The Empty Tomb (24:1-12)
On the Way to Emmaus (24:13-35)
Appearance to the Disciples
Opening the Disciples’
The Ascension (24:50-53)
Risen, perplexed, remember, did
not believe, marveling, eyes were restrained, Prophet mighty in deed and word,
suffer, glory, expounded, Scriptures, eyes were opened, must be fulfilled,
opened their understanding, repentance, remission of sins, witnesses, “the
Promise of My Father,” power from on high, blessed, carried up into heaven,
worshiped, great joy, praising and blessing God.
1a. From perplexity to
1b. From sadness to zeal.
1c. From terror to joy.
2a. 6, 7, 25-27, 44, 49.
2b. The predictions in the
Scriptures placed Jesus’ death and resurrection into proper perspective. The
Lord’s death was not a tragic ending but the accomplishment of God’s redemptive
plan as prophesied in the Scriptures and by Christ Himself. Likewise, His
resurrection furthermore demonstrated that, in accordance with His sovereign
will, God has indeed conquered the power of sin.
1a. Christ’s resurrection is for
our justification (Rom 4:25). If Christ was not raised, that means He failed to
overcome the power of sin and death. If He was not raised, He would not be able
to deliver us from eternal condemnation, and we would still be in sin (1Cor
2. Many people try to understand
Jesus by studying Him as a mere historical figure who lived thousands of years
ago. They regard Him as one of the great men of the past. But the Lord Jesus is
alive today, and He works in the life of believers. Only with faith in the
Resurrection can we experience Christ’s life-changing power and gain a true
knowledge of Him.
3. Verses 8-9 indicate that the
women understood the resurrection once they were reminded of the Lord’s
predictions. The other disciples, however, still could not believe that Jesus
had been raised (1, 25, 38).
4a. The death of Jesus and the
empty tomb (19-24).
4b. They were sad (17) because
they did not think that the Lord Jesus would return to life.
5. The words “we were hoping”
suggest that they understood the Lord’s death as the end of their hope.
6. They were slow in believing
the prophecies in the Scriptures about Christ (25-26).
7. Although He was a guest, He
took the role of a host by giving the blessing and breaking the bread. His
actions led the disciples to recognize Him (35).
9. By God’s grace we have come to
know the Lord Jesus Christ. We should not hesitate to bring this good tiding to
those around us.
10. We need to ask the Lord to
open the Scriptures to us and rekindle our hearts with His Spirit (32). With
knowledge of the living Word and a burning zeal in our hearts, we will rejoice
and gladly witness for the Lord.
11a. The disciples had been
depressed after the Lord’s death and were perplexed by the report of Christ’s
post-resurrection appearance. In the midst of such confusion and uncertainty,
they needed assurance from the Lord Himself.
11b. This peace from God calms
our hearts and frees us from anxiety and fear. It comes from trusting in the
love and promise of our Lord. The disciples were troubled because they still
had doubts (38). So the Lord brought them peace by removing their doubts.
12. If the Lord Jesus’ appearance
was just a spirit, then the disciples would have thought that the spirit of the
Lord had returned from the dead. They still would not have been convinced that
Christ had indeed been raised bodily from the dead.
13a. Only in light of God’s
sovereign plan in the Scriptures could the disciples understand the
significance of the resurrection. The resurrection was not just another miracle
but the fulfillment of salvation.
13b. Our knowledge of Jesus
Christ should not be built only on experience of healings or other miracles. We
must learn to know Christ through the teachings of the Scriptures. Only then
can our faith in the Lord be firm.
14. The Scriptures are not just
works of literature. Understanding the superficial meaning does not necessarily
mean understanding the divine message behind the words. Only if God reveals His
will to us can we understand the mysteries of God in His words and come to a
living faith in Christ (cf. Mt 11:25-27; 1Cor 2:10-13).
15. Through His death and
resurrection, Christ has received all authority in heaven and on earth and
opened the way of salvation (Mt 28:18). This tiding of salvation must be
preached to all the world, and as the Lord’s witnesses, we are entrusted with
16a. Repentance and remission of
sins in Jesus’ name.
16b. We need the power from on
high (49), i.e. the power of the Holy Spirit.
17a. Their joy came from knowing
that Christ has accomplished salvation through His resurrection and that there
is hope of everlasting life for them and for all the world.