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    On the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb … (Luke 24:1a).  
    Read Luke 24:1-12
    The women don’t waste a moment making their way to the tomb. In a climate where decay rapidly sets in on a corpse, they want to complete their work, while they can still handle Jesus’ body. They needn’t have hurried; God refused to give death any victory over His Son’s body, including any hint of decay. Also, by the time they arrived, Jesus was already gone.

    As they reached the tomb, they found the stone rolled away. While the women are looking in, two angels appear as young men in the prime of life, wearing dazzling clothes. Immediately, the women are gripped with fear.

    The angels point out the folly in what these women are doing: “Why are you looking for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen!” Then they remind the women of Jesus’ predictions and the divine necessity behind His suffering. God’s divine love for fallen humans required Jesus’ suffering and death to remove our sins. They mention three essentials: Jesus had to be delivered into the hands of men, die by crucifixion, and rise again in glory.

    At these words the women remember, quickly returning to report them to the 11 apostles, and the other believers with them. Peter sets out for the tomb, stoops down to look into it, and sees with his own eyes the linen bands, empty and undisturbed. Even with this clear evidence of Jesus’ miraculous resurrection, Peter still isn’t ready to accept it as truth. Instead, he goes away wondering exactly what has actually happened.

    THE PRAYER: Almighty God, thank You for the joyous news of the angels: my Lord is risen! I pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.






    And He said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” … (Luke 24:17).  
    Read Luke 24:13-35
    On this day of Jesus’ resurrection, two of His followers are walking to a nearby village called Emmaus. Jesus begins walking with them, but they are kept from recognizing Him. When the stranger asks them what they are discussing, they stop dead in their tracks, stunned that anyone coming from Jerusalem could be unaware of the things that have happened there.

    They talk about the powerful prophet Jesus, whom they had believed to be the Messiah, about the horrible end He met, about the chief priests who delivered Him up to be crucified. They add the bitter disappointment of hoping He was the One who would ransom Israel, and they relate the women’s confusing report about angels at the tomb.

    After letting them unload their grief and sorrow, Jesus begins to solve their mystery. They had been quick to believe the glorious things about the Messiah, but they stubbornly resisted the passion He predicted and the words the prophets had spoken. The Christ first had to pay the ransom price for sins; only then could He enter the glory the Jews had focused on for so long.

    When they reached Emmaus, Jesus sat down with them at the table. He blessed and broke the bread, and while He was giving it to them their eyes were opened to recognize Him. Then He vanished from their sight. They discuss the way their hearts warmed with new faith, assurance and joy, when they finally understood the Messiah’s work.

    They then return to Jerusalem to tell the other disciples. They are greeted with shouts: “The Lord truly arose! And He appeared to Simon.” Then the two tell their story.

    THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus, thank You for taking the time to teach Your disciples and us about the ransom You paid to free us from our sins. Receive our joyful thanksgiving. Amen.
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