by christina Farris 2019
Luke 24:1- 53 KJV
1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:
5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?
6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
8 And they remembered his words,
9 And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.
10 It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.
11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.
12 Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.
13 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.
14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened.
15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.
16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.
17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?
18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?
19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:
20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.
21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.
22 Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre;
23 And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.
24 And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.
25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?
27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
28 And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.
29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.
30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.
31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
33 And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them,
34 Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.
35 And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.
36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.
38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.
41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?
42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.
43 And he took it, and did eat before them.
44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
48 And ye are witnesses of these things.
49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
50 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.
51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.
52 And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:
53 And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.
Belief is the hardest thing to do when it comes to faith. It matters not the evidence God provides for man or mankind to help with belief.Belief is further then trusting the words of another but faith must come from God himself to our hearts.We must know within our own experience Christ has risen from the tomb. This is Easter April 21, 2019, I am written a declaration of faith based on God’s conviction of the heart. Man can teach all things in the world. He teach you to drive a car, can teach you about a stack of books that deals with education, can teach you how to create with crafts and can teach what has been handed down from generation to generation. Until one actually gets behind a car, open a book, mold some clay, or pass down to the next generation the stories of their ancestors no one knows the power of education beyond the hearing. There as to be more to the experience then hearing. The woman at the tomb where convicted by the experience they had of the empty tomb of Christ. They seen two angels that testified Jesus was not hear He was risen. If I had only the women’s testimony would I believe this morning that Jesus was risen. No but I would at least wonder about the women’s experience. There was more then one woman to testify. More then one person to say these things happened before their eyes. We must remember the story in the other Gospels of the empty tomb. Mary Magalene(who Jesus had casted seven demons out of her) was so upset at the empty tomb she wept. Yet she did not have experience of resurrection without Jesus speaking with her after his resurrection, giving her faith and hope that there was eternal life. Hope springs anew but we need to remember what all the women seen. One Gospel explains that earthquake occurred and an angel descended and rolled back the stone and the soldiers guarding the grave of Christ were slain.
Lets stop and regroup the evidence the women had of the experiences woven in all the Gospels was enough to convince them of his resurrection and telling all these things to the men was enough. Reading one Gospel alone might not be enough evidence to convince what happened, but the four Gospels alone is enough to convict the heart to wonder at these things. Peter hearing the women ran to the tomb and found it empty. Yet the story for the disciples for belief of Christ Jesus resurrection did not stop with the women’s testimony but the appearing of Him after the resurrection. Without the resurrection it was just an appearing of a ghostly man. Without the evidence of Christ Jesus eating before them bodily food, He would be ghost or a dream. Christ eating the food was proof of his resurrection. What then can we say. His appearance to the disciples was evidence of who Christ was. Yet we must concur what else happened.
Angels(two men in shining garments) expounded on the scriptures to the women at the tomb. The women passed this information on in their testimony. Jesus not only sat down to eat with the two men that went to Emmaus, but he expounded on scriptures after the men told the story of the women to him. However the men recognized Jesus not In verse 16 the word holden was used to mean held. It means the disciples were listening and probably watching with amazement of this stranger. I use word amazement because if you ever listened to a good story teller or speaker that held your attention, you may of wonder at his eloquence. The fact the disciples knew not Christ is not a mystery. If you not expecting to see someone somewhere it might take you by surprise. You might not even recognize a person. After all the disciples had seen Jesus crucified and buried, would even been going through mental shock along with wondering about the tomb, that Jesus speaking would of been perhaps even more mystifying that it would of held their attention until he left. Upon his disappearing the disciples knew it was Jesus.
The empty tomb was not enough, but appearing of Christ to his twelve disciples and then over 500 more disciples would be a convincing that would shake the world with the preaching, testifying and miracles that would come after Christ ascension into heaven by disciples. It was not enough to know Christ risen but Christ also expounded on scriptures. It not enough to say Christ is risen, but it must be taught why we believe Christ is risen and how scripture prophesied these things that would come to be. I can not just say Christ is risen without telling you about the scriptures to help you believe. Stories of the evangelist walking up and saying repent for the kingdom of heaven at hand, must come with more knowledge of the need for repentance then just sighting a proclamation. We need to teach the scriptures. And one needs not to be a memorizer to teach, but it help if one has that ability. Telling the stories comes with mediation on the word of God and listen to the Holy Spirit. Children repeat what they hear even before they learn to read. You teach them stories that is what they will repeat, and if you teach them verses they will learn to repeat them with repetition. The story of tomb was a repeated story. It was repeated and then written for evidence of our hope in Christ. Yet all truth, the teaching of scripture must come with our own testimony of how Christ changed our life. How through our own troubles, prosperity, and happiness, Christ has made a difference in our life. How God’s word is true even today in our own life.
The empty tomb tells us of our hope in Christ of our own resurrection when He comes to claim his people when He turns. Every eye shall see Jesus and every tongue will confess Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. When that day will come only God the Father knows. We must rest assured He knows when the time is best like, He knew when to send the Savior into the world to pay the price for our sins. We needed hope the hope still there of the empty tomb. Christ is risen, He is not dead, He is alive forever and ever. Amen. The tomb could not hold our Lord, but He had to rise. Our sin buried with Christ can not remain in our life but we must rise to the change brought by faith in Christ Jesus through repentance and confession of sin. Upon belief and repentance our sins are buried with Christ death, and forgiveness of sin brings new hope of eternal life through Christ resurrection and eternal hope of salvation.
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