Jesus Christ is resurrected. He walks with disciples on the road to Emmaus. He appears in Jerusalem. He commissions us to evangelize the whole world.
VERSE 1. But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they and some others came to the tomb, bringing the spices which they had prepared.
VERSE 2. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb.
VERSE 3. They entered in, and didn’t find the Lord Jesus’ body.
VERSE 4. While they were greatly perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling clothing.
two men. Who are these two “men?” Perhaps they are two angels. Or perhaps they are God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.
in dazzling clothing. They gleamed like lightning.
VERSE 5. Becoming terrified, they bowed their faces down to the earth. They said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?
they bowed their faces down to the earth. That is, they worshiped the two “men.”
If these two “men” were angels, they would have told the women to not worship them. In all biblical instances where a human worships an angel, the angel tells the human to worship God alone.
However, in this case, the “men” did not say such a thing. This suggests these two women met God the Father and God the Holy Spirit, disguised in human form.
He is … is risen. These are the greatest of words!
VERSE 7. saying that the Son of Man must be delivered up into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and the third day rise again?”
VERSE 8. They remembered his words,
VERSE 9. returned from the tomb, and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.
VERSE 10. Now they were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James. The other women with them told these things to the apostles.
John 20:18. Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had said these things to her.
VERSE 12. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb. Stooping and looking in, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he departed to his home, wondering what had happened.
Peter got up and ran to the tomb. Peter is shaken out of his lethargy. He runs to the tomb.
VERSE 14. They talked with each other about all of these things which had happened.
Jesus himself came near. He drew near and walked with them.
kept from recognizing him. They walk with Jesus Christ, but do not recognize him.
Does that happen in our day? Have we ever walked with Jesus Christ, but we were prevented from recognizing him?
VERSE 17. He said to them, “What are you talking about as you walk, and are sad?”
VERSE 18. One of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who doesn’t know the things which have happened there in these days?”
VERSE 19. He said to them, “What things?” They said to him, “The things concerning Jesus, the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people;
VERSE 20. and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him.
VERSE 21. But we were hoping that it was he who would redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened.
the third day. Did they realize the significance of “the third day?” Or were they merely stating a fact.
amazed us. The men were astounded at what the women told them.
VERSE 23. and when they didn’t find his body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive.
VERSE 24. Some of us went to the tomb, and found it just like the women had said, but they didn’t see him.”
VERSE 25. He said to them, “Foolish men, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!
Foolish men. These followers of Jesus were foolish.
slow of heart to believe. They were slow to believe the Scriptures.
What was the mission of the Lord Jesus Christ? How did he himself define it? Here are the verses we find in the four gospels »
VERSE 27. Beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, he explained to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
NLT translation: Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
in all the Scriptures. The Scriptures are all about Jesus Christ. Open a page, and there is something about him. It might not be readily apparent. But it is there.
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VERSE 28. They came near to the village where they were going, and he acted like he would go further.
VERSE 29. They urged him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is almost evening, and the day is almost over.” He went in to stay with them.
VERSE 30. When he had sat down at the table with them, he took the bread and gave thanks. Breaking it, he gave it to them.
Their eyes were opened. Are your eyes opened?
VERSE 32. They said to one another, “Weren’t our hearts burning within us, while he spoke to us along the way, and while he opened the Scriptures to us?”
Weren’t our hearts burning within us. For many people, an encounter with Jesus Christ sets their heart on fire.
while he opened the Scriptures. Their mystical experience happened while they heard the Scriptures explained.
Many people are hungry for a mystical encounter with Jesus Christ. They fast and pray. But they forget about opening the Bible and reading it.
VERSE 33. They rose up that very hour, returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and those who were with them,
risen indeed. The Greek word is ἠγέρθη (“ēgerthē”). It means “has been risen.” It is in the passive voice.
VERSE 35. They related the things that happened along the way, and how he was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread.
VERSE 36. As they said these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace be to you.”
Jesus himself stood among them. Now that he is resurrected, locked doors do not keep Jesus Christ away. He can go anywhere at-will.
This was so apparent to the disciples that they misunderstood. They thought he was a ghost, since to their understanding, only ghosts can pass through walls and suddenly appear.
That is one aspect of the “resurrection body.”
The resurrection body is the body we will have after resurrection. It is associated with our current physical body, and yet it is transformed into something altogether new.
Peace be to you. Jesus wants us to be at peace.
VERSE 37. But they were terrified and filled with fear, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.
VERSE 38. He said to them, “Why are you troubled? Why do doubts arise in your hearts?
VERSE 39. See my hands and my feet, that it is truly me. Touch me and see, for a spirit doesn’t have flesh and bones, as you see that I have.”
a spirit doesn’t have flesh and bones. Jesus is helping them become convinced that it is he.
The resurrection body is not a ghost. It has flesh and bones.
VERSE 40. When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.
VERSE 41. While they still didn’t believe for joy, and wondered, he said to them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”
VERSE 42. They gave him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb.
he took it and ate it. In his resurrection body, Jesus ate some fish.
The resurrection body is not a mere ghost or appearance. It is real. It can eat things.
Some people say Jesus Christ was a vegetarian. But here he ate fish. A vegetarian would not eat fish.
VERSE 44. He said to them, “This is what I told you, while I was still with you, that all things which are written in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms, concerning me must be fulfilled.”
he opened their minds. No matter where we are at in our ability to understand the Scriptures, there is always room for more. Wouldn’t it be great if he did this for us as well? Let’s ask him to open our minds further.
VERSE 46. He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day,
it was necessary. What was the mission of the Lord Jesus Christ? How did he himself define it? Here are the verses we find in the four gospels »
to suffer and to rise. These were prophesied in the Scriptures. And Jesus Christ fulfilled them.
the third day. This too was prophesied. And Jesus Christ fulfilled it.
VERSE 47. and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
repentance and remission of sins. This is the essence of what is to be preached.
preached in his name. Christian preaching should always rooted in Jesus Christ. It should drip with Jesus Christ. That is the saltiness of the message. It is not a generic salt-free message about feeling sorry or helping people.
to all the nations. The message must to go to every person on earth. Yet few Christians go abroad with the message of Jesus Christ.
beginning at Jerusalem. It begins where they were at. From there, it reached out to new regions. Eventually, it spread everywhere.
That’s how it works for people who are evangelism-minded. They start where they are at. Later, they try new regions. Perhaps in the future, they travel to distant places to preach Jesus Christ.
The Lord Jesus calls us to take his Gospel to the whole world. Here are the key Bible verses about this »
VERSE 49. Behold, I send out the promise of my Father on you. But wait in the city of Jerusalem until you are clothed with power from on high.”
I send out. The one who does the sending is Jesus Christ.
the promise of my Father. The promise of God the Father is the Holy Spirit.
But wait. They were not to go evangelize the world yet. Rather, they were to go back to Jerusalem. And wait.
power from on high. Once they got back to Jerusalem, this is what they were to wait for.
They did go back to Jerusalem. And they did wait. During the festival of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit arrived. They were indeed filled with power from on high.
VERSE 50. He led them out as far as Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.
VERSE 51. While he blessed them, he withdrew from them, and was carried up into heaven.
they worshipped him. Some people say Jesus Christ is not divine.
However, in this verse, people worship him. They would have worshipped God alone. They saw him as divine.
VERSE 53. and were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.
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