Luke Chapter 24

December 16, 2010

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on the Book of Luke. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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Luke 24:1-53 (NIV)
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. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'” 8 Then they remembered his words. 9 When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened. 13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him. 17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 “What things?” he asked. “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” 25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. 28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” 33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread. 36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 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.” 40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence. 44 He said to them, “This 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.” 45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 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.” 50 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. 52 Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. 53 And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.

Last week we ended Chapter 23 with Jesus having been placed in the tomb. I always wonder what they must have been thinking. How it must have felt. But that was Friday, and now in Chapter 24 it’s Sunday, and everything was about to change forever!

Luke 24 1:11

Mary Magdelene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James and some other women went to the tomb with burial spices. When they got there, they found that stone that had sealed the tomb had been rolled away. They went into the tomb, and the body wasn’t there. Then two men in clothes that gleamed like lightening stood beside them and said, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, He is risen!” When the women returned form the tomb, they told what they had seen to the eleven, but they did not believe them because it sounded to them like nonsense.

Luke 24:12

Peter, however, goes running to the tomb. He sees the strips of linen lying there and then he goes away wondering what had happened. I think Peter is putting it together, but at the same time He is dealing with the way that He had denied Jesus.

Luke 24:13-35

Later that day, two of the disciples are going to Emmaus when they are joined by a man who walks along beside them. The man was Jesus, but Luke says at first they were kept from recognizing them. They tell Jesus of the events that been happening, and then Jesus gives them a Bible study about all of he scriptures that spoke about who He was. When they get to the village the two disciples invite Jesus to eat with them. When Jesus broke bread and gave thanks, the disciples realized who He was. (This is my body broken for you). Then Jesus disappears.

Luke 24:36-53

The two disciples rush back to Jerusalem to share what they had seen with the others. While they are telling them the story, Jesus appears in their midst. They are afraid, thinking that they are seeing a ghost, and Jesus says “Peace be with you”. Jesus is not ghostlike, He is just more real than anything else.

Jesus shows the disciples His hands and feet and then He helps them to finally understand the scriptures about what needed to happen. He tells them to stay in the city until they have received the power from on high that He is sending them (The Holy Spirit in Acts 2) and then He ascends into heaven. Luke ends with the promise of power from on high. The power to live life as His disciple by doing the next right thing.

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