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Luke 24

Luke 24

Very early on Sunday morning perhaps before dawn, certain women disciples came to the tomb with burial spices.

Luke 24:1 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.

They found the stone already rolled away and the grave opened

24:2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. 24:3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. 24:4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:

Two angels appeared to them and announced that Christ had already risen; before they had come

24:5 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?

24:6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, 24:7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.

These women then went to tell the news to others

24:8 And they remembered his words, 24:9 And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. 24:10 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. 24:11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.

Peter ran to check for himself, after which Mary Magdalene went back to the tomb and met the risen Yeshua [Jesus].

The women come to the tomb the first time, and run back to tell Peter and John.

Early Sunday morning before sunrise, Mary Magdalene visits the Tomb. Jesus had died about 3 pm on Wednesday and was placed in the tomb shortly afterwards. It would have been necessary to place him in the tomb by about 5 pm or so; so that they could return home and wash for the annual Holy Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread which began at sunset that Wednesday evening, sunset being near seven PM in Jerusalem at that time of year.

That Wednesday Passover was a preparation day for the High Holy Day which was a Thursday; then Friday was the preparation day for the weekly Sabbath, of Saturday.  The first real opportunity for Mary to visit the tomb came very early Sunday morning.

John 20:1    The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.

Mary finding Jesus already gone ran to tell John and Peter

20:2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the LORD out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.

The two men ran to the tomb; John leading the way

20:3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. 20:4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple [John] did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. 20:5 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in [John did NOT immediately go inside the tomb] .

Peter went inside and then John followed him

20:6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, 20:7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. 20:8 Then went in also that other disciple [John], which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.

Then they believed Mary’s report that the body had been moved, still not understanding about the resurrection

20:9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.

The two men returned to the place where they were staying in Jerusalem

20:10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.

Mary remained in the garden weeping, and saw two angels who gave her the good news

20:11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, 20:12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 20:13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my LORD, and I know not where they have laid him.

Then Jesus appears to her, and at first she does not recognize him until he speaks her name

20:14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

20:15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. 20:16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

Then she instantly recognized him when he speaks her name and was about to rush to embrace him when he warns her off. Jesus says that he has not yet ascended to God the Father [to be accepted as our Wave Offering] and that she should not touch him.

Later on the same day, he encourages his disciples to touch him; indicating that he did ascend to God the Father as our Wave Offering to be accepted for us at the time of the Wave Offering which was Lifted up after the Morning Daily Sacrifice. 

The Wave Offering is another appointed time which we are commanded to observe, besides the Passover and the New Moons. We are to assemble together and worship God. 

If we assembled to learn of these things on the days that God has commanded God would bless us with much understanding.

20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

20:18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the LORD, and that he had spoken these things unto her. 20:19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 20:20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side.

Luke 24:12 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.

24:13 And, behold, two [disciples, not of the eleven] of them went that same day to [travelled towards] a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs [a little over seven miles away].

24:14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 24:15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. 24:16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.

Jesus meets with the two disciples who were not of the eleven

24:17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? 24:18 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? 24:19 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:24:20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.

24:21 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.

24:22 Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre; 24:23 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. 24:24 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.

Jesus expounds the scriptures and teaches these two men the prophecies of Christ

24:25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: 24:26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

These two men were hungering and thirsting after understanding and recognizing that this stranger, unknown to them; understood the scriptures they begged him to remain with and continue teaching them.

They did not reject him as a stranger, but accepted the obvious truth that he taught them.  Brethren, truth is truth whoever speaks it.

24:28 And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further [indicated that he would not stop at the village but was going farther]. 24:29 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.

They recognized him when he blessed and broke bread for them. This seems to indicate that they were also at the last Passover of Christ. There may have been many more than the twelve at that Passover meal.

24:30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. 24:31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.

These two then immediately rose up and returned to the eleven to give them the news. Now consider their excitement as they had journeyed over seven miles away, and then turned back to journey the seven miles back to Jerusalem.

Then as the two were telling their story to the eleven, Christ appeared in their midst.

24:32 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? 24:33 And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, 24:34 Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. 24:35 And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.

Jesus then invited the brethren to handle him; showing that during that Sunday, he did indeed ascend to God the Father to be accepted for us.

24:36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 24:37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. 24:38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do [fearful] thoughts arise in your hearts? 24:39 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. 24:40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.

24:41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? 24:42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. 24:43 And he took it, and did eat before them.

Jesus then begins to further explain what he had taught while in the flesh concerning the prophets regarding Messiah and salvation.

24:44 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.

Jesus then gives them the gift of the Holy Spirit of understanding

John 20:20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

20:21  Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

20:22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost [Spirit]:

All Christ’s disciples are to preach repentance and remission of sins in his name

Luke 24:45 Then opened he their understanding [by giving then the Holy Spirit], that they might understand the scriptures, 24:46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 24:48 And ye are witnesses of these things.

Jesus had given those present in the room the Comforter [the Holy Spirit], and told them to wait in Jerusalem until Pentecost; for a public giving of the Spirit to all the disciples. 

24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye [all the called out and sincerely repentant] be endued with power from on high.

Then they worshiped Christ, which is not lawful unless he were a member of the God Family of Elohim (Mighty Ones).

24:50 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. 24:51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. 24:52 And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: 24:53 And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.

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