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Luke 24 – Meeting The Apostles Again

by Jill

In the final chapter of the Gospel of Luke, we encounter the profound events following the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This chapter offers a powerful narrative that highlights the astonishment, disbelief, and eventual joy experienced by Jesus’ followers.

The Empty Tomb

Early on the first day of the week, a group of women, including Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary, the mother of James, went to Jesus’ tomb with spices they had prepared for His body. To their surprise, they found the stone rolled away and the tomb empty. As they stood perplexed, two men in dazzling apparel appeared, asking, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here but has risen.” The women were reminded of Jesus’ prophecy about His resurrection and hurried back to tell the apostles. Despite their excitement, the apostles dismissed their words as idle tales. However, Peter, driven by curiosity and hope, ran to the tomb and found it empty, with the linen cloths lying by themselves.

The Road to Emmaus

Later that day, two disciples were walking to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. As they discussed the recent events, Jesus Himself joined them, though they did not recognize Him. Engaging them in conversation, Jesus explained the Scriptures that foretold His suffering and glory. When they reached Emmaus, they invited Him to stay with them. During the meal, Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them. In that moment, their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him. However, He vanished from their sight. Filled with awe, they immediately returned to Jerusalem to share their encounter with the apostles.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

While the disciples were discussing these events, Jesus suddenly stood among them and said, “Peace to you!” Startled and frightened, they thought they were seeing a spirit. To prove His physical resurrection, Jesus showed them His hands and feet and ate a piece of broiled fish. He then opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, explaining that His suffering and resurrection were necessary for the forgiveness of sins to be proclaimed to all nations.

The Ascension

Jesus led His disciples out to Bethany, where He lifted His hands, blessed them, and was carried up into heaven. The disciples, filled with great joy, returned to Jerusalem and were continually in the temple, praising God.


Luke 24 encapsulates the transformative power of the resurrection. From the empty tomb to the road to Emmaus and the ascension, each event underscores the fulfillment of prophecy and the birth of a new mission for Jesus’ followers. The chapter calls us to witness and share the message of resurrection and hope with the world.

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