According to Luke, on the day of Jesus’ resurrection, the women that followed him from Galilee went to the tomb. They were perplexed at the missing body. Two men stood by them in shining garments, “why seek ye the living among the dead?” These men did not ask the women, “do you remember.” These men said, “Remember how He spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee.” And they remembered Jesus saying the Son of man must be crucified and the third day rise again. The women returned to the disciples and told them what they witnessed. Verse 11 says the women’s testimony was fiction to the disciples ears. “They believed them not.” Peter, Praise God, began a Faith Awakening.
“Then arose Peter” – Luke 24:12
The Bible says Peter got up and ran to the tomb. I believe he ran faster than he had run in many years. I believe he was sweating when he entered the empty tomb. “And stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.”
The next verse starts the road to Emmaus. This account of Christ’s appearance is recorded only in the gospel of Luke.
Imagine yourself hearing Jesus and not knowing it was Jesus.
Imagine yourself being astounded by a strangers knowledge of your master.
Imagine a Man you witnessed being crucified three days ago walking 7 1/2 miles with you and REGENERATING the faith you once had.
The Man they had witnessed being crucified three days ago was walking 7 1/2 miles with them and regenerating the faith they once had. This man had other places to go, but “they constrained Him, saying, Abide with us.” The Man tarried with them for dinner. He took bread and brake it and blessed it and…. (THEY RECOGNIZED HIM) disappeared.
How AWESOME it was to know him?
How SAD it was for Him to disappear. Remember: They had not the Holy Spirit to comfort them. How perplexed were they now? That very hour they returned the three furlongs (or 7.5 miles) to the disciples in Jerusalem.
They told the disciples, “The Lord has risen indeed!”
WITH PASSION, READ THIS IN GOD’S WORD-
Luke 24:1-35 King James Version
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.
2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:
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?
6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
8 And they remembered his words,
9 And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.
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.
11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.
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.
13 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.
14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened.
15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.
16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.
17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?
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?
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:
20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.
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.
22 Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre;
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 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.
25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?
27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
28 And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.
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.
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.
31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
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?
33 And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them,
34 Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.
35 And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.