Fear and Doubt
Later that same day, Jesus appeared to Peter. He also appeared to Cleopas and another disciple, as they were walking home to Emmaus from Jerusalem. When the two men realised that it was Jesus, they ran all the way back to Jerusalem to tell the other disciples. As they were telling their story of how Jesus had appeared to them, Jesus himself suddenly appeared among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. Everyone in the room was startled and frightened. They thought 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 his feet.
Joy and Wonder
Still they stood there in disbelief, filled with joy and wonder. Then he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”… so they gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he ate it as they watched.
After he had eaten, he said to them, “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. 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… and the message is this: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’”
Looking around the room at all who were gathered there, he said, “You are witnesses of all these things.”