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Posted by adventbiblestudy on February 10, 2015


  • Luke Chapter 24

    Luke 24:1-53 NLTse But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. (2) They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. (3) So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. (4) As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes. (5) 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? (6) He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, (7) 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.” (8) Then they remembered that he had said this. (9) 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. (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.” (35) Then the two from Emmaus told their story of how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road, and how they had recognized him as he was breaking the bread. (36) And just as they were telling about it, Jesus himself was suddenly standing there among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. (37) But the whole group was startled and frightened, thinking they were seeing a ghost! (38) “Why are you frightened?” he asked. “Why are your hearts filled with doubt? (39) Look at my hands. Look at my feet. You can see that it’s really me. Touch me and make sure that I am not a ghost, because ghosts don’t have bodies, as you see that I do.” (40) As he spoke, he showed them his hands and his feet. (41) Still they stood there in disbelief, filled with joy and wonder. Then he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” (42) They gave him a piece of broiled fish, (43) and he ate it as they watched. (44) Then he said, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.” (45) Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. (46) And he said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. (47) It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’ (48) You are witnesses of all these things. (49) “And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.” (50) Then Jesus led them to Bethany, and lifting his hands to heaven, he blessed them. (51) While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up to heaven. (52) So they worshiped him and then returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy. (53) And they spent all of their time in the Temple, praising God.

    • On The Way to the Tomb

      Luke 24:1-9 NLTse But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. (2) They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. (3) So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. (4) As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes. (5) 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? (6) He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, (7) 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.” (8) Then they remembered that he had said this. (9) So they rushed back from the tomb to tell his eleven disciples–and everyone else–what had happened.

      Put yourself into the scene those women found themselves in. While it was still dark, they made their way to Jesus’ tomb. They walked into a graveyard just as the sun was beginning to rise. They were alone with no man to protect them. The women struggled with the heavy package they were carrying. The spices they brought weighed almost as much as one of them. They often stopped to rest. Then lift the heavy load and take a few more steps. They had to be persistent. The had a goal to achieve and nothing was going to stop them.

      The women had no idea Roman guards were at the tomb. Luke made no mention of those guards. This should give us a clue, the events he recorded didn’t need any details about those guards. Instead, Luke concentrated on angels present at the empty tomb.

      The weight of those spices slowed them down but didn’t stop them. Neither could fear and superstition stop those women from doing what they set out to do. Perfect love conquers all fear. No threats of demons or ghosts were going to keep those women from the task God’s Spirit sent them to do. When they saw the tomb open they dropped that package of spices. With curiosity and wonder, they approached the open tomb. Fear and superstition didn’t stop them from going inside. They weren’t afraid of the angels who appeared. Nothing seemed to shake those women. They were on a mission from God. But what was that mission?

      Most people think those women were sent to the tomb with those spices to give Jesus the burial He deserved. That wasn’t it. God knew Jesus rose from the grave. Those women came to express their unconditional love for Jesus. The spices didn’t play much of a role in this story. As far as we know, they left those expensive spices on the side of the road. Luke tells us the women rushed back to tell the disciples. They couldn’t have rushed with a large package of spices. God arranged this story so there could never be any doubt. A few women were not going to pick up an expensive package of heavy spices and rush back to deliver the message those angels gave.

      Some people like to put all kinds of spiritual interpretations on those spices. The women brought those spices to fulfill a popular Jewish tradition at the time. Those spices had no Biblical meaning or significance. Leaving those expensive spices behind had two major meanings. First, they showed how riches of the world are nothing compared to the message, “Jesus has risen.” The second is almost as important. The fact those spices weren’t required showed tradition was no longer required. Tradition was abandoned on the side of the road. Replaced by unconditional love.

    • The Message Delivered

      Luke 24:10-12 NLTse 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.

      Notice when Luke recorded the names of those women, when they left to tell the disciples, “Jesus has risen.” Luke drew attention to those women at this point in the story to draw out their perfect love and show how it is related to the message they carried.

      There was more to the message than, “He is risen from the dead!” Those angels also told the women remember, “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.” It’s not by chance, the message those angels gave the women is one of the most important Bible Study rules. Always look back to see how the author led into the story.

