah will come to save him!”
Jesus gave a loud cry, “It is accomplished!  Father, into Your Hand I commend my Spirit!”
Then He bowed his head and died.

The Centurion, who was standing there in front of the cross, saw how Jesus had died.  “This man surely was the Son of God,” he said.

The curtain hanging in the Temple was torn in two from top to bottom.  The earth shook, rocks split apart, and graves were opened.  Many of God’s people, who had died, were raised to life.  They left the graves, and after Jesus rose from death, they went into the Holy City, where many people saw them.

When the people, who had gathered there to watch the spectacle,
saw what happened, they all went back home, beating their breasts in sorrow.  All those who knew Jesus personally, stood at a distance to watch. 
Some women were among them, who had followed Jesus while he was in Galilee and had helped him. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of the younger James and of Joseph, and Salome, the wife of Zebedee.

Then the Jewish authorities asked Pilate to have the legs broken of those crucified.  They requested this because it was Friday and they did not want the bodies to stay on the crosses on the Sabbath, since the coming Sabbath was especially holy. 
So the soldiers went and broke the legs of the first man and then of the other man who had been crucified with Jesus.


                    
But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead, so they did not break his legs. One of the soldiers, however, plunged his spear into Jesus’ side.
At once blood and water poured out.
(The one who saw this happen has spoken of it, so that you also may believe.  What he said is true and he knows that he speaks the truth.)
This was done to make the Scripture come true, “Not a bone of his will be broken,” and another Scripture which says, “People will look at him whom they pierced.” 

There was a rich man named Joseph from Arimathea, a town in Judea.
He was a secret disciple of Jesus because he was afraid of the Jewish authorities.  He was a good and honourable man, who was waiting for the Kingdom of God.  Although he was a member of the Council, he had not agreed to their decision and action.
Because it was Preparation Day, the evening  before the Sabbath, Joseph went  boldly into the presence of Pilate and asked him for the body of Jesus.  Pilate was surprised to hear that Jesus was already dead.  He called in the centurion and asked him if Jesus had been dead for some time.  After hearing the officer’s report, Pilate told Joseph that he could have the body.
Nicodemus, the Pharisee who at first had gone to see Jesus at night, went with Joseph, taking with him about thirty kilogrammes of spices, a mixture of myrrh and aloes, and a new linen sheet, which Joseph had just bought.
The two men took Jesus’ body and wrapped it in a linen cloth with the spices, according to the Jewish custom of preparing a body for burial.
There was a garden in the place where Jesus had been put to death.  In the garden was Joseph’s own new tomb, which he had  just recently dug out of the solid rock, in which no one had yet  been buried.  In this tomb they placed the body of Jesus.  Then they rolled a large stone across the entrance to the tomb, and went away.
The women who had followed Jesus from Galilee, went with Joseph, and saw where the body of Jesus was placed.  They were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph. 
It was Friday, and the Sabbath was about to begin, so they went back home to prepare spices and perfumes for the body.
On the Sabbath they rested, as the Law commanded.

The Resurrection from all Four gospels

 

On the Sabbath the chief priests and the Pharisees met with Pilate.  “Sir,” they said, “we remember that liar said that He would be raised to life on the third day. Give orders for his tomb to be carefully guarded until the third day, so that his disciples will not be able to go and steal the Body, then tell the people that he was raised from death.  This last lie would be even worse than the first.

“You take a guard,” Pilate said, “and make the tomb as secure as you can.”

So they left and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and by leaving guards on watch.

 

 

After the Sabbath, there was a sudden, violent earthquake; an Angel of the Lord came down from Heaven, rolled the stone away, and sat on it.

The guards were so afraid that they trembled and became like dead men.  Then some of the guards went back into Jerusalem and told the chief priests everything that had happened.

The chief priests met with the elders and made their plan; they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers and said, “You are to say that his disciples came during the night and stole the Body while you were asleep. If the governor should hear about this, we will convince him that you are innocent, and you will have nothing to worry about.”

