As a young man, D. L. Moody was called upon suddenly to preach a funeral sermon. He hunted all through the Four Gospels trying to find one of Christ’s funeral sermons, but searched in vain. He found that Christ broke up every funeral He ever attended. Death could not exist … More
This final chapter of Luke records the experiences of several people who had first-hand experiences with the risen Lord. In each case they were depressed because of Jesus’ death, but after meeting with Him they were joyful and praised God. The first people to learn of the resurrection of Jesus were the women who had been faithful in following Him. It was very early in the morning on the first day of the week when these women arrived at the tomb, bringing more spices for His burial (v.1). The women brought spices to the tomb as we would bring flowers, as a sign of love and respect. However, they did not find the body they were looking for (vv. 2-3). The stone was gone, the body was gone, the grave clothes were still intact and two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning were standing there. These were obviously angelic beings (v. 4).
These women were afraid and bowed down their faces to the earth as they questioned these angelic beings where Jesus was (vv. 5-8). Then they ran to tell the apostles and others what they had seen (vv. 9-10), but they refused to believe the report (v.11). Then Peter ran to the tomb and found what the women had described was true (v. 12). It must have looked like an empty mummy shell. The resurrected body of Jesus had passed through the cloth wrappings, leaving them undisturbed.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the central fact of Christian history. Keep in mind that the message of the Gospel rests upon the death of Jesus Christ and His resurrection (I Corinthians 15:1-8). The earthquake and the angel opened the tomb, not to let Jesus out but to let the witnesses in (Matthew 28:2-4). “Come and see, go and tell!” is what it was all about and still is today. Without the resurrection there would be no Christian church today.
What difference does the physical resurrection mean to me? I can use these verses to comfort those who have lost love ones.
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. 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, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 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.
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Luke 21:1-4The Widow’s Offering
Luke 21:5-19Signs of the End of the Age
Luke 21:20-28Jesus Tells About His Return
Luke 21:35-38Jesus Tells them to Remain Watchful
Luke 22:1-13Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus
Luke 22:14-30The Last Supper
Luke 22:31-38Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial
Luke 22:39-53Jesus Arrested in the Garden
Luke 22:54-71Peter Denies Knowing Jesus
Luke 23:1-12Jesus Stands Trial Before Pilate and Herod
Luke 23:13-25Pilate Hands Jesus Over to be Crucified
Luke 23:26-43Jesus is Led Away to be Crucified
Luke 23:44-49Jesus Dies on the Cross
Luke 23:50-56Jesus is Buried in a Borrowed Tomb
Luke 24:1-12Jesus Rises From the Dead
Luke 24:13-27Jesus Appears on the Road to Emmaus
Luke 24:28-49Jesus Appears to the Disciples
Luke 24:50-53Jesus Ascends Into Heaven