      Here is one of the most important Bible Study steps you want to learn and use:

      Always look back to see how the author led into the event at hand. Most of us know in original scripture, neither the Old or New Testaments were divided into chapters and verses. That came much later. That has little to do with this rule, but to understand scripture, we have to look for patterns. One of those is how the author lead from one event to the next.

      Those disciples didn’t look back. That’s why the new message sounded like nonsense to the men, and they didn’t believe it. They hadn’t developed the skills required to understand the message. Peter didn’t believe the message. He ran to the tomb to look for himself. He didn’t see Jesus in the tomb. He didn’t understand the message at all. He went home as sad as the day before and wondered what happened.

      Instead of looking back at what Jesus tried to teach him, Peter relied on his own skills to interpret them. Peter didn’t see any angels because he wasn’t ready to accept God’s Spirit and listen. Luke specifically pointed out, the women remembered. The women looked back, saw how all those events led up to that empty tomb, and ran back as fast as they could to share the message with everyone.

      That’s what happens every time people catch onto this simple study method. They look back at events in the Bible to understand the story they are reading. They slow down and suddenly, they can hear God’s voice. Their understanding expands on such an exponential level, they can’t wait to share with other people. You have to admit, there are details in this story you’ve never heard before. How do you think I came up with those details?

      I followed the easy methods of study I’ve been explaining. I highlighted key words. I went over the chapter a number of times. I broke it into sections, then looked back to see how Luke led from one event to the other. I asked why. I prayed about this situation and listened to God’s explanation. God showed me details I’ve never seen before. It’s not me, it’s God Spirit that reveals details.

    • The Walk to Emmaus

      Luke 24:13-32 NLTse 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?”

      This has always been one of my favorite stories in the Bible where Jesus explains how to understand what happened over the previous days. Jesus rested in the tomb for three days to show how important it is to look back. Looking back requires more than the moment or day. Looking back has to take into consideration a number of events. This lesson used the number three to illustrate a series. Three points establishes the minimum number to form a foundation or support. In this case we see how the message means nothing unless we link together at least three events such as Jesus rose from the tomb, Jesus’ sacrifice, and any one from a number of other events in this series.

      We’ve seen how Joseph’s efforts to bury Jesus are linked to both His sacrifice and His resurrection. We also see how the story about those woman on the way to the tomb and the message they received is related to Jesus’ sacrifice and the empty tomb. Take any event in this series and look at the details. Separated from the other other events, none of those details means a thing. Combined, they tell the story God wanted us to see.

      The same is true with every story in the Bible. Any single event is meaningless when forced to stand alone. It will never support anything. Any single event will loose the force and lesson God intended it to have when combined with its related events just as Jesus’ three days in the tomb teach nothing if His sacrifice and resurrection are not considered along side of it.

      A minimum of three points in a series of stories have to be linked together to see the deeper meaning God placed in texts. It takes a minimum of three points to support a foundation. Any number of related points can be added. The more points that are added, the stronger the foundation becomes. In other words, it is important to understand a story by seeing how the author led into the story and its outcome to understand details in the story. Separating any of those details takes away from the intended lesson. By separating facts from events, the lesson becomes a man made phenomenon.

      Let’s test this rule on this chapter using Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection as two main points. Looking at this story about the men Jesus walked along the road with, we see this story contains both points. Jesus’ sacrifice is clearly spelled out in the story. “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. But our leading priests and other religious leaders handed him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified him.”

      Jesus’ resurrection is also mentioned in the story. “Then some women from our group of his followers were at his tomb early this morning, and they came back with an amazing report. They said his body was missing, and they had seen angels who told them Jesus is alive! Some of our men ran out to see, and sure enough, his body was gone, just as the women had said.” Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?”

      As we examine how Luke recorded this story, we see how those two major points combined with this third story add a new dimension. This story that took place on the road added details not previously mentioned. Details anyone would have missed if any of those events were removed and examined on their own. Hence, when proving the rule of considering three events together, we not only prove the rule but see why this rule is so important.

      We can also look at this story from a different perspective by following another simple Bible Study rule. The rules of introductions and summations. What happens when we compare this story to the introduction and summation?

    This is one of the most important Bible Study rules of context you want to learn and use:

    The introduction and summation of each chapter establishes the main theme, thought, and lesson on the chapter. Themes may be established by key words, thoughts, or contrasts.

