Verse 1 – Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.
While it was still dark, and a Sunday, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome, and other Galilean women, came to anoint Jesus body with expensive spices.
Verse 2 – But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.
Verse 3 – Then they went in and did not find the body of Jesus.
Verse 4 – And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments.
Verse 5 – Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?
That sounds like an appropriate question for two angels to ask. After all, had Jesus not told them several times that He would rise on the third day? I imagine angels are the ones that are perplexed when we don’t believe until we see.
Verse 6 – “He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee,
Verse 7 – “saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ ”
How would these angels know what Jesus had said, unless they had been watching and listening from heaven? How do we know that all of heaven doesn’t hear what we say, all the time? We don’t. But from this verse, it tells me certain angels are allowed to watch and listen to what takes place on earth, in order to assist and bring messages from God All Mighty. Shouldn’t we then, be more cautious of what we utter?
Verse 8 – And they remembered His words.
How easy it is to forget what God’s word says when we’re scared or in a panic, like these women did. God’s word is always true.
Verse 9 – Then they returned form the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.
Verse 10 – It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles.
Verse 11 – And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them.
Verse 12 – But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed marveling to himself at what had happened.
In that day, women were not considered to be credible witnesses. The disciples thought what they told them was nonsense. However, Peter was curious enough to run off to the tomb and see for himself. I’m sure it baffled Peter even more to see Jesus clothes that He was taken to the tomb in, still there. If someone was going to steal a buried body, would not the clothes be gone also? (John 20:3, 4, we learn another disciple went with Peter to the tomb, probably John.)
Verse 13 – Now behold, two of them (two of the disciples) were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem.
Verse 14 – And they talked together of all these things which had happened.
Verse 15 – So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them.
Verse 16 – But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.
Sometimes, we are likely to miss Jesus and withdraw from the strength of other believers when we become preoccupied with our dashed hopes and disappointments. Only when we keep our focus on Him will we see Him in our midst!
Verse 17 – And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”
Verse 18 – Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?”
Verse 19 – And He said to them, “What things?” and they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, 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 to be condemned to death, and crucified Him.
Verse 21 – “But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened.
Verse 22 – “Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us.
Verse 23 – “When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive.
Verse 24 – “And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.’
Verse 25 – Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!
Verse 26 – “Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?”
Jesus had heard enough. Even though these disciples knew the Biblical prophecies, they failed to understand that Christ’s suffering was His path to glory.
Verse 27 – And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the thins concerning Himself.
Jesus reintroduced the Old Testament prophecies to these disciples, concerning Himself. Christ is the thread woven throughout all Scripture. He is the central theme that binds them together.
Verse 28 – Then they drew near the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther.
Verse 29 – But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them.
Verse 30 – Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.
Verse 31 – Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.
Verse 32 – And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?”
Verse 33 – So they arose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together,
These two could not wait for daylight to travel back to Jerusalem, and tell the others, it was too important and exciting. Please, don’t ever lose your zeal in telling others about our Savior.
Verse 34 – saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!”
When Cleopas and the other disciple walked into the room where the eleven sat, someone (from the eleven) shouted that Peter had seen the Lord! Paul also mentions Jesus appeared to Peter alone (1 Corinthians 15:5). Cephas was another name for Peter.
Verse 35 – And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.
Verse 36 – Now as thy said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.”
Verse 37 – But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit.
Their fright was understandable, because Jesus suddenly appeared in their midst in a locked room.
Verse 38 – And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts?
Verse 39 – “Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”
Verse 40 – When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet.
Verse 41 – But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?”
Verse 42 – So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb.
Verse 43 – And He took it and ate in their presence.
Jesus body was not merely a restored body, like Lazarus’. He was able to appear and disappear. Jesus’ resurrected body was immortal. This is the kind of body all believers will be given at the resurrection of the dead (1 Corinthians 15:42-50).
Verse 44 – Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.”
Verse 45 – And He opened their understanding that they might comprehend the Scriptures.
In the Book of Acts, Luke makes it clear that Jesus spent 40 days with His disciples between His resurrection and ascension.
Verse 46 – Then 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,
Verse 47 – “and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
Verse 48 – “And you are witness of these things.
Verse 49 – “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”
They were to stay in Jerusalem and wait. It ended up being only 10 days and then the Holy Spirit would come on them all to endue them with might, power, knowledge, understanding, love, and sound mind, and the boldness they needed to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
Verse 50 – And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them.
Verse 51 – Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He parted from them and was carried up into heaven.
Verse 52 – And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,
Verse 53 – and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen.
But it doesn’t end there. Luke continues what happens next int he Book of Acts! I hope by reading Luke, it has inspired you to ether renew your faith, or encouraged you to keep going. All four Gospels help us to know Jesus more and more, which should inspire us to be more like Him!