The Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus
Luke 24
The resurrection is one thing that is stressed in each of the four gospels. Each one of the Evangelists takes the time to confirm that the Lord Jesus bodily rose from the dead. We need to tenaciously hold on to the truth of the resurrection. it sets apart Christianity from all the other religions of the world. other religions have relics, such as muhammad’s tomb in Medina or Buddha’s cremation relics. but the christian has a tomb as well, but it is an empty tomb. they have a dead leader, we have a risen savior, and one who is glorified and seated at the right hand of God. the resurrection of Christ is really the hinge pin of Christianity (see I cor. 15)… without it, we have nothing. The truth of the resurrection brings out animosity from the heart of man (Acts 17:18-30). in virtue of the immortality of the soul man may exalt himself… he may say “i will live forever.” but to think of dust raised again into a living and glorious being… this is a glory which he knows belongs only to God, and nothing is hid from His power! For man to acknowledge this power is to acknowledge God’s existence and man’s responsibility… and he cannot bear it.

The Empty Tomb (24:1-12) 

1 But on the morrow of the sabbath, very early indeed in the morning, they came to the tomb, bringing the aromatic spices which they had prepared. v.1 the first day of the week is unique to christianity, and is later referred to as “the Lord’s day” (rev.1). It is not the christian’s sabbath because the sabbath was never given to gentiles. We find in acts 20 that believers met together on the first day of the week to remember the Lord in the breaking of bread.
2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. v.2 why was the stone rolled away? it wasn’t so that Jesus could come out, because his glorified body was not subject to physical hinderances (John 20:19)… rather it was so that we would see that he had risen!
3 And when they had entered they found not the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 And it came to pass as they were in perplexity about it, that behold, two men suddenly stood by them in shining raiment. 5 And as they were filled with fear and bowed their faces to the ground, they said to them, Why seek ye the living one among the dead? 6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spoke to you, being yet in Galilee, vv.5-6 often we are found looking for satisfaction among dead things… seeking the living among the dead. The object of our faith is risen, “he is not here”. We need get our minds on things above the graveyard of this world if we want to have our hearts satisfied. god wants to take us to his world.
7 saying, The Son of man must be delivered up into the hands of sinners, and be crucified, and rise the third day. 8 And they remembered his words; 9 and, returning from the sepulchre, related all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary of Magdala, and Johanna, and Mary the mother of James, and the others with them, who told these things to the apostles. v.10 mary of bethany denotes to us intelligence in divine things, while Mary of Magdala denotes devotion to an affection for Christ. God wants both from us. mAry of bethany wasn’t at the tomb because she was intelligent about Christ’s resurrection.
11 And their words appeared in their eyes as an idle tale, and they disbelieved them. v.11 it is a sad thing when the revelation of what God has done in christ does not have an effect on our heart.
12 But Peter, rising up, ran to the sepulchre, and stooping down he sees the linen clothes lying there alone, and went away home, wondering at what had happened. 

The Two on the Road to Emmaus (24:13-35)

Their Unbelief. we might wonder why it was so hard for the disciples to believe that jesus was actually risen from the dead. we need to remember that nothing like this had ever happened before (a person rising from the dead by his/her own power), and also they did not yet have the spirit of god indwelling them.
Discouragement comes when we are disappointed, when something that we had hoped for doesn’t happen. but a truly humble believer is never discouraged. THE LORD HERE PERFECTLY DEMONSTRATES THE GIFT OF A PASTOR. 
13 And behold, two of them were going on the same day to a village distant sixty stadia from Jerusalem, called Emmaus; v.13 As these two were walking away from the place where the Spirit had gathered others, the Lord was with them individually. But it is a much different thing when they get back to Jerusalem and find the eleven – He is with them again – but this time “in the midst”.
14 and they conversed with one another about all these things which had taken place. 15 And it came to pass as they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus himself drawing nigh, went with them; 16 but their eyes were holden so as not to know him. v.16 the Lord could have revealed himself to them immediately, but he choses to reveal himself to them through the scriptures, because the scriptures are what they would have when the Lord was ascended.
17 And he said to them, What discourses are these which pass between you as ye walk, and are downcast? vv.17-24 notice that the lord limits his participation to questions intended to draw out the hearts of these two disciples. his listens for a long time, only stopping them to as “what things: in v.19. pastors need to follow this example… listening closely to the needs of the sheep.
18 And one of them, named Cleopas, answering said to him, Thou sojournest alone in Jerusalem, and dost not know what has taken place in it in these days? 19 And he said to them, What things? And they said to him, The things concerning Jesus the Nazaraean, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people; 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him up to the judgment of death and crucified him. 21 But “we” had hoped that “he” was the one who is about to redeem Israel. But then, besides all these things, it is now, to-day, the third day since these things took place. 22 And withal, certain women from amongst us astonished us, having been very early at the sepulchre, 23 and, not having found his body, came, saying that they also had seen a vision of angels, who say that he is living. 24 And some of those with us went to the sepulchre, and found it so, as the women also had said, but him they saw not. 25 And “he” said to them, O senseless and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into his glory? 27 And having begun from Moses and from all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. 28 And they drew near to the village where they were going, and “he” made as though he would go farther. 29 And they constrained him, saying, Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is declining. And he entered in to stay with them. 30 And it came to pass as he was at table with them, having taken the bread, he blessed, and having broken it, gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognised him. And he disappeared from them. 32 And they said to one another, Was not our heart burning in us as he spoke to us on the way, and as he opened the scriptures to us? 33 And rising up the same hour, they returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven, and those with them, gathered together, 34 saying, The Lord is indeed risen and has appeared to Simon. 35 And they related what had happened on the way, and how he was made known to them in the breaking of bread.

The Lord Appears to the Disciples (24:36-49)

36 And as they were saying these things, he himself stood in their midst, and says to them, Peace be unto you. 37 But they, being confounded and being frightened, supposed they beheld a spirit. 38 And he said to them, Why are ye troubled? and why are thoughts rising in your hearts? 39 behold my hands and my feet, that it is “I” myself. Handle me and see, for a spirit has not flesh and bones as ye see me having. 40 And having said this he shewed them his hands and his feet. 41 But while they yet did not believe for joy, and were wondering, he said to them, Have ye anything here to eat? 42 And they gave him part of a broiled fish and of a honeycomb; 43 and he took it and ate before them. 44 And he said to them, These are the words which I spoke to you while I was yet with you, that all that is written concerning me in the law of Moses and prophets and psalms must be fulfilled. 45 Then he opened their understanding to understand the scriptures, 46 and said to them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved the Christ to suffer, and to rise from among the dead the third day; 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name to all the nations beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And “ye” are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you; but do ye remain in the city till ye be clothed with power from on high.

The Ascension of Jesus (24:50-53)

50 And he led them out as far as Bethany, and having lifted up his hands, he blessed them. 51 And it came to pass as he was blessing them, he was separated from them and was carried up into heaven. 52 And “they”, having done him homage, returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. 

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