    Luke 24:1-53 NLTse But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. (2) They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. (3) So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus.

    Luke 24:49-53 NLTse “And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.” (50) Then Jesus led them to Bethany, and lifting his hands to heaven, he blessed them. (51) While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up to heaven. (52) So they worshiped him and then returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy. (53) And they spent all of their time in the Temple, praising God.

    The introduction tells us, those women didn’t find Jesus in the tomb. Comparing that to the summation we see Jesus finally sent them the Holy Spirit, just as His Father promised. Putting those two together we see we can’t understand scripture or Jesus’ ministry unless He explains the details. What does that mean? It means, people can’t explain the details, it requires a personal conference with Jesus. You have to see Him.

    Those women saw an empty tomb. They received a message from two angles. This showed how God’s message will always be confirmed. They delivered the message. Peter and the other disciples still didn’t understand. They couldn’t accept the message. When did the disciples understand the message? After Jesus met with them and explained it to them. Jesus met with them and conducted a one on one conversion with them.

    If this was the only way Jesus’ disciples could understand, why are people trying to create a short cut, or different road to Jesus. The road in this story represents the only road to understanding Jesus. He walks up to you. Like those men on the road, you think you know Jesus, but when He is walking along side of you, you don’t recognize Him. Recognize is a key word Luke repeated.

    Other key words show us the process. Look at the key words in that story. They begin by centering on talking, a discussion. Jesus asked questions. The men asked questions. There is a dialog going back and forth before Jesus explained scripture to them. This process is easy, but it is not at all what preachers teach these days. Preachers want you to go to them for an explanation, a dialog, a discussion. This story made it clear that discussion has to be with Jesus. No where in the Bible does God change this sequence or offer another solution. We lead people to Jesus and as the summation points out, Jesus’ Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven. No where in the Bible has that power been transferred to any human being.

    Luke repeated another interesting line in this story, “His body was missing.” The summation offered an explanation and a promise, the Holy Spirit. Since Jesus sent God’s Spirit to explain scripture, why don’t we take Jesus at His word and accept the fulfillment of this promise? Why would people try to invent a better way than what Jesus promised?

    Luke also repeated the term, “things that happened.” This story teaches the same concept as previous events. It is a process repeated in the last chapter of Luke’s Gospel so we wouldn’t miss it, or forget the lesson. We also see how Luke linked the word happened to three days.

    Luke pointed out how those men shared a dialog with Jesus, invited Him to dinner, but didn’t know who He was until after Jesus explained, “all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” We only see little parts of Jesus. We only understand a little bit. Non of us recognizes the Jesus who was conceived inside a virgin and finally returned to God’s Kingdom until He personally explains all the details in between. Jesus explained every single detail from what we refer to as the Old Testament. How many people do you know who are capable of doing that? Go ahead. If you think you know someone better able to explain who Christ is better than Jesus Himself, ask them to explain everything from the Old Testament.

    I want to go back to take a look at Luke’s introduction to his book. Since many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, Even as they delivered them unto us, who from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto you in order, most excellent Theophilus, (Luke 1:1-3 KJ2000).

    Luke dedicated himself to creating a perfect understanding of Jesus’ ministry. When we get to this story, we see those men knew about Jesus and His ministry, but didn’t have that perfect understanding. Luke was very careful to record what those men knew about Jesus, and how little they understood. Luke used this contrast to teach an important lesson.

    There’s one reason why Luke didn’t record the details Jesus told those men. The story told us, those men raced back to Jerusalem to share what they learned from Jesus. They couldn’t help but share. 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?” Does your heart burn when other people tried to explain the scriptures about Jesus to you? Has anyone tried to explain those Old Testament scriptures to you?

    • The Disciples Hear the Message

      Luke 24:33-48 NLTse 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.” (35) Then the two from Emmaus told their story of how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road, and how they had recognized him as he was breaking the bread. (36) And just as they were telling about it, Jesus himself was suddenly standing there among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. (37) But the whole group was startled and frightened, thinking they were seeing a ghost! (38) “Why are you frightened?” he asked. “Why are your hearts filled with doubt? (39) Look at my hands. Look at my feet. You can see that it’s really me. Touch me and make sure that I am not a ghost, because ghosts don’t have bodies, as you see that I do.” (40) As he spoke, he showed them his hands and his feet. (41) Still they stood there in disbelief, filled with joy and wonder. Then he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” (42) They gave him a piece of broiled fish, (43) and he ate it as they watched. (44) Then he said, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.” (45) Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. (46) And he said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. (47) It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’ (48) You are witnesses of all these things.

