The Resurrection of Jesus
Luke 24:1-12 (Matthew 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-8; John 20:1-10)
Easter Sunday, Passion Week
(1) Early on Sunday morning—the first day of the week—the women took the fragrant oils they had prepared and went to Jesus’ tomb. (2) When they arrived, they found the large stone rolled away from the opening of the tomb, (3) but when they went inside, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
(4) While they were confused about this, suddenly two men (angels) stood by them, wearing bright shining clothing that looked like lightning. (5) The women were filled with fear and bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why are you looking for the living among the dead? (6) Jesus is not here; he has risen from the dead! Remember how he told you when he was with you in Galilee, (7) ‘The Son of Man (see Daniel 7:13-14) must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified, and raised from the dead on the third day.’ ” (8) Then the women remembered what Jesus had told them.
(9) When the women left the tomb, they told what they saw to the Eleven Apostles and to all the others. (10) It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told everything to the apostles. (11) But they did not believe the women, because they thought what they said was nonsense.
(12) However, Peter got up and ran to the tomb. He bent over, looked inside the tomb, and saw the strips of linen clothes lying there, and so he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.
Jesus Appears to Two Disciples Near Emmaus
Luke 24:13-35 (Mark 16:12-13)
(13) Now that same Sunday, two disciples were walking to the village of Emmaus from Jerusalem, which was located about seven miles (11 km) from Jerusalem. (14) They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. (15) While they were talking, Jesus came up and walked along with them; (16) but they were kept from recognizing him.
(17) Jesus asked them, “What are you talking about?” They stopped, and their faces were very sad. (18) Then one of them, named Cleopas, said, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know what has happened there?” (19) Jesus said, “What things?” They said to him, “About Jesus of Nazareth! He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. (20) The Jewish chief priests and our rulers delivered him over to the Romans to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him. (21) We were hoping that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And it has been three days since all this took place. (22) Also, some of the women disciples surprised us. They went to Jesus’ tomb early this morning, (23) but they didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said that Jesus was raised from the dead and is alive! (24) Then some of the disciples went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”
(25) Jesus said to them, “You are foolish. Are you so slow of heart to believe all that the (Old Testament) prophets have written! (26) Didn’t the Messiah (Christ) have to suffer all these things and then enter his glory?” (27) And beginning with Moses and all the (Old Testament) prophets, Jesus interpreted for them what was said in the Bible concerning himself.
(28) As they approached the village of Emmaus, Jesus acted like he was going to walk farther. (29) But they begged him, “Stay with us, for it is almost night.” So Jesus stayed with them.
(30) When Jesus was eating with them, he took bread, gave thanks to God, broke it and began to give it to them. (31) Then their eyes were opened and they recognized that it was Jesus—but then he immediately disappeared from their sight. (32) They said to each other, “Our hearts were burning within us while he talked to us on the road and explained the Bible (Old Testament) to us!”
(33) They immediately got up and went back up to Jerusalem. When they found the Eleven Apostles and the other disciples together, (34) they were told, “It is true! The Lord has risen from the dead and has appeared to Simon (Peter).” (35) Then the two men told them that Jesus had appeared to them on the road to Emmaus, and how they recognized him when he broke bread.
The Great Commission of Jesus
Luke 24:36-49 (Matthew 28:16-20; Mark 16:15-18; John 20:19-23; Acts 1:6-8)
(36) While they were still talking about these things, Jesus stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you!” (37) But they were all startled and terrified, because they thought they were seeing a ghost. (38) Jesus said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do you have doubts in your minds? (39) Look at my hands and feet. It is me! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones as I do.”
(40) When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. (41) And although they still did not believe it because of their joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” (42) They gave him a piece of cooked fish, (43) and he took it and ate it in front of them.
(44) Jesus said to them, “Remember, this is what I told you would happen when I was with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms (the entire Old Testament).” (45) Then Jesus opened their minds so they could understand God’s word.
(46) He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah (Christ) must suffer and be raised from the dead on the third day, (47) and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be proclaimed in my name to all nations, beginning in Jerusalem. (48) You are all eyewitnesses of these things. (49) I am going to send you the Holy Spirit who my Father has promised; but stay in Jerusalem until you have been anointed with power from heaven.”
Jesus Ascends to Heaven
Luke 24:50-53 (Mark 16:19-20; Acts 1:9-11)
(50) Jesus led them to the area of Bethany on the Mount of Olives. He raised his hands and blessed them. (51) While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. (52) Then they worshiped Jesus and went back to Jerusalem with great joy. (53) And they continually met in the Jerusalem temple, praising God.