Afterwards he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.
The men who had followed Yeshu for three years finally believed when he shared a meal with them. He was the same Yeshu with the same speech and the same hands which had been pierced with nails; he was not a ghost. He, the same Yeshu, had risen; it was a fact. It was not something that they forced themselves to believe; it was not an invented story.
Now they must pass on the good news. He promised them power to speak and protection against poisoning.
So the good news spread in Asia, and to Africa, and to Europe.
How the good news spread is told in the Book of Acts – see http://www.gsungrab.org for bible books in Tibetan.
After these things he appeared in another form to two of them as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.
As these two walked home still not believing, Yeshu met them. This stranger seemed unknown to them, until he spoke.
Then they turned round and hurried all the way back to Jerusalem. But the others too still would not believe.
Why so slow to believe such wonderful life-giving news?
Yeshu looked down on men with love from the cross. And now that he is risen he will come and walk with us. This is the truth indeed. But the more in return those disciples loved Yeshu and wanted him, the more amazing the truth was felt to be. Too wonderful; could it really be!
Dear reader what makes it difficult for you to believe? Let us know.
Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.
Despite their fear one of the three women did then run and tell the disciples. But still they did not believe. And not believing, how could they tell the world?
Why then did Yeshu choose to meet her? What to say? Was it because she, who had been set free from so much evil, loved him so much?
What about today? In these days too Yeshu will meet with those who love him.
Dear Reader You may have questions about events in the Gospel story that puzzle you. If you wish, we could post for you some of Yeshu’s long discussions that he held with puzzled people and which were recorded by John Son of Zebedee in the Gospel story that he wrote. If you want this, please let us know. What questions do you have?