36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds?39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.
44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”
45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
- What does verse 45 say?
- What does it mean to “open up your mind?”
- Why do we have to open up our mind in order to believe in Jesus?
- Do people usually associate Christians with people who have open minds? Explain.
- How much of your mind have you opened up to Jesus?
- How has this set you free?
- What have you been set free from?
- After loving others enough to die on the cross, do you think Jesus discovered joy when He returned to them and met with them again?
- Do you think the example of love Jesus showed let to the tight-knit caring and love for each other that we see in the early church?
- If we aren’t loving people the same way, are we robbing ourselves of the joy God wants for us?