THE STRANGER ON THE SHORE
Matthew xxviii: 16 to 20; Mark xvi: 14 to 20; Luke xxiv: 50 to 53; John xx: 26, to xxi: 25; Acts i: 1 to 11; I Corinthians xv: 3 to 8.
HEN Jesus showed himself to the disciples on the evening of
the day of his rising from the dead, only ten of the
disciples saw him, for Judas was no longer among them,
and Thomas the twin (which is the meaning of his other
name, Didymus) was absent. The other disciples said to
Thomas, "We have seen the Lord!"
But Thomas said, "I will not believe that he has risen
unless I can see in his hands the marks of the nails
on the cross. I must see them with my own eyes, and
put my hand into the wound in his side, before I will
A week passed away, and on the next Sunday evening the
disciples were together again, and at this time Thomas
was with them.
 The doors were shut but suddenly Jesus was seen again
standing in the middle of the room. He said, as
before, "Peace be with you."
Then he turned to Thomas, and said to him, "Thomas,
come here, and touch my hands with your finger, and put
your hand into my side; and no longer refuse to believe
that I am living, but have faith in me!" And Thomas
answered him, "My Lord and my God!"
THOMAS ANSWERED, "MY LORD AND MY GOD!"
Then Jesus said to him, "Because you have seen me, you
have believed; blessed are they that have not seen, and
yet have believed."
You remember that the angels had said to the women at
the tomb of Jesus, that his disciples should go into
there they would see the risen Lord. They went to
Galilee, and waited for some days without seeing Jesus.
Finally Peter said, "I am going fishing."
"We will go with you," said the others. There were
with Peter the two brothers, James and John, Thomas and
 and two other disciples. They went out upon the lake
in the fishing-boat, and worked all night, but found no
fish. Just as the day was breaking they saw some one
standing on the beach. It was Jesus, but they did not
know him. He called out to them, as one friend calls to
another, "Boys, have you caught anything?"
They answered him, "No."
He said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the
ship, and you will find some fish."
They may have thought that standing on the shore he
could see the signs of a shoal of fish, which they from
the boat could not see. But the quick eyes of John,
the beloved disciple, were the first to see who was
this stranger on the shore. He said to Peter, "It is
THE RISEN CHRIST ON THE SHORE SEEN BY THE DISCIPLES IN THE BOAT
When Peter heard this, he flung around him his
fishermanís coat, and leaped into the water, and swam to
the shore to meet his Lord. But the other six
disciples stayed in the boat, and rowed to the shore,
dragging after them the net full of fishes. When they
came to the land, they found burning a fire of
charcoal, and a fish broiling upon it, and a loaf of
bread beside it. They all knew now that it was the
Lord Jesus, and he said to them, "Bring some of the
fish that you have now caught."
Simon Peter waded out to where the net was lying,
filled with fish, and drew it to the shore. Afterward
they counted the fish that were in it, and found them
one hundred and fifty-three large fishes, besides small
ones. Yet the net was not broken with all these fish
in it. Jesus said to them, "Come now and breakfast."
THE NET FULL
He took the bread, and gave it to them, and gave them
fish also; and the seven disciples ate a breakfast with
their risen Lord. This was the third time that Jesus
showed himself to his disciples in a company after
rising from the tomb, the seventh of the times that he
After the breakfast, Jesus turned to Simon Peter, the
one who three times had denied that he knew Jesus, and
he said to him, "Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me?"
Peter answered him, "Yes, Lord, thou knowest that I
Jesus said to him, "Feed my lambs."
Then after a time Jesus said again, "Simon, son of
Jonas, dost thou love me?"
 Peter answered him as before, "Yes Lord; thou knowest
that I love thee."
And Jesus said to him, "Tend my sheep."
The third time Jesus said to him, "Simon, son of Jonas,
lovest thou me?"
Peter was troubled to have this question asked again
and again, and he answered, "Lord, thou knowest all
things; thou knowest that I love thee."
Then Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep."
And Jesus added, "Follow me!"
And thus Peter, after his fall, three times declared
his love to Christ, and was again called to his place
among the disciples.
After this the followers of Jesus met on a mountain in
Galilee, perhaps the same mountain where Jesus had
before given the teachings called "The Sermon on the
Mount," of which we read in Story 122. More than
five hundred people were gathered at this time; and
there Jesus showed himself to them all. He said to
"All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Go
ye therefore and preach my gospel to all the nations of
the earth, baptizing them in the name of the Father and
the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; teaching them to keep
all the commands that I have given you. And I am with
you always, even to the end of the world."
This was the eighth time that Jesus was seen after he
rose from the dead. The ninth was when he showed
himself to James, not the apostle of that name, but
another James, who was called "The Lordís Brother," and
may have been a son of Joseph, the carpenter of
Nazareth, and Mary his wife. We do not know what was
said at this meeting; but from this time James was a
strong believer in Jesus.
Once more, the tenth time, the risen Saviour showed
himself to all his eleven disciples. It may have been
in Jerusalem, for he told them not to leave the city,
but to wait until God should send down upon them his
Spirit, as he had promised. And Jesus said to them:
"When the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you shall have a
new power, and you shall speak in my name in Jerusalem,
and in Judea, and in Samaria, and in the farthest parts
of the earth."
 Jesus led his disciples out of the city and over the
Mount of Olives, near to the village of Bethany. And
he lifted up his hands in blessing upon them; and while
he was blessing them, he began to rise in the air,
higher and higher, until a cloud covered him and the
disciples saw him no more.
JESUS TALKS WITH TWO OF HIS FOLLOWERS ON THE WALK TO EMMAUS
While they were looking up toward heaven, they found
two men, like angels, with shining garments, standing
by them. These men said:
"O ye men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up into
heaven? This Jesus who has been taken up from you,
shall come again from heaven to earth, as you have seen
him go up from earth to heaven!"
Then the disciples were glad. They worshipped their
risen Lord Jesus, now gone up to heaven; and they went
again to Jerusalem. And they were constantly in the
Temple, praising and giving thanks to God.