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The Gospels | Episode 17

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March 28, 2016
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  • Dave Stotts: In our last episode, Jesus endured
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  • a horrifying death called crucifixion.
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  • Right before sundown, his tortured and lifeless body
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  • was removed from a Roman cross.
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  • He was taken to a nearby tomb cut into the rocks, just outside
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  • the walls of Jerusalem.
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  • Jesus was dead.
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  • His followers were scattered and afraid.
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  • For many, the hopeful story of a Savior, a Messiah, was over.
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  • Dave: In our last episode
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  • of "Drive Thru History: The Gospels"
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  • Jesus was crucified.
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  • He was stripped and flogged and nailed to a cross.
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  • He died in public humiliation and agony.
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  • Then his body was removed from the cross
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  • and taken to the tomb of a wealthy local land owner.
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  • There his body was prepared with oils and spices and linens
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  • and laid to rest.
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  • But the chief priests and Pharisees
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  • weren't done with Jesus yet.
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  • They had heard that he had amazingly predicted
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  • that he would come back to life after 3 days.
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  • And so, to keep his disciples from trying to pull a fast one
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  • and steal the body, the religious leaders arranged
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  • to post guards outside of the tomb.
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  • The body of Jesus of Nazareth was inside the tomb.
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  • A huge stone covered the entrance,
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  • and guards stood watch outside.
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  • The story of Jesus of Nazareth had seemingly come to an end.
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  • "When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene,
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  • Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices
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  • so that they might go and anoint him.
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  • And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had
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  • risen, they went to the tomb.
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  • And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away
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  • the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?"
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  • And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back.
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  • It was very large.
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  • And entering the tomb, they saw a young man
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  • sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe,
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  • and they were alarmed.
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  • And he said to them, 'Do not be alarmed.
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  • You seek Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified.
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  • He has risen. He is not here.
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  • See the place where they laid him.
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  • But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going
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  • before you to Galilee.
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  • There, you will see him just as he told you.'
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  • And they went out and fled from the tomb,
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  • for trembling and astonishment had seized them.
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  • And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid."
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  • Mark 16:1 through 8.
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  • Dave: All four gospels describe the scene
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  • at the empty tomb.
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  • Now, there are some variations of names and perspectives, but
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  • generally women followers came to the tomb to anoint the body.
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  • The huge stone had been rolled to the side,
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  • and Jesus wasn't there.
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  • Now, each account focuses on different details,
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  • but they all complement one another.
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  • In one report, there is one angel that is mentioned.
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  • In another report, there are two angels that are mentioned.
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  • In one account, there's even an earthquake.
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  • In the end, the women are afraid, and they run
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  • from the tomb to find the apostles.
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  • "So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear
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  • and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.
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  • And behold, Jesus met them and said, 'Greetings,' and they
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  • came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him.
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  • Then Jesus said to them, 'Do not be afraid.
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  • Go, and tell my brothers to go to Galilee,
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  • and there they will see me.'"
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  • Matthew 28:8 through 10.
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  • "Now, it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of
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  • James and the other women with them who told
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  • these things to the apostles.
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  • But these words seemed to them an idle tale,
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  • and they did not believe them.
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  • But Peter rose and ran to the tomb.
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  • Stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves,
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  • and he went home, marveling at what happened."
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  • Luke 24:10 though 12.
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  • Dave: The Gospel of Luke mentions Peter as the first to
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  • arrive at the empty tomb.
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  • In the Gospel of John, Peter and John run to the tomb together
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  • to see for themselves.
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  • In the end, the apostles confirmed that the tomb
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  • was in fact empty.
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  • The body of Jesus was gone.
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  • Dave: There's not much disputes, even among skeptical
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  • scholars, regarding the historical evidence
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  • surrounding this story.
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  • Jesus of Nazareth was publicly executed in the first century AD
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  • in Judea, under Pontius Pilate, by means of crucifixion,
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  • at the behest of the Jewish Sanhedrin.
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  • Now, then his body was laid into a tomb,
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  • the tomb was sealed and guarded.
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  • And 3 days later, the tomb was empty.
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  • Now, the sum of these specific aspects of the story have been
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  • corroborated in non-Biblical, historical sources from
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  • Josephus, Tacitus, and Lucian, and possibly
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  • even the Jewish Mishnah.
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  • But here's where the controversy starts.
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  • Where was the body of Jesus?
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  • Let's see what happened next.
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  • "Some of the guard went into the city, and told the chief priests
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  • all that had taken place.