The guards took the money and did what they were told to do.

So that is the report spread round by the Jews to this day.

 

Meanwhile, as Sunday morning was dawning, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome set out for the tomb, carrying the spices which they had prepared.

On the way they said to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us?”  For it was a very large stone.

Yet, when they reached the tomb, they looked up and saw that the stone had already been rolled back.

When they went into the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right, wearing a brilliant white robe – and they were alarmed.

“Do not be alarmed, I know that you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.

“He is not here – He has been raised!  Look, here is the place where they laid Him.

 

                                                                            

“Now go and give this message to his disciples, including Peter,  ‘He is going to Galilee ahead of you; there you will see him, just as he told you.’”

So they went out from the tomb, afraid and yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples, but spoke to no one on the way.

The apostles thought that what the women said was nonsense, but Simon Peter and the disciple whom Jesus loved went running to the tomb. The other disciple ran faster and reached the tomb first. He bent down and saw the linen wrappings, but he did not go in. But Peter went straight into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there and the cloth, which had been around Jesus’ head. It was not lying with the linen wrappings but was rolled up by itself.

Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in; he saw and believed!  For they still did not understand the Scripture which said that He must rise from death.

Then the disciples went back home, amazed at what had happened.

Mary Magdalene stood crying outside the tomb.  While she was still crying, she bent down and looked into the tomb.

“Woman, why are you crying?  Who are you looking for?”

She turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but did not recognise him.  She thought he was the gardener, so she said to Him, “If you took him away, sir, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.”

Jesus said to her, “Mary!”

She turned to him and said in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (this means ‘Teacher’).

She came to him, fell on her knees, held his feet and worshipped Him.

“Do not cling onto me, because I have not yet gone back to the Father.  But go to my brothers and tell them that I am returning to Him who is my Father and their Father, my God and their God.”

So Mary Magdalene went and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord and related to them what he had told her.  They were mourning and crying, and when they heard her say that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe her.

 

Later that day two of Jesus’ disciples were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem.

They were talking together about all the things that had happened, when Jesus drew near and walked  along with them.

                                                                               

                                                                            

They saw Him, but did not recognise him.

“What are you talking about?” asked Jesus.

They stood still, with sad faces.

One of them, named Cleopas, 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?”

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

“This man was a Prophet and was considered by God and by all the 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.

“We had hoped that He would be the one who was going to set Israel free!  Beside 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 His tomb, but could not find His Body. They came back saying that they had seen a vision of Angels, who told them that Jesus is alive.

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

“How slow you are to believe what the prophets said!” Jesus said.

“Was it not necessary for the Messiah to suffer these things, and then enter His Glory?”  Then He explained to them what was said about Himself in all the Scriptures, beginning with Moses and the writings of all the Prophets.

As they came near to Emmaus, Jesus acted as if he was going further, but they held Him back. “Stay with us; the day is almost over, and it is getting dark.”

So 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.

Suddenly their eyes were opened and they recognised Him! But He disappeared from their sight.

They exclaimed, “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 hurried back to Jerusalem, where they found the apostles gathered together with the others, behind locked doors, because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities,  and 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 recognised the Lord when He broke the bread.

 

While the two were explaining this, suddenly the Lord himself stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”

They were terrified, thinking that they were seeing a ghost.

“Why are you alarmed? Why are these doubts coming up in your minds?  Look at my hands and my side, and see that it is I myself.

“Feel me, and you will know, for a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you can see that I have.”

Jesus said this and showed them his hands and feet.

They still could not believe, they were so full of joy and wonder.

So He asked them, “Have you anything to eat?”

They gave him a piece of cooked fish, which he ate in front of them.  Then he said to them again, “Peace be with you.”

“These are the very things I told you about while I was still with you: everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the writings of the Prophets and the Psalms had to come true.”

Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said

“This is what is written: the Messiah must suffer and must rise from death three days later, and in his Name the message of repentance and the forgiveness of sins must be preached to all nations, beginning in Jerusalem.” 

