In the last edition of The Redeemer Series, we witnessed the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. As we move to the final edition of the series, we find heartache, confusion and elation in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Redeemer Lives!
The Redeemer has Risen
As we begin Luke 24, after the women observed the Sabbath, they returned to Jesus’ tomb to prepare the body with oils and spices. What they found confused them. The stone that covered the tomb was rolled away and when they stepped inside, Jesus’ body wasn’t there. They were devastated and confused but as they talked about this, two angels appeared before them. The men explained what had happened to Jesus.
While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ”LUKE 24:4-7
Then it says the women remembered what Jesus had told them.
Then the women went to tell the disciples of what they had seen and heard. But they did not believe them because it sounded like nonsense. But Peter ran to the tomb to see for himself. All he found at the tomb were the strips of linen laying on the floor. These were the linens that Jesus had been wrapped in when they placed his body there. Peter was confused by what he had seen.
Appearing to the Two
There were two men walking to a city outside of Jerusalem called Emmaus. They were discussing the events of the past days and the crucifixion of Jesus. As they were talking, Jesus came up beside them and asked them what they are talking about.
The two men were surprised that he did not know about what had happened in Jerusalem over the past few days. Jesus asked them to tell Him about what happened. As they told the story, they also told that they had been hoping that Jesus was the Redeemer of Israel. Then they told Jesus about how the women went to the tomb and it was empty.
Jesus then told them them about all of the scriptures that told of Himself. And explained that the Messiah had to suffer before He could enter glory. Once they reached their destination, Jesus was continuing to walk. The men asked Jesus to stay with them. As they sat down to eat, Jesus gave them bread and their eyes were opened to who the man was and He disappeared.
They immediately returned to Jerusalem to tell the disciples it is indeed true. That Jesus was alive and they told them everything that happened.
The Redeemer Appears to the Disciples
While the disciples were talking about what they had just heard, Jesus stood appeared before them. The disciples were afraid and Jesus asked them why and showed them His feet and hands. He then asked if they have anything to eat.
Jesus then reminded them of all He had told them. Then He opened their eyes so they could understand the Scriptures.
He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.LUKE 24:46-48
The disciples were told that they were to receive what God had promised. Jesus then told them to stay in the city until He had been clothed from on High.
The Redeemer Ascends
Jesus and the disciples went to a city called Bethany. He raised His hands to bless them and was taken to heaven. They worshipped Him and returned to Jerusalem and continually prayed in the temple.
In looking for ways to apply this part of the story to my daily life, I had some difficulty. The story of the Redeemer, Jesus, rising from the dead on the third day is a real reason to rejoice. But what does this story have to teach me about life today?
1. The Redeemer Can Open our Eyes
There are two instances in this chapter where Jesus opened someone’s eyes to the scriptures. If it had happened just once I am not sure that this would be as important. But because it happened both times that Jesus revealed Himself, I think there is an important lesson to be learned.
Once Jesus reveals Himself to you, are you ready to have your eyes opened? After you have seen Him are you willing to also open your heart to the Word of God? If the answer is yes, then the Redeemer will open your eyes and your heart to the scriptures.
2. We All Need to be Reminded
So, here are these women who are mourning the loss of Jesus and they are greeted by angels that are reminding them of all the things Jesus said would happen. They didn’t argue, they didn’t doubt, they just remembered!
Then they remembered His words.LUKE 24:8
How many times do we have to be reminded of the things that God has already taught us? Through our study time and prayers, God reminds us continually of things He has said before. He gave us the Bible so were could read His words over and over again.
The lesson is in these five little words! God reveals things to us all the time that we may not understand them. But God will remind us about them when they will make sense and we will remember!
3. Go See for Yourself
When the women returned to the disciples to tell them what they had seen, they did not believe them. They thought it was nonsense. But Peter did something different and he went to see for himself.
How many times have we heard a rumor or story that sounded too strange to believe? Do we do like most of the disciples did and just stand around claiming something is nonsense without doing research? Or do we do like Peter did and go find out for ourselves if something is true?
In this instance, Peter found out that what he was told was true. It wasn’t nonsense at all! Jesus was not in the tomb.
This is the end of The Redeemer Series and I hope you have been blessed by this retelling of the last days of Jesus. I hope that you have found some ways to apply these stories to your life today.
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