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  • And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel,
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  • they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers, and said,
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  • 'Tell people, "His disciples came by night and stole him away
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  • while we were asleep."
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  • And if this comes to the governor's ears,
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  • we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.'
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  • So, they took the money and did as they were directed.
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  • And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day."
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  • Matthew 28:11 through 15.
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  • Dave: Even though Twitter wasn't around in first century
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  • Jerusalem, I imagine that Jesus, by this time, was trending.
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  • There probably weren't that many people who hadn't heard the buzz
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  • about him, and who weren't curious as to what on earth
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  • was going on.
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  • It was at this point, after many people had witnessed Jesus being
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  • put to death, that the gospels tell us that he began showing up
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  • in different places very much alive.
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  • How was this possible?
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  • Dave: After he met the women outside of his tomb, Jesus began
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  • to appear to many more people.
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  • The next recorded appearance happened about 7 miles from
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  • Jerusalem, on a remote Roman road that led to a small village
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  • called Emmaus.
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  • Here's how Luke records the story.
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  • "That very day, two of the disciples were going to a
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  • village named Emmaus, about 7 miles from Jerusalem, and they
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  • were talking with each other about these things
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  • that had happened.
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  • While they were talking and discussing together,
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  • Jesus himself drew near and went with them.
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  • But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.
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  • And he said to them, 'What is this conversation you are
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  • holding with each other as you walk?'
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  • And they stood still, looking sad.
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  • Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, 'Are you the
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  • only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that
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  • have happened there in these days?'
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  • And he said to them, 'What things?'
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  • And they said to him, 'Concerning Jesus of Nazareth,
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  • a man who was a prophet, mighty in deed and word before God
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  • and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers
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  • delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him.
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  • We had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel.
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  • Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these
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  • things have happened.
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  • Moreover, some women of our company amazed us.
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  • They were at the tomb early in the morning, and when they did
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  • not find his body, they came back saying that they had even
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  • seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive.
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  • Some of those who were with us went to the tomb,
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  • and found it just as the women had said.
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  • But him they did not see.'
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  • And he said to them, 'O foolish ones
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  • and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!
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  • Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer
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  • these things, and enter into his glory?'
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  • And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted
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  • to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself."
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  • Luke 24:13 through 27.
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  • Dave: These two sad, confused disciples had hit the jackpot.
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  • This guy they met on the road had all the answers
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  • they were looking for.
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  • But what happened next was most likely
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  • the most exciting moment of their lives.
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  • As Jesus and the two disciples drew near to the village of
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  • Emmaus, Jesus acted as if he was traveling further down the road.
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  • But the two men urged Jesus to stay with them.
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  • Luke says this.
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  • "'Stay with us, for it is toward the evening,
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  • and the day is now far spent.'
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  • So he went in to stay with them.
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  • When he was at a table with them, he took the bread,
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  • and blessed and broke it and gave it to them.
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  • And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him.
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  • And he vanished from their sight.
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  • They said to each other, 'Did not our hearts burn within us
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  • while he talked to us on the road,
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  • while he opened to us the Scriptures?'
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  • And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem."
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  • It was getting late in the evening.
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  • And these two disciples, whose lost hope had been returned to
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  • them by Jesus himself, wasted no time in returning
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  • to Jerusalem to tell the others.
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  • "And they found the 11 and those who were with them gathered
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  • together, saying, 'The Lord has risen indeed,
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  • and has appeared to Simon.'
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  • Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was
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  • known to them in the breaking of the bread.
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  • As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood
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  • among them, and said to them, 'Peace to you.'
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  • But they were startled and frightened,
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  • and thought they saw a spirit.
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  • And he said to them, 'Why are you troubled?
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  • And why do doubts arise in your hearts?
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  • See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.
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  • Touch me, and see.
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  • For a spirit does not have flesh and bones
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  • as you see that I have.'
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  • And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet.
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  • And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling,
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  • he said to them, 'Have you anything here to eat?'
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  • And they gave him a piece of broiled fish,
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  • and he took it and ate before them.
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  • Then he said to them, 'These are my words that I spoke to you
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  • while I was still with you, that everything written about me
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  • in the law of Moses and the prophets
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  • and the psalms must be fulfilled.'
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  • Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,
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  • and he said to them, 'Thus it is written, that the Christ should
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  • suffer, and on the third day rise from the dead, and that
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  • repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed
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  • in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.'
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  • You are witnesses of these things."
