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Daily Bible Reading (Wednesday, April 4th)

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Luke 24 (ESV)

 

The Resurrection

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, 11 but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.

On the Road to Emmaus

13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem, 14 and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even 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 as the women had said, but him they did not see.” 25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29 but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them.30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

36 As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” 37 But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw 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 And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish,[b] 43 and he took it and ate before them.

44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything 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 said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance for[c] the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But 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 lifting up his hands he blessed them. 51 While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,53 and were continually in the temple blessing God.

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 24:13 Greek sixty stadia; a stadion was about 607 feet or 185 meters
  2. Luke 24:42 Some manuscripts add and some honeycomb
  3. Luke 24:47 Some manuscripts and

9 Comments

The resurrection of the foundation of all we believe. We serve a LIVING Jesus. He lives and He's coming back to take us to be with Him. Like the disciples, we worship the King.

What a privileged it is for us to continually have the Holy Spirit so that our eyes are open to the scriptures. Praise God for his indwelling!

It's so easy to let this message of hope grow "old" to us because we hear it all the time. Oh Lord, help me to never lose the wonder of this story! The fact that the God of creation would crush His son for His enemies is amazing... Help it to always stay that way.

The last verse says they were continually in the temple blessing God. That is what I look forward to in eternity; forever praising God!

The Lord has Risen Indeed! There is so much to meditate on just from that one statement. So much that I need to remember and apply today and every day. I can certainly understand the disciples worshipping Him with great joy and continually blessing God.

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."
Luke 24:49 NASB

Ressurection power. The same power that raised Christ from the dead. The Holy Spirit is pur helper in obedience and ministry. Thankful for Him.

“Clothed with Power from on high”. I need to remember that this applies to me and live like it, to His glory.

I think it’s awesome we have another opportunity in the middle of the week to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior. I am thankful, as we learned Sunday, Jesus wants us first to understand His scripture before He reveals Himself to us. God I know you have revealed yourself to me, but I also know I have so much to learn and grown in. Thank you for giving me a helper in the Holy Spirit to have power over my flesh. May I utilize that resource to draw closer to you. Thank you for sending your son to atone for my sins, you alone are worthy to be praised!

v16&31: Their eyes were both sovereignly prevented and allowed to recognize Him. If anyone is to have any hope of recognizing the truth of Christ, God must allow it. We must be faithful to present the gospel, but we must also pray for God to reveal it to the lost. v25: Without His Spirit revealing the truth of Scripture in my heart, I am also foolish and slow of heart to believe. Father, open my eyes that I may see wonderful things from your law.

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