Monday, April 9, 2012

Luke Bible Study Notes Chapter 24

Luke 24

-The resurrection account is given with some details and outline in this last chapter of the book. The other gospels have given further and actually a more detailed account of Christ’s resurrection than Luke, but he does give us insight as to some names of the women that went to the tomb and saw the stone rolled away with the vision they saw from the angels.

-Luke is the only gospel writer to share with us the account of the two men, Cleopas and an unidentified man, who encountered Jesus on the road to their village in Emmaus, seven miles basically west of Jerusalem. Jesus comes to them in an unrecognizable fashion at first and gets all the information that is on their hearts as they are talking and discussing the events which had just transpired with a sense of sadness.

-Jesus rebukes them as being foolish and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets had spoken (Luke 24:45). He related to them that is was necessary for the Christ to suffer in order to enter His glory (i.e. The Kingdom has begun!). Then beginning with Moses (the torah, the first five books of the Bible) and then all the other prophets, He explained to them the things concerning the Messiah in all the Scriptures.

-As they came to Emmaus, they implored Him to come in and stay the night with them as He acted as if He would continue on further on His journey. He does go to their house and is about to eat, but as He blesses the food they recognize Him and He vanishes.

-They relate to each other how their hearts were burning while He spoke with them explaining the Scriptures. *Application* This is Holy Spirit fire as it comes upon us and illuminates us to the truth of God’s work in our lives. Oh that we would continually abide in Him and let that presence burn within us (John 15:5).

-the two men arise that very hour and run back to Jerusalem to proclaim what they had experienced to the eleven (disciples) and those who were with them. These were proclaiming how Simon (Peter) had seen the Lord as well. While this was happening, Jesus stood in their midst pronouncing peace upon them. They were startled and frightened and concluded they were seeing a spirit, but Jesus gave them proofs of His flesh and bones. Then He asked them for something to eat. *Application* God will give us all the proof we need to verify our faith in Him as we ask and seek Him (Matthew 7:7, Luke 11:9).

-Then, in conclusion, Christ tells them that these are His words, which He had previously taught them, that everything written about Him in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled. “Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures (Luke 24:45).” He taught them again that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead on the third day, that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His Name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem, and that they were witnesses to these things. Then Jesus tells them that He is sending the promise of His Father (i.e. the Holy Spirit) upon them. He gives them instructions to stay in the city (Jerusalem) until they are clothed with power from on high. Then Luke gives us a brief account of His ascension and the joyful atmosphere of the disciples following these events. Luke’s narrative continues in the book of Acts with the early church and the works of God’s Holy Spirit.

Verse to Memorize: Luke 24:45

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