Luke 24:1-53 Easter April 4 2010
Our Lord Jesus went gloriously down to death, in spite of the malice of his enemies, who did all they could to make his death ignominious; but he rose again more gloriously, of which we have an account in this chapter; and the proofs and evidences of Christâ€™s resurrection are more fully related by this evangelist than they were by Matthew and Mark. Here is, Assurance given by two angels, to the woman who visited the sepulchre, that the Lord Jesus was risen from the dead, according to his own word, to which the angels refer them and the report of this to the apostles . The visit which Peter made to the sepulchre, and his discoveries there . Christâ€™s conference with the two disciples that were going to Emmaus, and his making himself known to them . His appearing to the eleven disciples themselves, the same day at evening . The farewell he gave them, his ascension into heaven, and the joy and praise of his disciples whom he left behind
1. (Luke 24:1-8) The Resurrection of Christ.
Luke 24:1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 24:2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 24:3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 24:4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 24:5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, â€œWhy do you look for the living among the dead? 24:6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 24:7 â€˜The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.â€™ â€œ 24:8 Then they remembered his words.
See the affection and respect the women showed to Christ, after he was dead and buried. Observe their surprise when they found the stone rolled away, and the grave empty. Christians often perplex themselves about that with which they should comfort and encourage themselves. They look rather to find their Master in his grave-clothes, than angels in their shining garments. The angels assure them that he is risen from the dead; is risen by his own power. These angels from heaven bring not any new gospel, but remind the women of Christâ€™s words, and teach them how to apply them. We may wonder that these disciples, who believed Jesus to be the Son of God and the true Messiah, who had been so often told that he must die, and rise again, and then enter into his glory, who had seen him more than once raise the dead, yet should be so backward to believe his raising himself. But all our mistakes in religion spring from ignorance or forgetfulness of the words Christ has spoken. Peter now ran to the sepulchre, who so lately ran from his Master. He was amazed. There are many things puzzling and perplexing to us, which would be plain and profitable, if we rightly understood the words of Christ.
2. (Luke 24:36-39) Christ Appears to the Other Disciples.
Luke 24:36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, â€œPeace be with you.â€ 24:37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 24:38 He said to them, â€œWhy are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 24:39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.â€
Jesus appeared in a miraculous manner, assuring the disciples of his peace, though they had so lately forsaken him, and promising spiritual peace with every blessing. Many troublesome thoughts which disquiet our minds, rise from mistakes concerning Christ. All the troublesome thoughts which rise in our hearts at any time, are known to the Lord Jesus, and are displeasing to him. He spake with them on their unreasonable unbelief. Nothing had passed but what was foretold by the prophets, and necessary for the salvation of sinners. And now all men should be taught the nature and necessity of repentance, in order to the forgiveness of their sins. And these blessings were to be sought for, by faith in the name of Jesus. Christ by his Spirit works on the minds of men. Even good men need to have their understandings opened. But that we may have right thoughts of Christ, there needs no more than to be made to understand the Scriptures.
3. (Luke 24:40-49) His Ascension.
Luke 24:40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 24:41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, â€œDo you have anything here to eat?â€ 24:42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 24:43 and he took it and ate it in their presence. 24:44 He said to them, â€œThis is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.â€ 24:45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 24:46 He told them, â€œThis is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 24:47 and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 24:48 You are witnesses of these things. 24:49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.â€
Five times Christ was seen the same day that he rose: by Mary Magdalene alone in the garden (John 20:14 ), by the women as they were going to tell the disciples ( Matt. 28:9 ), by Peter alone, by the two disciples going to Emmaus, and now at night by the eleven, of which we have an account in these verses, as also (John 20:19) . Observe,
This evangelist omits the solemn meeting between Christ and his disciples in Galilee; but what he said to them there, and at other interviews, he subjoins to what he said to them at the first visit he made them on the evening of the day he rose; and has now nothing more to account for but his ascension into heaven, of which we have a very brief narrative in these verses, in which we are told,