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July 27: Luke 24:1-34

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Today's Passage: Luke 24:1-34 (NLT)

But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes.

The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.”

Then they remembered that he had said this. So they rushed back from the tomb to tell his eleven disciples—and everyone else—what had happened. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and several other women who told the apostles what had happened. 11 But the story sounded like nonsense to the men, so they didn’t believe it. 12 However, Peter jumped up and ran to the tomb to look. Stooping, he peered in and saw the empty linen wrappings; then he went home again, wondering what had happened.

The Walk to Emmaus

13 That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. 16 But God kept them from recognizing him.

17 He asked them, “What are you discussing so intently as you walk along?”

They stopped short, sadness written across their faces.18 Then one of them, Cleopas, replied, “You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard about all the things that have happened there the last few days.”

19 “What things?” Jesus asked.

“The things that happened to Jesus, the man from Nazareth,” they said. “He was a prophet who did powerful miracles, and he was a mighty teacher in the eyes of God and all the people. 20 But our leading priests and other religious leaders handed him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified him. 21 We had hoped he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel. This all happened three days ago.

22 “Then some women from our group of his followers were at his tomb early this morning, and they came back with an amazing report. 23 They said his body was missing, and they had seen angels who told them Jesus is alive! 24 Some of our men ran out to see, and sure enough, his body was gone, just as the women had said.”

25 Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. 26 Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?” 27 Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

28 By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus acted as if he were going on, 29 but they begged him, “Stay the night with us, since it is getting late.” So he went home with them. 30 As they sat down to eat, he took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them. 31 Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared!

32 They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?” 33 And within the hour they were on their way back to Jerusalem. There they found the eleven disciples and the others who had gathered with them,34 who said, “The Lord has really risen! He appeared to Peter.

 

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3 Comments

Even after the resurrection Jesus was still having to convince people that everything had come true of his teaching. People seem to have been a hard headed and unbelieving then as they are now. If they didn’t believe in him after seeing all of this I don’t know what else would convince them. We only have the stories and we believe. To see it happen first hand would have been a truly indescribable sight.

Lord, help those that are hard headed and are refusing to see the light because did their own worldly views. Help them to find the peace that we have through you.
OBSERVATION
“Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?” This is so often the mark of many who come to Jesus for salvation. It’s an inside job. As these men were listening to Jesus’ explanation of how the Messiah would suffer and die something was stirring deep in their heart.
APPLICATION
Part of the mystery of the gospel is how God works on the inside of us to draw us to himself. I can remember the first time I felt this as a child. Throughout my teen years I felt it many times as well. But when I responded with complete surrender in my second year of college, that burning came and never left.
PRAYER
Thank you, Jesus for walking and talking with me. Thank you for your presence that lives inside of me. May I never take it for granted. Help me to share this experience with others so they too, can know the joy of living in Christ.
As a child growing up I was taught of Christ resurrection many times and I believed. It was only 1 year ago that my eyes were truly opened! I cried tears of great joy this morning as I read this scripture because of the realization of my salvation and personal relationship with my savior is realized more than ever, not by my doing but by my Lord opening my eyes to it. THANK YOU JESUS!

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