The Stranger on the Shore
Matthew xxviii: 16
Mark xvi: 14 to 20;
Luke xxiv: 50 to 53;
xx: 26, to xxi: 25;
Acts i: 1 to 11;
xv: 3 to 8.
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 believe."
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
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!"
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 Galilee, and there they would see the risen
Lord. They went to Galilee, and waited for some days
without seeing Jesus. Finally Peter said, "I am
"We will go with you," said the others. There were
with Peter the two brothers, James and John, Thomas
and Nathanael, 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 Lord!"
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
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 was seen.
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,". More than five hundred people were
gathered at this time; and there Jesus showed
himself to them all. He said to them:
"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
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
"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.
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.