Jesus knew what was going to happen and He went to them and said, Who are you looking for? They said, Jesus of Nazareth. When Jesus told them, I AM Him, His words had so much power that the men all fell backwards to the ground. Jesus told them, I am the one you want. Let these other people with me go away home. Then Peter took out a sword and tried to split one of the men’s head down the middle but missed and cut off the man’s ear.
The Roman leader asked Jesus, Are you the king of the Jews? Jesus said to him, Did someone tell you that I am, or do you think it yourself? The leader told Jesus, I’m not one of you Jews, What bad thing did you do? Jesus told the man, My kingdom is not from this world. If it was, My followers would fight. The man asked Jesus, So you are a king then? Jesus told him, You say I am a king. That’s the reason I was born into this world, to show the truth. The ones who are of the truth hear My words. The man asked Jesus, What is truth?
The leader let go the robber and took Jesus and had the soldiers whip Him. They put a purple kings robe on Jesus and a crown made from long sharp thorns and made fun of Him by bowing down like He was the king. Then they slapped Him with their hands. When Jesus was all beat up, the Roman leader took Jesus out to the people again and said, I find no bad thing in this man. The people yelled loud, Crucify Him, Kill Him! The leader said, You take Him and do it. I don’t find any bad thing in Him.
The leaders of the Jews said, We have a law that says He needs to die because he said, I am the Son of God. When Pilate heard this he was more scared. He asked Jesus, Where are you from? But Jesus didn’t say anything back. Pilate said, Don’t You know that I have the power to kill you? Jesus said, You could have no power at all if it isn’t given to you from heaven. The ones who gave Me to you are doing something more bad than you.
That same day when the day the sun was gone down the followers were together shut into a room with the doors closed and Jesus just appeared there with them without coming in the door. He said, Peace, quiet stillness to you. Jesus showed them His hands and feet and the sword-mark in His side. They were so happy.
But a follower whose name was Thomas wasn’t there when Jesus came and when they told him he said, I won’t believe until I see the nail-marks and sword-mark. So after 8 more days the followers were together again and Thomas was with them and Jesus came into the room without coming through the door and He said to Thomas, come here and touch My nail-marks and put your hand in My side where the sword was and don’t be thinking it didn’t happen, know that I am back from being dead.
After these things happened Jesus showed Himself again to the followers at the sea. Peter and the others had gone out fishing and fished all night but didn’t catch any fish. When the morning came, Jesus stood on the sand and said, Do you have any fish? They said, No. So Jesus said, Throw the net out on the right side of the ship and you will find some.