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Luke  ◦   Chapter 24

1Early on Sunday morning — the first day of the week — the women went to the tomb, carrying the spices they had prepared.2When they arrived, they found the stone rolled away from the tomb,3and when they entered, the body of the Lord Jesus was not there.4While they were considering what this could mean, suddenly, two angels, in the form of men, dressed in clothing as brilliant as lightening, stood beside them.5Frightened, the women dropped to their knees and bowed with their faces to the ground, but the angels said to them, "Why are you looking for the living where the dead are found?6He is not here; he has arisen from the dead! Don't you remember that he told you, when he was with you in Galilee,7'The Son of Man must be delivered into the power of evil men, be crucified, and on the third day rise again'8Then his words came back to them.

9When they returned from the tomb, they told the Eleven and the others all that happened.10It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told the interns what had transpired,11but the men didn’t believe the women, because what they said was so incredible that it didn’t seem real.12Peter, however, went to check for himself. He ran to the tomb, and bending over, saw the strips of linen lying there that had wrapped Jesus' body. He walked away, trying to figure out what it all meant.

13That very same day, two interns were walking to a town called Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem,14discussing all the events that had just happened.15As they were talking, Jesus himself came up and began walking with them,16but they didn't recognize who he was.

17He asked them, "What are you talking about?" They stopped, their faces filled with sorrow.18One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, "Are you visiting Jerusalem? Haven't you heard the news about everything that has happened in the past few days?"

19"What has happened?" Jesus asked. So they told him: "Jesus of Nazareth was a spokesman of God, filled with the power from God. He revealed the truth about God in word and deed to all the people,20but the church leaders, senior pastors, lawyers and theology professors plotted against him and accused him falsely, and turned him over to be sentenced to death. They crucified him.21But we had really thought he was the One who would heal and restore Israel. Oh, and today is the third day since the crucifixion.22And some of the women brought us the most incredible news. They told us they went to the tomb early this morning,23but his body was gone. They said they were visited by angels, who told them, 'Jesus is alive.'24Then some of our fellow interns went to the tomb and found it empty — as the women had said — but they did not see him."

25Then Jesus said to them, "How much you don't understand, and how reluctant you are to believe what God's spokespersons have said!26Didn't the Messiah have to go through all of these things in order to complete his mission, procure the Remedy, and enter his glory?"27Then, beginning with Moses and going through all the Old Testament, he explained to them what was said about himself in all the Scriptures.

28As they approached Emmaus, Jesus indicated that he was going to continue traveling farther,29but they passionately requested, "Please stay with us! It's almost dark; the day is over." So he went in to stay with them.

30At the dinner table, he took the bread, gave thanks, then broke it and gave it to them.31Then they recognized him, but he simply disappeared from their presence.32They said to each other, "Did not our hearts burn with conviction, certainty, joy and relief when he spoke to us and explained the Scriptures to us?"

33So they got up and set out immediately for Jerusalem. When they arrived, they found the Eleven and the others meeting together,34who said, "It's true! Jesus has risen from the dead and has appeared to Simon."35Then the two from Emmaus told what happened to them, and how Jesus appeared to them, explained the Scriptures to them, and broke bread with them.

36While they were all discussing this, suddenly Jesus himself appeared right there among them and said, "Relax, it's me. Don't be afraid."

37But they were shocked and afraid, thinking superstitiously that it might be a ghost.38So he said to them, "Why do you think such thoughts, and why do you let doubts into your minds?39Look at me: it's me! Look at my hands and feet. Come and touch me and see for yourselves. A ghost doesn't have flesh and bones; and as you can see–I have."

40After saying this, he held out his hands, and also showed them his feet.41But they still had trouble believing, because it seemed too good to be true, so he asked them, "Do you have anything to eat?"42They gave him a piece of broiled fish,43and he took it and ate it while they watched.

44He smiled and said to them, "This is exactly what I told you was going to happen, when I was still with you: All things must happen as it is written about me in the books of Moses and the rest of the Old Testament."

45Then he went on explaining the Scripture, opening their understanding to what it really means.46He told them, "This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and then rise from the dead on the third day,47and the Remedy–which transforms lives, eradicating fear and selfishness and regenerating people to live in harmony with God's kingdom of love, thus putting sinfulness into remission–will be taken in his name to the entire world, starting in Jerusalem.48You are the witnesses to what I have achieved.49I am going to send you what my Father has promised, but remain here, in the city, until you have been equipped with the power from heaven."

50After leading them out near Bethany, he held up his hands and blessed them.51While he was blessing them, he left them and went home to heaven.52They worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem overwhelmed with joy.53And they spent all their time at the temple praising God.