“You are witnesses of these things.  I myself will send upon you what my Father has promised.  But you must wait in Jerusalem until the Power from on High comes down upon 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 apostles, Thomas, called The Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.  So the others told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

Thomas said, “Unless I see the scars in his hands and put my finger on those scars and put 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 stretch 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 have seen me? Blessed are those who believe without seeing me!”

 

 

After this Jesus appeared again to his disciples at Lake Tiberias in Galilee.  This is how it happened.

 

Simon Peter, Thomas (called The Twin), Nathanael (the one from Cana in Galilee), the sons of Zebedee (James and John) and two other disciples of Jesus were all together.

Simon said, “I am going fishing.”

“We will come with you,” they said.  So they went out in a boat, but all that night they caught nothing.

As the Sun was rising, Jesus stood at the water’s edge, but the disciples did not know it was Jesus.

He asked them men, “Young men, haven’t you caught anything?”

“Not a thing,” they replied.

“Cast your net on the starboard side and you will catch some.”

So they cast the net, 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!”

But some of them doubted. When Peter heard that it was the Lord, he wrapped his outer garment around him, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea.

The others came to shore in the boat, dragging the net, full of fish.

They were not far off, about a hundred yards out.

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

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

Simon went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of big fish, 153 in all, yet, even with so many, the net did not tear.

Jesus said, “Come and eat.”

None of the disciples dared ask Him, ‘Who are You?’ because they knew it was the Lord.

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

 

This, then, was the third time that Jesus appeared to his disciples after He was raised from death.

 

After they had 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 lambs.”

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 was sad that Jesus asked him a third time, “Do you love me?” so he said to Jesus, “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; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will bind you and take you where you don’t want to go.”

In saying this, Jesus was indicating the way in which Peter would die and bring Glory to God.

Then Jesus said to him, “Follow me!”

 

Peter turned around and saw behind him that other disciple, whom Jesus loved – the one who had leaned close to Jesus at the meal and had asked, ‘Lord, who is going to betray You?’  When Peter saw him, he asked Jesus, “What about this man?”

Jesus answered Peter, “If I want him to remain alive until I come, what is that to you?  Follow me!”

So a report sread among the followers of Jesus that this disciple would not die.  But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he said, ‘If I want him to live until I come, what is that to you?’

He is the disciple who spoke of these things, the one who also wrote them down, and we know that what he said is true.

 

For 40 days after His death, Jesus appeared to the disciples in ways that proved beyond doubt that he was alive.  They saw Him, and He talked with them about the Kingdom of God.

At last, He led them out of Jerusalem to Bethany, where He ordered them, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift I told you about; the Gift my Father promised.  John baptised with water, but in a few days you will be Baptised with the Holy Spirit.”

The disciples asked Him, “Will You at this time give the Kingdom back to Israel?”

Jesus said, “The times and the occasions are set by my Father’s own authority, and it is not for you to know when they will be.

But, when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will be filled with Power, and you will be witnesses for me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

“I have been given all authority in Heaven and in earth. Go throughout the world and make people my disciples; Baptise them in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. 

Whoever believes and is Baptised will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned.  Believers will be given the Power to perform miracles; they will drive out demons in my Name; they will speak in strange tongues; if they pick up snakes or drink poison, they will not be harmed; they will place their hands on sick people, who will get well.

“And I will be with you always, to the end of the Age.”

After saying this He lifted up His arms and Blessed them.

As He was Blessing them, He was taken up to Heaven, while they were watching Him, and a cloud hid Him from their sight.

They still had their eyes fixed on the sky as He went away, when two men dressed in white suddenly stood beside them and said,

“Galileans, why are you standing there, looking up at the sky?

“This Jesus, who was taken from you into Heaven, will come back in the same way that you saw Him go to Heaven.”

Then the disciples went back to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, filled with great Joy, and spent all their time in the Temple, giving thanks to God, and waiting, as Jesus had ordered, for the Gift of the Holy Spirit.