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Luke 24:1-35

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The Lord’s Resurrection and Appearance on The Road to Emmaus

Luke 24:1-35

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Lesson Number 59

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The empty tomb is evidence for the resurrection.
  2. The Lord’s appearance is evidence for the resurrection.

Practical Application

  1. Let’s follow the biblical path to a burning heart.

Questions

  1. Discuss the timeframe of the women intending to anoint Jesus’ body.
  2. What convinced Peter of the resurrection?
  3. Did only a few people see the Lord after His resurrection?
  4. At what point did the two disciples on the road to Emmaus realize that it was the Lord speaking to them?
  5. What do you think was the most humorous moment on the road to Emmaus?

Answers

  1. The Lord was crucified and buried on Friday and after the women observed His burial before sunset, they returned home to prepare spices to anoint the body of the Lord. This was the custom for proper burial in those days. But because the next day was Saturday, they rested in accordance with the Law and then came early Sunday morning to the tomb in order to anoint the Lord’s body.
  2. It was not remembering the predictions of our Lord (although this should have been enough). It was the evidence of the empty tomb that convinced him.
  3. No, He appeared on numerous occasions, to hundreds of people. See Acts 1:3 and 1 Corinthians 15:5-8.
  4. After their walk and study together, after they invited Him into their home, during the meal, finally when He prayed and passed the bread to them did they realize who He was.
  5. There were many, but one was certain when Cleopas said to the Lord, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?” Luke 24:18

Discuss/Consider

  1. Discuss the various attempts of skeptics trying to explain away the empty tomb. All of these theories can be refuted. There is only one true reason for the empty tomb – Jesus rose from the dead!
  2. Imagine the amazing Bible Study the two disciples received from the Lord Himself as He opened up the Scriptures to them and showed them how all of the Old Testament Scriptures spoke of the Messiah and pointed forward to Him. Think of all the Messianic prophecies and types and spiritual pictures of Christ in the Old Testament. Do you read the Old Testament with this mindset? Do you read the Old Testament at all?

Challenge

  1. Have you felt your “heart burn” as part of the Christian experience? Getting into the Word of God more and understanding it is the biblical path to a burning heart.

Key Verses

  • “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen!” Luke 24:5-6
  • “But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened.” Luke 24:12
  • "And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” Luke 24:27
  • “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” Luke 24:32

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