by Philip Layton
The resurrected Jesus appears to his disciples and ascends into Heaven
- What day of the week did Jesus come back to life? How many days and nights does this mean he was dead for?
- Was Jesus’ body tangible? What evidence is there?
- Where is Heaven (v 51)?
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Going Deeper from 'Words of Life'
Jesus died, then was buried. Those close to him were full of grief and deep sorrow. On the first day of the week, early in the morning, some women went to the tomb with their spices, intending to anoint Jesus’ body. But the stone had been rolled away. Two angels told them Christ had risen!
Overwhelmed with great joy, they rushed back and told the Eleven the wonderful news. But they were not so sure of the women’s story.
That same day, two apostles – Cleopas and another follower – were walking to a village called Emmaus. They were discussing all that had transpired over recent days. As they talked, ‘Jesus himself drew near’. But they weren’t expecting to see Jesus again. Their eyes were prevented from recognising him (v 16).
Have we ever failed to ‘recognise’ Jesus in a situation or in another person? Failed to see Jesus ministering through someone else? Failed to see Jesus in the face of a child? Failed to see Jesus bringing comfort, peace, healing, restoration? When Jesus drew near he didn’t chide his companions for not anticipating their Saviour’s resurrection. He simply reminded his friends of the prophecies of the Old Testament, telling of the Messiah who would sacrifice his life for the whole world, then would rise again and reign for ever in his Kingdom.
When they finally sat down together for a meal, Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke it and gave it to them. Their eyes were suddenly opened. They knew it was the risen Lord.
Lord Jesus, open my eyes today so that I can see you in situations, in people. Draw near to me, I pray, so I can tell you again how much I love you. And help me ‘be Jesus’ for others – all for your glory!
Beverly IvanyTags: Luke