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Resurrection was predicted, but followers still doubted  

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Luke 24 tells much about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. When several women disciples came to Jesus’ tomb to anoint his body on the Sunday morning after his death, they found that the stone over its entrance had been rolled away.

Entering the tomb, they did not find his body. They were disturbed by this, but two angels appeared to tell them that Jesus had risen, and that he had predicted his crucifixion and resurrection while he was still in Galilee.

The women returned to tell the apostles and others, but they rejected their report as idle tales. Peter and John, however, ran to the tomb and verified that it was empty.

They also noticed Jesus’ burial cloths placed neatly by themselves in the tomb.

The distress of the women and the disbelief of the apostles shows that Jesus’ disciples were not expecting his resurrection or planning to remove his body from the tomb. Anyone trying to steal Jesus’ body would have been in too great a rush to avoid detection by the Roman guard to leave his burial cloths behind in such an orderly way.

That afternoon two of Jesus’ disciples began walking to Emmaus, a village about seven miles from Jerusalem. As they discussed the events surrounding his death, Jesus drew near, but they were kept from recognizing him.

Jesus asked them what they were discussing and one of them, Cleopas, replied by asking Jesus if he were the only visitor in Jerusalem who did not know what had happened.

He then described Jesus as a mighty prophet who had just been put to death by the authorities, dashing hopes that he would redeem Israel. Then he mentioned the women’s report, and that of Peter and John.

Jesus then chided them for their foolishness and slowness to believe the Bible’s teaching that Christ must suffer death and then enter into his glory.

He explained to them the Bible passages about himself. Arriving at Emmaus near evening, he began to walk on, but the men persuaded him to stay and share a meal together.

As Jesus broke and blessed the bread, they realized who he was, but he then vanished. Realizing he was alive, they decided to return immediately to Jerusalem to tell the other disciples.

When they found the others gathered together, they were told that Jesus had indeed risen because he had appeared to Peter that same day.

As they recounted Jesus’ appearance to them, Jesus himself stood in their midst and declared, “Peace be unto you.”

The group was terrified, thinking that they had just seen a ghost. Jesus calmed their fears by having them see, touch, and handle his wounded hands and feet, and by eating a piece of fish before them.

He then helped them understand that the Scriptures clearly predicted his death and resurrection. He said  that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be preached among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem, and that they would be witnesses of these things.

The Bible declares that if we confess with our mouths that Jesus is God, and believe in our hearts God raised him from the dead, we will be saved (Romans 10: 9-10).

The same Jesus who died for our sins also rose from the dead.

Are you a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ?

 

Bob Lanning is pastor of Cornerstone Bible Church