On the third day after death, Jesus disappeared from the tomb. And when the eleven disciples received this news, they didn’t believe it. Peter actually ran to the tomb, and indeed saw the linen cloths unwrapped by themselves and was perplexed.
On the Road to Emmaus
This is perhaps my favorite part of the Bible. If I could choose any moment to live in history, it would be this one right here.
Two men, Cleopas and Simon, were on their way to Emmaus, discussing the recent happenings. All of a sudden, Jesus approaches them and wants to join the conversation. Of course, at that time the two men didn’t know it was Jesus.
The two men thought it would be obvious what the latest topic would be: the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. They told Jesus (without knowing it’s Jesus) that they saw Jesus as a mighty prophet who they hoped would redeem Israel. And 3 days later, Jesus’s body is no longer in the tomb.
Then Jesus rebukes them for their foolishness and gives them the ultimate Bible lesson.
And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.Luke 24:27
When the three of them reached the village, the two men urged Jesus to stay with them for dinner. And as Jesus broke the bread and blessed and broke it for them, their eyes were opened and they recognized Jesus. Jesus also vanished right there and then.
Wow, I would love to have been there to hear Jesus’s interpretation beginning with Moses and all the Prophets. That would have been a truly unique experience.
Jesus’s Last Moments Before Ascending To Heaven
Jesus appeared before His disciples. But His disciples were taken aback and scared. Jesus assures them that it’s truly Him.
Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 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.Luke 24:38-39
He even eats something just to prove that He’s really in flesh form.
Jesus then tells His disciples that everything written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.
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.Luke 24:44
They are now witnesses of the fulfillment of all those writings:
Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.Luke 24:46-47
This is really key to the core of Christianity. Jerusalem received the Good News first, and from now onwards, all nations will eventually receive as well.
Finally, Jesus is sending the Holy Spirit to be with them for their arduous journey ahead:
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.Luke 24:49
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