Luke 24 is a awesome description of the events of Jesus’ resurrection.
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. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: 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? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
Luke 24:1-6 KJV
The women are brave venturing out with the tomb guarded by Roman soldiers. They come face to face with angels who give them the great unexpected news; they went prepared to face death but instead they met SUPERNATURAL LIFE!
When you think you face death you will face life and life eternal
This Easter we are confined because of the Coronavirus crisis. God is promising us today that we may be facing infection and death but God says in Him you will face life and life eternal.
The need for attention and discernment
The angels said; “Did He not say that after 3 days would rise again. ” It is obvious that they were not attentive. One thing is hearing, one thing is being attentive with our discernment. We need as “Jesus rises” in our generation to be attentive to Him.
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. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: 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? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? 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? 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: And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. 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.
Luke 24:1-6, 13-21 KJV
But we trusted…
Luke 24, tells us how we face death, we face hopelessness and how Jesus and his resurrection changes everything. He joins 2 disciples who are downcast and are dismayed and Jesus purposely hides Himself from being recognised.
Jesus hears them describe Himself as a prophet. And He sets to open to them that that which they did not expect was planned to perfection. There are situations we pass, experiences we go through that we wonder why. Yet God in His Word shows us the process which He gave us power and strength albeit sad and devastated and Jesus Himself comes to us to open the Scriptures.
The Scriptures map out God’s purpose for Jesus, for His Church, for us. All we need is Jesus to open our understanding to His Word to us, that what we go through and what we experience is EXACTLY ordained to win for us a weight of glory 2 Corinthians 4.8
He is known at the Covenant Table
At the table, as He shared in their home 🏡 their eyes are opened and they see not just a prophet but their Lord.
And it came to pass, as he sat at the table with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. 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? And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.
Luke 24:1-6, 13-17, 30-34 KJV
As their eyes open all the Scriptures made sense. Indeed the Lord has risen! Indeed His words were true. Then the Kingdom made sense, for who conquers death must be a King 🤴 Indeed.
For today in our various homes and countries Jesus desires to be revealed afresh. At our table to break bread 🍞 with us. So that we may see that as He fellowships with us He extends Covenant. May we see that our hearts 💕 are ardent within us as He speaks things which only God knows, and we glimpse the eternal purpose.
So Easter Sunday is not about a suffering servant but a Victorious King who comes to lift us up and gives us a higher vision with a higher purpose!