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Jesus Appears to His Followers
36While the two men were saying these things, Jesus himself stood among the group
of followers. Jesus said to them, "Peace be with you." 37This surprised the followers.
They became afraid. They thought they were seeing a ghost. 38But Jesus said, "Why
are you troubled? Why do you doubt what you see? 39Look at my hands and my feet.
It's really me! Touch me. You can see that I have a living body; a ghost does not
have a body like this." 40After Jesus told them this, he showed them [the holes
in] his hands and feet. 41The followers were amazed and very, very happy to see
that Jesus was alive. They still could not believe what they saw. Jesus said to
them, "Do you have any food here?" 42They gave him a piece of cooked fish. 43While
the followers watched, Jesus took the fish and ate it. 44Jesus said to them, "Remember
when I was with you before? I said that everything written about me must happen--everything
written in the law of Moses, the books of the prophets,* and the Psalms." 45Then
Jesus helped the followers understand these Scriptures* written [about him]. 46Jesus
said to them, "It is written that the Christ* would be killed and rise from death
on the third day. 47-48You saw these things happen--you are witnesses. You must
go and tell people that their sins can be forgiven. Tell them that they must change
their hearts and be sorry for their sins. If they will do this, then God will forgive
them. You must start from Jerusalem and tell people these things in my name. This
Good News* must be told to all people in the world. 49Listen! My Father has promised
you something; I will send it to you. But you must stay in Jerusalem until you have
received that power from heaven."
Jesus Goes Back to Heaven
50Jesus led his followers out of Jerusalem almost to Bethany. Jesus raised his hands
and blessed his followers. 51While Jesus was blessing them, he was separated from
them and carried into heaven. 52The followers worshiped him there. Then they went
back to the city. They were very happy. 53They stayed at the temple* all the time,
Footnotes: prophets People that spoke for God. Some of them wrote books that are
part of the Old Testament. Scriptures Holy Writings--the Old Testament. Christ
The "anointed one" (Messiah) or chosen one of God. Good News The news that God has
made a way for people to have their sins forgiven and live with him forever. temple
The special building in Jerusalem for Jewish worship.
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."
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