As they came near the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther;
but they held him back, saying, "Stay with us; the day is almost over and it is getting dark." So he went in to stay with them.
He sat down to eat with them, took the bread, and said the blessing; then he broke the bread and gave it to them.
Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he disappeared from their sight.
They said to each other, "Wasn't it like a fire burning in us when he talked to us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?"
They got up at once and went back to Jerusalem, where they found the eleven disciples gathered together with the others
and saying, "The Lord is risen indeed! He has appeared to Simon!"
The two then explained to them what had happened on the road, and how they had recognized the Lord when he broke the bread.
While the two were telling them this, suddenly the Lord himself stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you."
They were terrified, thinking that they were seeing a ghost.
But he said to them, "Why are you alarmed? Why are these doubts coming up in your minds?
Look at my hands and my feet, and see that it is I myself. Feel me, and you will know, for a ghost doesn't have flesh and bones, as you can see I have."
He said this and showed them his hands and his feet.
They still could not believe, they were so full of joy and wonder; so he asked them, "Do you have anything here to eat?"
They gave him a piece of cooked fish,
which he took and ate in their presence.
Then he said to them, "These are the very things I told you about while I was still with you: everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the writings of the prophets, and the Psalms had to come true."
Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,
and said to them, "This is what is written: the Messiah must suffer and must rise from death three days later,
and in his name the message about repentance and the forgiveness of sins must be preached to all nations, beginning in Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things.
And I myself will send upon you what my Father has promised. But you must wait in the city until the power from above comes down upon you." 1
Then he led them out of the city as far as Bethany, where he raised his hands and blessed them. 2
As he was blessing them, he departed from them and was taken up into heaven. 3
They worshiped him and went back into Jerusalem, filled with great joy,
and spent all their time in the Temple giving thanks to God.