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  • Luke 24:29 through 48.
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  • Dave: Not only did Jesus appear to Cleopas and his
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  • companion on the road to Emmaus, he appeared to many more people
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  • over the next 40 days.
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  • According to the gospel accounts, Jesus appeared
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  • to Mary Magdalene and other women.
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  • He appeared to a group of 11 apostles and others.
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  • He appeared to a group of ten apostles and others,
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  • excluding Thomas.
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  • He then appeared to a group of all the apostles,
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  • including Thomas.
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  • Then a couple more groups of followers, including a meal on
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  • the Sea of Galilee, and a final meeting on the Mount of Olives.
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  • According to the Apostle Paul, Jesus even appeared to a group
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  • of over 500 people at one time, encouraging anyone to interview
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  • those people about the truth of their experience.
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  • "For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also
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  • received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the
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  • Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third
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  • day in accordance with the Scriptures,
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  • and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the 12.
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  • Then he appeared to more than 500 brothers at one time, most
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  • of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.
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  • Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.
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  • Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me,"
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  • 1 Corinthians 15:3 through 8.
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  • Ever heard someone say, "Don't be a doubting Thomas"?
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  • Well, this next story, very near the end of John's gospel, is
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  • where that phrase came from.
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  • "Now Thomas, one of the 12, called the twin, was not with
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  • them when Jesus came.
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  • So the other disciples told him, 'We have seen the Lord.'
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  • But he said to them, 'Unless I see his hands
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  • and the mark of the nails,
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  • and place my finger into the mark of the nails
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  • and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.'
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  • Eight days later, his disciples were inside again,
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  • and Thomas was with them.
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  • Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood
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  • among them and said, 'Peace be with you.'
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  • Then he said to Thomas, 'Put your finger here, and see my
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  • hands, and put out your hand and place it in my side.
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  • Do not disbelieve, but believe.'
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  • Thomas answered him, 'My Lord and my God!' Jesus said to him,
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  • 'Have you believed because you have seen?
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  • Blessed are those who have not seen, and yet have believed.'"
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  • John 20:24 through 29.
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  • Dave: On the night Jesus was arrested, Jesus said to his
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  • disciples, "After I have risen, I will go ahead of you into
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  • Galilee," Mark 14:28.
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  • Perhaps in all the chaos, the disciples forgot what Jesus said
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  • because they were all still in Jerusalem.
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  • Matthew 28:7 reads, "Later, on the day of Jesus' resurrection,
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  • the angel told the women who had come to visit the empty tomb,
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  • 'Go quickly, and tell his disciples that he
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  • has risen from the dead.
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  • And behold, he is going before you to Galilee.'"
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  • And in verse 10, "Then Jesus himself appeared to the women,
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  • and said, 'Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee,
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  • and there they will see me.'"
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  • Obviously, returning to Galilee
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  • was of utmost importance to Jesus.
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  • He wanted to meet his disciples here one last time for a reason.
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  • "Now, the 11 disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to
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  • which Jesus had directed them.
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  • And when they saw him, they worshiped him, but some doubted.
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  • And Jesus came and said to them, 'All authority in heaven and
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  • on earth has been given to me.
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  • Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them
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  • in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
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  • teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
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  • And behold, I am with you always,
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  • to the end of the age,'"
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  • Matthew 28:16 through 20.
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  • Dave: This encounter with the apostles is often referred to
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  • as the great commission.
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  • Jesus used this opportunity to give his apostles a final
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  • charge, a final mission.
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  • Now that they knew the truth about Jesus, they were
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  • commissioned to go throughout the world, telling others.
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  • Jesus was commanding his disciples to spend the rest
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  • of their lives making new disciples.
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  • It is the belief in the importance of the great
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  • commission that guides and empowers Christians to this day.
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  • Dave: It was over 3 years since Jesus called some
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  • fishermen to be his first disciples here
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  • on the Sea of Galilee.
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  • And now, a group of these men returned to these same shores.
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  • Among them were Simon Peter, Thomas, Nathaniel,
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  • the sons of Zebedee, James and John.
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  • After all these men had witnessed in the life of Jesus,
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  • and after all they had experienced with his death
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  • and resurrection, they did the obvious thing that guys do.
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  • They broke out the fishing gear.
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  • "Simon Peter said to them, 'I am going fishing.'
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  • They said to him, 'We will go with you.'
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  • They went out, got into the boat, but that night,
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  • they caught nothing.
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  • Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore,
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  • yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.
