Archive for July 27th, 2017

Luke 24

Luke 24 begins on the morning of the third day after Jesus was crucified.  Some women went to the tomb to finish his burial preparation, and when they arrived “they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus”.  It was exactly as Jesus had told them – that on the third day He would rise.  The women were surprised, but two angels tell them “He is not here, but has risen”.  They ran back to tell the disciples what they had seen but “these words seemed to them an idle tale, and  they did not believe them”.  It didn’t seem possible but “Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened”.  He saw it with his very own eyes.

Two of them were going to a village named Emmaus and “While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them”.  These two guys were just walking along the road and Jesus comes alongside and joins the conversation, asking questions about what had happened in Jerusalem and getting the story through the eyes of two that were followers.  He walks with them until evening and they ask him to stay since it was late, but still had no idea of who He was.  Jesus was letting this discovery come slowly.

While they were eating and “he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight”.  Jesus reveals Himself, but then is gone. This was big news so “they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem”.  They brought the message to the eleven that Jesus was indeed risen and what the women and Peter had said was absolutely true.

The disciples were gathered together and Jesus shows up in the room with them.  At first they were overwhelmed, but He calmed them and showed His hands and feet.  He also ate a fish, which pretty well sealed the deal that He wasn’t some ghost or spirit but had indeed returned in human form.  Jesus reminded them that what had happened was the result of prophecy and had to occur.  And now, things were going to change as He was going to join the Father and the torch was being passed to them to be witnesses.  “While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven”.  Jesus had fulfilled prophecy and was on to His heavenly place leaving His disciples to carry the message!

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