Luke 24 Worship the Risen Jesus

Luke 24 Worship the Risen Jesus

Resurrection Sunday, 2016


Remember Luke’s Purpose!

Luke 1:1-4

Everything in Luke is researched eyewitness accounts. Including Luke 24.

Luke gives us three accounts of Jesus’ resurrection to validate the assertion that Jesus is alive.

1. The Women

2. The Two Disciples

3. The Group

Observations of Luke’s Three Accounts of Jesus’ Resurrection

The Women

1. Luke is more concerned with facts than cultural presuppositions about what is trustworthy testimony v. 10

The women are the first to bear witness to the empty tomb. For whatever reason, women were not considered worthy testimony.

Even the apostles don’t believe their testimony (see verse 11).

2. The angels command the women to remember the Lord’s teaching for their own benefit and fulfill their purpose to serve on behalf of those who inherit salvation (Hebrews 1:14) v. 5-8

We now don’t need angels to remind us of Jesus’ words. We have the Holy Spirit whose job it is to remind us, guide us into truth and show us Jesus.

Holy Spirit had not been given yet to indwell, so the King sends some angels.

3. Great hope is beginning to dawn v. 12

Peter’s marveling is a shift in the account. The fog of devastation is lifting and hope is beginning to cut through.

The Two Disciples

1. These two disciples are probably the Cleopas and Mary of John 19:25

“…but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.”

That would make this uncle Cleopas and aunt Mary.

2. This is no chance encounter v. 13-24

Their conversation happened to be about Jesus. v. 14

Jesus draws near to walk with them. v. 15

Jesus keeps them from recognizing him. v. 16

Their confusion and doubt. v. 17-24

3. A gentle rebuke and a treasure trove of instruction v. 25-27

“…slow to believe ALL that the prophets have spoken!”

It’s easy to believe the Messiah passages that talk about Jesus’ rule. It’s harder to incorporate those passages about the Messiah’s suffering.

Oh to be a fly buzzing along old Cleopas’ stinky feet on this day!

One would get to hear the greatest teacher ever interpret (where we get the work hermeneutics from, the science of interpretation) in ALL the Scriptures the things about himself!

4. A little test of desire v. 28-29

Would they still want Jesus after they understood all the hard passages?

5. Jesus opens their eyes and their joy is full v. 30-35

The Whole Group

1. The revelation of resurrected glory v. 36-49

This is 1 Corinthians 15, new heavens and new earth, no sin, no brokenness, resurrected amazingness right here.

Jesus appears. Jesus eats. Jesus is physical. Jesus is spiritual. Jesus is in the state that we will be in.

Philippians 3:20-21

“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.”

2. “I cannot believe it” kind of joy

This is the 1991 NLCS Francisco Cabrera singles and Sid Bream scores from second in the bottom of the 9th kind of “I cannot believe it” kind of joy.

You saw it. You witnessed it. But is was so unlike what you knew and so unbelievable that the reaction is “I can’t believe it”.

Not in disbelief but in disbelieving exuberant joy! The joy is so intense it’s hard to believe.

3. Jesus instruction on how to read and interpret the whole Old Testament v. 44-47


1. Jesus is alive!

2. Jesus makes himself known to his people on purpose

3. Jesus still teaches his people

4. In Jesus Christ there is fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore Psalm 16:11

“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”


1. Worship!

Psalm 147:1 “Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.”

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