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  • Jesus said to them, 'Children, do you have any fish?'
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  • They answered him, 'No.'
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  • He said to them, 'Cast the net on the right side of the boat,
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  • and you will find some.'
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  • So, they cast it in, and now they were not able
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  • to haul it in because of the quantity of fish.'"
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  • John 21:3 through 6.
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  • Dave: The account goes on to tell us that John cried,
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  • "It's the Lord!"
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  • Peter's response was to jump out of the boat and swim
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  • to the shore to meet Jesus.
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  • The other disciples followed behind in the boat,
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  • dragging a net full of fish.
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  • When they got to the shore, Jesus had a wood fire
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  • ready for the fish, and was even baking bread.
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  • I just love this scene, men bound
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  • by pure brotherhood, pure friendship.
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  • Now, you might have even picked up on something else here.
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  • This final scene in the Gospel of John takes us back to
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  • the beginning of Jesus' ministry in this area.
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  • Recall some of the first words Jesus spoke to Simon Peter.
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  • "'Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.'
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  • And Simon answered, 'Master, we toiled all night and took
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  • nothing, but at your word, I will let down the nets.'
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  • And when he had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish,
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  • and their nets were breaking.
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  • They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and
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  • help them, and they came and filled both the boats, so that
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  • they began to sink.
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  • But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees,
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  • saying, 'Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!'
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  • For he, and all who were with him were astonished
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  • at the catch of fish that they had taken,
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  • and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee,
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  • who were partners with Simon.
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  • And Jesus said to Simon, 'Do not be afraid.
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  • From now on, you will be catching men.'
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  • And when they had brought their boats to land, they left
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  • everything and followed him."
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  • Luke 5:4 through 11.
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  • Dave: So, it appears that this is why Jesus wanted his
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  • disciples to return here to the Sea of Galilee.
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  • This is where everything tied together.
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  • And then, after breakfast, Jesus looked at Simon Peter and said
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  • this, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?"
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  • He said to him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you."
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  • He said to him, "Feed my lambs."
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  • And he said to him a second time, "Simon, son of John,
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  • do you love me?"
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  • He said to him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you."
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  • He said to him, "Tend my sheep."
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  • And he said to him a third time, "Simon son of John,
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  • do you love me?"
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  • And Peter was grieved because he said to him a third time,
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  • "Do you love me?"
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  • And he said, "Lord, you know everything.
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  • You know that I love you."
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  • And he said to him, "Feed my sheep."
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  • And then, just as a few years earlier,
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  • Jesus ended by saying, "Follow me."
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  • What a remarkable exchange.
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  • Jesus questioned Peter's love for him three times.
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  • And each time, Peter responded, "Yes, I love you."
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  • And each time, Jesus, the good shepherd, followed Peter's
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  • response with the command, "Feed my sheep."
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  • It appears that if Peter truly loved Jesus, his Lord,
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  • his Messiah, that he was to give up everything to care
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  • for those who would later be the followers of Jesus.
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  • I don't think it was lost on Peter that Jesus asked him
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  • "Do you love me?" three times,
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  • just as Peter had denied Jesus three times.
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  • It's likely that Jesus did this by design.
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  • It allowed Peter to redeem the past, while emphasizing
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  • the importance of Peter's role going forward.
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  • Dave: Forty days after the empty tomb,
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  • Jesus and his disciples came back here
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  • to the Mount of Olives, just outside
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  • the city of Jerusalem.
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  • It was time for Jesus to leave.
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  • The Gospel of Luke ends this way.
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  • "Then he led them out as far as Bethany,
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  • and lifting up his hands, blessed them.
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  • While he blessed them, he parted from them,
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  • and was carried up into heaven.
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  • And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great
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  • joy, and were continually in the temple, blessing God."
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  • Luke 24:50 through 53.
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  • So, somewhat suddenly, the gospels come to an end.
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  • Jesus of Nazareth had come into the world in miraculous fashion,
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  • and he had ended his ministry on earth in similar style.
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  • What an amazing story.
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  • The Gospel of John ends like this.
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  • "Now there were also many other things that Jesus did.
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  • Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that
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  • the world itself could not contain the books
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  • that would be written."
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  • John 21:25.
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  • I feel like John shared my sentiments.
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  • I can't believe it's over.
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  • I feel like I need more.
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  • Well, we know from 2.000 years of history that the story
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  • of Jesus is far from over.
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  • So, I'm going to add one more episode, an epilogue of sorts,
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  • to do my best to summarize what happened next.
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