      This message takes on two forms. Those women walked to the tomb when the sun was rising, heard the message, and took it to the disciples at the beginning of the day. The men from Emmaus began their journey back to Jerusalem at the end of the day. This showed how the message covered the entire day.

      According to the Bible, evening is the beginning of a new day. Those women had only a portion of the news in the morning. The men from Emmaus learned the entire story from Jesus at the beginning of the next day. This marked a new beginning for this world.

      Those men didn’t waste any time at all. Luke pointed out how quickly they moved. What lesson does that teach? The message began with, “The Lord has really risen! He appeared to Peter.” This has to be one of the strangest verses in the Bible. When did Jesus appear to Peter? When Peter went to the tomb, he looked in, went home and wondered what that all meant.

      We have to look at the details in this story for an explanation. Peter went home. Peter is not mentioned in the story about Jesus visiting the disciples that day. Peter was on his way home in Galilee. Jesus made a special trip to see Peter. Jesus told those men about that meeting and they told the other disciples. The beginning of their message was two fold. They told the disciples Jesus rose from the tomb and told them Peter was safe. What an exhibition of God’s love.

      Those men weren’t afraid to admit they didn’t recognize Jesus. I wish this was a quality more Christians had. The three hardest words for men to say is, “I don’t know.” After Jesus talked with them, they couldn’t wait to tell others what they didn’t know. If that’s not a life changing event, I don’t know what is. Maybe that was the sign the religious leaders really needed to see.

      Since we put ourselves in the scene with those women, lets look at the scene with those men. Imagine them standing around those two messengers listening to what Jesus told them. They are listening to those men explain scripture after scripture. Looking at the surprise in each other’s facing, they wonder how they ever missed so much. Suddenly one of them notices Jesus. He jumps backwards pointing in Jesus’ direction. Fear grips his voice – his only warning is a few grunting sounds only men can understand. Everyone looks up to see Jesus and they all retreat and huddle together.

      Why are those men such a contrast to the women? The men were hiding in a house from the priests, Romans, and everyone while those women got up to carry a large large package of spices to the graveyard. The women were frightened when the angels first spoke to them, but soon overcame their fear, received, and delivered the message. On the other hand, the men doubted Jesus in the flesh. There was still something the men had to overcome. Something they were missing. That something was love.

      There is something about a woman’s view of God a man finds difficult to understand. I can’t be sure what it is, because I’ve never been with a woman who sought after God, or had a relationship with Him. But one day I hope to meet that woman to fill in those blanks.

      When we go back to Eden, we see Adam missing a piece of himself. That piece was taken from a rib close to Adam’s heart. The experience with those disciples in that room showed us that rib is needed to complete a connection with Jesus. Jesus still carries that wound in His side to show the part men are missing. He wants us to work together with each member bringing their special gifts and understanding. Humans have always tried to explain this difference in understanding and views, strengths, and weaknesses, but cannot provide a valid spiritual explanation. Only Jesus can explain such details.

      That’s the lesson taught by this contrast. Remember, God loves to teach using contracts. This time He used a contrast to show perfect love casts out all fear. Love also creates a quicker, closer relationship with Christ. Love is the only difference between the two groups. The women were going to give something to Jesus they thought He needed. The men were hiding to save themselves.

      The men needed evidence. The women never saw Jesus. All they saw was an empty tomb and two angels. The men had to put their hands on Jesus and see His wounds. What did they think? Were they doubting what they saw with their own eyes when they saw Jesus hanging on the cross? Did they suspect their eyes were deceived by some kind of trick?

      Jesus knew one of the reasons they doubted Him was because their minds were still stuck on superstition as well as tradition. Jesus had to take another step to work within their superstitions. He asked for something to eat to prove He wasn’t a ghost. Jesus always goes the extra step to show He is real. Think about it. Jesus performed a physical act no one in that room could have done. He ate a piece of fish and showed them His wounds. Jesus does the same for everyone who searches for a relationship with Him.

