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Very early on the first day of the week, the women came to the tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. They brought the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance of the tomb.
They could move the stone without help. The original language says that the stone was “thrown away” from the tomb. Matthew 28:2 says that an angel rolled the stone away. The stone was not rolled away to let Jesus out but to let His followers in!
3 – 8
They went in, but they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, two men in shining clothes [angels] suddenly stood beside them. The women were very afraid; they bowed their heads to the ground.
The men said to the women, “Why are you looking for a living person here? This is a place for the dead.
Jesus is not here. He has risen from death! Do you remember what he said in Galilee? He said that the Son of Man must be given to evil men, be killed on a cross, and rise from death on the third day.” Then the women remembered what Jesus had said.
As Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. Matthew 12:40
9 – 11
The women left the tomb and told all these things to the 11 apostles and the other followers. These women were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and some other women. The women told the apostles everything that had happened at the tomb. But they did not believe the women. It sounded like nonsense.
Matthew 28:8 tells us that they were happy and afraid at the same time!
12. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb. He looked in, but he saw only the cloth that Jesus’ body had been wrapped in. Peter went away to be alone, wondering about what had happened.
Peter may have been ashamed to come to the tomb because he had denied the Lord. We feel this way when we have done something which we are not proud of. John 21 shows us what Jesus will do about it.
13 – 18
That same day two of Jesus’ followers were going to a town named Emmaus. It is about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking about everything that had happened.
While they were talking about these things, Jesus himself came near and began walking with them. They were not allowed to recognize Jesus. Then he said, “What are these things you are talking about while you walk?”
The two followers stopped. Their faces were very sad. The one named Cleopas answered, “You must be the only one in Jerusalem who does not know what just happened there.”
It is interesting that Jesus can visit the earth and we may not know that He is walking with us.
19. Jesus said to them, “What are you talking about?” The followers said, “It is about Jesus of Nazareth. He was a prophet from God to all the people. He said and did many powerful things.
The devil was suggesting to them that Jesus was not the Son of God.
20 – 24
Our leaders and the leading priests gave him up to be judged and killed. They nailed him to a cross. But we were hoping that he would free the Jews. It is now the third day since this happened. And today some women among us told us some amazing things.
Early this morning they went to the tomb, but they did not find his body there. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels. The angels said that Jesus was alive! So some of our group went to the tomb, too. They found it just as the women said, but they did not see Jesus.”
It makes us wonder, what it will take for us to believe God? The followers could have check their Old Testament to see if they could find the Scriptures that Jesus had showed them about His death and coming back from the dead. Instead, they allowed the devil to bring confusion in their minds. When in doubt, check your Bible!
25 – 27
Then Jesus said to them, “You are foolish and slow to realize what is true. You should believe everything the prophets said. They said that the Christ must suffer these things before he enters his glory.”
Then Jesus began to explain everything that had been written about himself in the Scriptures. He started with Moses, and then he talked about what all the prophets had said about him.
He was born of a virgin. Isaiah 7:14
He was from the family of David. Isaiah 11:10
He was born in Bethlehem. Micah 5:2
He came to Jerusalem on the exact day that Daniel had said. Daniel 9:25 – 26
He was betrayed and sold for thirty pieces of silver, and the money would have to be thrown into the temple. Zechariah 11:13
Can you see that God said all these things would happen to Jesus and there is no one else in history who has lived through all these things?
28 – 32
They came near the town of Emmaus, and Jesus acted as if he did not plan to stop there. But they begged him, “Stay with us. It is late; it is almost night.” So he went in to stay with them.
Jesus sat down with them and took some bread. He gave thanks for the food and divided it. Then he gave it to them. And then, they were allowed to recognize Jesus.
But when they saw who he was, he disappeared. They said to each other, “When Jesus talked to us on the road, it felt like a fire burning in us. It was exciting when he explained the true meaning of the Scriptures.”
Jesus is showing that we do not need to see Him because I few have His Word inside of us it will burn like a fire and lead us. If we could Jesus every day we would not have to walk by faith.
33 – 34
So the two followers got up at once and went back to Jerusalem. There they found the 11 apostles and others gathered. They were saying, “The Lord really has risen from death! He showed himself to Peter.”
Jesus was letting Peter know that he was forgiven. God does not give up on us even when we give up on Him. 2 Timothy 2:13
35. Then the two followers told what had happened on the road. They talked about how they recognized Jesus when he divided the bread.
After the Lord shows us things we need to know in His Word then we are able to see the things He is doing around us.
36 – 43
While the two followers were telling this, Jesus himself stood among those gathered. He said to them, “Peace be with you.”
They were fearful and terrified. They thought they were seeing a spirit. But Jesus said, “Why are you troubled? Why do you doubt what you see? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me. You can see that I have a living body; a spirit does not have a body like this.”
After Jesus said this, he showed them his hands and feet. The followers were amazed and very happy. They still could not believe it. Jesus said to them, “Do you have any food here?” They gave him a piece of cooked fish. While the followers watched, Jesus took the fish and ate it.
False teachers say that Jesus was a spirit and not a man. A spirit does not have the kind of body that eats fish. Revelation 5:6 shows us that we will see the wounds of Jesus even in heaven.
44. He said to them, “Remember when I was with you before? I said that everything written about me must happen—everything in the law of Moses, the books of the prophets, and the Psalms.”
Even though we have read the Bible many times the Lord helps us understand things that we did not really see into before.
45 – 46
Then Jesus opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He said to them, “It is written that the Christ would be killed and rise from death on the third day.
For You will not leave My soul among the dead or allow Your Holy One to decay in the grave. Psalm 16:10
After two days will He revive us: in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight. Hosea 6:2
47 – 49
You saw these things happen—you are witnesses. You must tell people to change their hearts and lives. If they do this, their sins will be forgiven.
You must start at Jerusalem and preach these things in my name to all nations. Listen! My Father has promised you something; I will send it to you. But you must stay in Jerusalem until you have received that power from heaven.”
What does He send us to do? We are sent to show people how to have peace between themselves and God. You cannot share in I am ready to peace until you have peace yourself.
When we give our lives to Christ, we receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit may come on us for a different purpose than He did at the first time. “Those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to Him (Romans 8:9).
50 – 53
Jesus led his followers out of Jerusalem almost to Bethany. He raised his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he was separated from them and carried into heaven. They worshiped him and then went back to the city very happy. They stayed in the Temple all the time, praising God.
Jesus had told them that He had to leave so that the Holy Spirit could come.