Luke 24

The women go to the tomb Sunday morning to apply spices to the body.  They are NOT expecting a resurrection, having forgotten Jesus' prophecy of it after 3 days.  The angels have to remind them.  They go tell the apostles, who don't believe them.  Peter goes to the tomb but leaves wondering what happened.

Jesus appears to two disciples on the road to Emmaus and has them explain why they are sad.  He rebukes them mildly and explains recent events of His from the Scriptures.  In their home, Jesus breaks bread and they recognize Him, but He vanishes right away.  In their excitement, they rush the seven miles back to Jerusalem in the dark to tell the disciples in the upper room.  They are also excited, as Jesus appeared to Peter in the meantime.

Suddenly Jesus is there with them all.  They still have a hard time believing it, but He speaks with them, eats in front of them, then explains all over again from Scripture what the Christ was to do.  He commissions them to be His witnesses - the message is repentance and forgiveness of sins in His name.  He then ascends to heaven.

How patient Jesus is with our slowness of heart to believe!  How frustrating it must have been at the moment of triumph and victory to be met with doubt and fear and confusion, instead of worship and joy.  Still, He gets them over their doubt first, then explains it all.  Our Lord equips us for our calling, to be and make disciples of Himself.

“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen" - Luke 24:5-6

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