      The key words ghost and doubt show a problem people face when they can’t see Jesus in front of them. They allow superstition and tradition to blind them. Those women left that bag of superstition behind them. Jesus had to find another way to tell the men to leave it behind. He had to tell them how much they missed. “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.”

      The angles told the women to remember. It didn’t take long for them to recall everything they learned from Jesus. It took much more for the men to get to a point where they were ready to remember. They had to see what they did to Jesus before they could admit, they missed everything.

      That’s a problem some people never over come. They never get to a point to see what they did to Jesus, how they were the cause of Jesus’ pain and suffering. I don’t see how they can miss the point. Maybe it’s because their stuck back on one of those stories about arguing whose the greatest. That’s what those people do. They point at everyone, declare differences, and claim their religion, traditions, doctrines, and superstitions are the best. It never gets them anywhere. It doesn’t get the people they argue with closer to Jesus. Neither does it get them closer to Jesus.

      Jesus added some details to the message the women brought to those men. “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’ You are witnesses of all these things.”

      In addition to Christ rising from the tomb, and remembering what was recorded about Him in scripture, Jesus told them they’re sins were forgiven. Once again we have to consider Luke’s order. When did Jesus add this message? After He saw how those disciples doubted. After Jesus saw how they required proof. After He reminded them how they failed to listen.

    • I Will Sent the HOLY SPIRIT

      Luke 24:49-53 NLTse “And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.” (50) Then Jesus led them to Bethany, and lifting his hands to heaven, he blessed them. (51) While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up to heaven. (52) So they worshiped him and then returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy. (53) And they spent all of their time in the Temple, praising God.

      What do you think about the end of Luke’s book from a literary stand point? Looking back on his book, we can see how Luke moved from event to event at his own speed. In this chapter, Luke covers forty days of Jesus’ ministry in 53 verses. I wonder why Luke elaborated on some details other authors only glanced on or omitted. Other details Luke lingered on. I’ve hope you’ve seen the purpose behind this. Luke created his own sequence to draw attention to certain facts God’s Spirit wanted us to see.

      The theme of this book turned out to be, understanding how God’s Spirit works from with one event to establish the next, as well as how God’s Spirit prepared Jesus and other people to react to those events. Are you looking back over those events that made an impression on you?

      One of the details I see missing, that I wish was recorded, was a detailed description of what Jesus taught those disciples during those forty days. I have to pray and ask why those details weren’t recorded. Part of that answer is found in Luke’s book of Acts. It’s not by chance Luke also recorded that book which is a history of the disciple’s early ministry.

      Studying Acts will show us some of those details Jesus taught over those forty days. When Peter came out of that room on Pentecost, what did he preach? He went back in scripture and told those people details about Jesus’ ministry. Peter explained a portion of what Jesus taught him. Stephen followed the exact same pattern before he was stoned. Andrew was able to explain a prophecy about Jesus to the man he baptized because Jesus explained it to him. In all, the New Testament contains over two hundred examples of what Jesus taught the early disciples over those forty days.

      We can only learn to appreciate what the disciples learned and taught when we take time to look at the scripture they pointed people to. It only takes a minute. Finding out what they pointed to unlocks mysteries hidden for generations. Some times the best place to look for answers is in details we find missing.

      As Jesus promised, He has sent His Spirit. God’s Spirit is alive and well. I hope you’ve been able to see His Spirit at work in this book. I can’t describe the pleasure it’s been spending time alone with God’s Spirit as He drew my mind from one detail to the next. Some times it was difficult to restrain myself from adding more details. That is one sign of an inspired writer, knowing what to leave out and knowing where God’s Spirit wants to, has to fill in details to make it a living word able to make a difference in a life. I hope you’ve learned enough to spend some quality time with God’s Word and His Spirit. I hope to hear from a lot of you. Feel free to contact me through my website: https://adventbiblestudy.wordpress.com/

      I’d love nothing more than to post and share some of your own personal studies with God’s Spirit. Now if you want a real treat, go back and read chapter one again. Be prepared to be WOWED by God’s Spirit when He shows you how He made a connection between this chapter and the first chapter.

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