Luke 24- Chapter Text - New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Resurrection

24 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing; and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.”And they remembered His words, and returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now they were Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James; also the other women with them were telling these things to the apostles.11 But these words appeared to them as nonsense, and they would not believe them. 12 But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen wrappings only; and he went away to his home, marveling at what had happened.

The Road to Emmaus

13 And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 And they were talking with each other about all these things which had taken place. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself approached and began traveling with them. 16 But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him. 17 And He said to them, “What are these words that you are exchanging with one another as you are walking?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, answered and said to Him, “Are You the only one visiting Jerusalem and unaware of the things which have happened here in these days?” 19 And He said to them, “What things?” And they said to Him, “The things about Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word in the sight of God and all the people, 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to the sentence of death, and crucified Him. 21 But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened. 22 But also some women among us amazed us. When they were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and did not find His body, they came, saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said that He was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just exactly as the women also had said; but Him they did not see.” 25 And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.

28 And they approached the village where they were going, and He acted as though He were going farther. 29 But they urged Him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is getting toward evening, and the day is now nearly over.” So He went in to stay with them. 30 When He had reclined at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed it, and breaking it, He began giving it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight. 32 They said to one another, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?” 33 And they got up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found gathered together the eleven and those who were with them, 34 saying, “The Lord has really risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 They began to relate their experiences on the road and how He was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread.

Other Appearances

36 While they were telling these things, He Himself stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be to you.” 37 But they were startled and frightened and thought that they were seeing a spirit. 38 And He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?39 See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40 And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. 41 While they still could not believe it because of their joy and amazement, He said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42 They gave Him a piece of a broiled fish; 43 and He took it and ate it before them.

44 Now He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

The Ascension

50 And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. 51 While He was blessing them, He parted from them and was carried up into heaven. 52 And they, after worshiping Him, returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and were continually in the temple praising God.

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Chapter 24 begins with the resurrection of Jesus! Our Savior suffered for our sins, died for our sins and then rose from the dead to give us the hope of living with Him in eternity. Luke’s account begins with the women that had come with Jesus out of Galilee going to the tomb with the spices they had prepared. When they got to the tomb, they found that the large stone that sealed it off was rolled away and Jesus was not inside.

When the women entered the tomb, they saw two men in dazzling clothing that said, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen.” What an amazing thing to hear! I wonder what types of questions went through the women’s minds? “Who are these two men?” “Are they angels?” “Where is Jesus and where do we go from here?” These are just some of the questions that I think I might have had in that situation. They remembered how Jesus spoke to them in Galilee. He told them that, “The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.”

Luke says beginning in verse 8, “And they remembered His words, and returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.” Luke says that the apostles would not believe the words that they were hearing. That is very surprising to me. With all they had seen and heard while with Jesus, and with everything that Jesus foretold them in preparation for these events, it is surprising to me that they all did not readily believe Jesus had risen. Peter must have believed, at least partially. Luke says in verse 12, “But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen wrappings only; and he went away to his home, marveling at what had happened.” Of course, Peter had just gone through denying Jesus three times. I wonder if that experience somehow helped to strengthen his faith to the point where he would be the apostle that would run to see the empty tomb? God can use our failures to teach us important lessons.

Luke writes that two of the apostles went out on a seven-mile trip to a village named Emmaus. Jesus appeared to them and began traveling with them. Luke says that their eyes, “Were prevented from recognizing Him.” Why were their eyes prevented from recognizing Jesus at that time? I don’t know. I could exhaust myself trying to figure out why their eyes were prevented from recognizing Jesus. But rather than doing that, I will remind myself of Isaiah 55:8-9, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

God had a reason for preventing them from recognizing Jesus at that point in time, and that is good enough for me.

As they are walking with Jesus, they shared with Him their recollection of the past several days and all the amazing things they had witnessed. When they reach the village of Emmaus, the two apostles invited Jesus to stay with them because it was getting late. They still did not recognize Jesus. While at the table, Jesus broke the bread and blessed it. It was then that their eyes were made able to recognize Jesus. And then Luke tells us that Jesus vanished!

After being with Jesus at the table and then seeing Him vanish, the two apostles return to Jerusalem that same hour to meet with the rest of the 11 apostles and those that had gathered with them. And while they were talking, Jesus appeared again! And the apostles again reacted in a way that I would not have expected. Luke writes that they were startled and frightened. Jesus asks them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?” He shows them His hands and His feet. He has a piece of fish to eat and then reminds them of all that was spoken of by the prophets concerning these miraculous events that they were living through.

And then Jesus led that group out to Bethany, lifted His hands and blessed them. Luke finishes his gospel beginning in verse 51, “While He was blessing them, He parted from them and was carried up into heaven. And they, after worshiping Him, returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising God.”

As I always like to do when studying the Bible, I ask myself, “Why was this written and what can I learn from it to me more like Jesus?”

The big take away for me is that even those closest to Jesus – those that had seen Him with their own eyes and heard Him with their own ears, had doubts. Even when Jesus rose from the dead, just as He said He would on the third day, they were frightened. The devil is a powerful enemy and is always looking for ways to destroy us. We can never rest on our laurels or feel that we have studied God’s word enough. Jesus Himself would pray to God and study the scriptures. If those closest to Jesus had doubts, we can too. To build up my faith, I must continue to study God’s word and continuously reflect on the love that Jesus has for us. The opposite of doubt is faith. And the Bible tells us in Romans 10:17 that, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” The more that we read God’s word, the stronger our faith will become. – Amen

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