In the final chapter of St Luke’s gospel, two angels announce that Christ has
risen from the tomb. Later, Christ himself appears to his disciples. As Blake shows here, they are terrified, thinking that they are seeing a ghost.
Christ tries to reassure them by holding out his hands to show the wounds he received at the crucifixion, and saying ‘Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.’