The Gospel According to St Luke: Luke Chapter Twenty-four: Read here:
Road to Emmaus, by Greg Olsen
Resurrection Sunday: Luke 24:1-9:
(At the close of Chapter 23, we read that the women followed to see where Jesus was laid on Friday, before the old Sabbath began. They prepared spices and ointments for Jesus’s burial, and then rested on the Sabbath day, returning to care for His body early Sunday Morning.)
Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher, and two angels standing by it in shining garments.
And they entered into the sepulcher, and not finding the body of the Lord Jesus, they were much perplexed thereabout; And were affrighted, and bowed down their faces to the earth. But behold the angels said unto them,
“Why seek ye the living among the dead (JST in italics)?
“He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying,
“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 sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.
The Apostles Don’t Believe the Women’s Report: Luke 24:10-11:
It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.
And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.
Do we have believing hearts? Do we listen to the testimony of others with a hope to believe in good news? Do we do as Peter did, and try to find out for ourselves? Or do we dismiss those things as unreal that we cannot yet comprehend?
Peter Ran to Find Out for Himself: Luke 24:12:
Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.
The Senior Apostle ran to see and wondered. I’m certain that he hoped it was true, even if he did not yet understand.
On the Road to Emmaus: Luke 24:13-24:
And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. And they talked together of all these things which had happened.
And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.
And he said unto them,
“What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?”
And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him,
“Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?”
And he said unto them,
And they said unto him,
“Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.
“But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.
“Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre; And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.
“And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.”
Here the two disciples recount the events of the day to Jesus. Peter was not the only one that ran to the tomb. John’s testimony points out that the disciple that Jesus loved (John didn’t like to name himself) also ran with Peter and got to the tomb first; but, he allowed Peter to enter first.
Do we ever allow our grief to block our vision? When there are things that we do not understand, do we just mull over those events without seeking wisdom from Him who knows all things. There is always great comfort and sustaining power in seeking the Lord’s grace during our times of loss and sorrow.
Jesus Chastised and Taught These Two Disciples: Luke 24:25-27:
Then he said unto them,
“O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
“Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?”
And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
How well do we know our scriptures? How well do we know the history of the prophets and their testimonies of Jesus Christ? Do we abandon those things that we believe when events do not quickly coincide with our limited vision? Do we trust in those impressions of our heart and our spiritual reservoirs when things don’t go according to our plans and when our grief is deep?
Jesus Dines with These Two Disciples: Luke 24:28-32:
And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. But they constrained him, saying,
“Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.”
And he went in to tarry with them.
And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
And they said one to another,
“Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?”
The Holy Ghost often testifies to us of truth through a warmth or “burning” within our hearts. Their eyes had been opened so that they did see Jesus for who He was and they knew it was He; but, the real testimony came through the Spirit testifying to their spirits.
The Two Disciples Returned (to Jerusalem) to Report: Luke 24:33-35:
And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, Saying,
“The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.”
And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.
Can we not also come to know Him in the breaking of bread? The sacrament is an important, even a crucial, event in so many ways; and it cannot be a one-time event, or we would starve.
The sacrament gives us the opportunity to put right those wrongs which we do, relying on the Lord to help us remove or carry our burdens. The sacrament helps us to adore and love the Lord who has suffered all things for us and given us life. The sacrament gives us the opportunity to covenant to always remember the Lord, so we need to partake often so that we do not forget. And with our promise to Him, He promises us that we will always have His Spirit to be with us.
Yes, communion with the Lord is important as we dine at His sacrament table. Here we can come to know Him.
These two disciples were properly prepared before partaking of bread with Jesus. They talked about Him and remembered Him. Our thoughts should also be with Jesus when we partake of the emblems of his body and blood.
Jesus Appeared to His Apostles: Luke 24:36-43:
(Jesus appeared, not as a mortal man, but as the Resurrected Lord, with body of flesh and bone!)
And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them,
“Peace be unto you.”
But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.
And he said unto them,
“Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
“Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.”
And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.
And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them,
“Have ye here any meat?”
And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.
And he took it, and did eat before them.
He was again both a physical and spiritual Being. He ate with them.
Jesus Taught Them and Opened Their Understanding; They are His Witnesses: Luke 24:44-49:
And he said unto them,
“These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.”
Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
And said unto them,
“Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
“And ye are witnesses of these things.
“And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”
We are endowed with power from on high in the Holy Temples. Our missionaries, our elders and our sisters, must receive their temple endowment before they enter into the mission field as the Lord’s servants. This was also true for His witnesses at the time of His resurrection.
Jesus Blessed Them and Returned to Heaven: Luke 24:50-53:
And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.
And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.
And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.