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Dear Brethren and Friends,
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We have a living Saviour! Jesus is risen from the dead! The Apostle Paul testifies in 1 Corinthians 15:1–8 “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.”– Bro Jose
JESUS’ RESURRECTION (Luke 24:1–53)
Jesus rises from the dead (v. 1–12)
The first day of the week – Jesus rose on the first day of the week, Sunday. This is why Christians gather for worship on the first day of the week, also called the Lord’s Day. Jesus conquered death. The Lord’s Day is the day where we worship and give thanks to God, for He chose to rise on this day.
Bodily from the dead – Jesus rose bodily from the grave as the angels told Mary and the company. The angels declared He is alive and should not be sought among the dead. Jesus is no more in the grave, so He is not anymore on the cross, refuting what the Roman Catholics promote.
Fulfilment of prophecy – The angels further declared how the Lord Jesus Christ fulfilled the scriptures when He rose from the dead. As the angels recalled the predictions, the disciples understood the miraculous event during that resurrection. The women who probably did not hear what Jesus prophesied concerning His resurrection did not believe right away, but Peter and the apostles remembered it right well.
Jesus reveals Himself (v. 13–29)
He revealed physically – Jesus showed Himself bodily to His disciples. These two disciples were supposed to understand since they had heard Jesus speak many times concerning His resurrection. Yet they lacked understanding because of their unbelief and fear for what had just happened. They only thought that Jesus was to deliver them from the power of the Roman Empire.
He revealed orally – Jesus, however, mercifully spoke and revealed Himself to them. He reproved them for not believing what they ought to have known already. Not once but several times did Jesus foretell His death and resurrection. Nevertheless, the disciples lacked the faith to believe in His Words. They were not like their father Abraham who believed in the resurrection even before Jesus was born into this world as a man (Hebrews 11).
He revealed scripturally – Jesus did not explain to them using the words of men, but He used the Words of God. He expounded unto them the Scriptures. He declared unto them the whole counsel of God from Genesis to the Book of Revelation. Genesis 3:15 was the first gospel where God the Father announced His great plan of salvation. It ends in the Book of Revelation, where He will be reigning over His people forever. He explained to them that His crucifixion, death and resurrection were necessary for the salvation of souls.
Jesus communes with the disciples (v. 30–43)
By breaking bread – Jesus communed with the disciples through a meal. When they took the bread, their eyes were opened. They remembered the words which Jesus declared before His death. Jesus disappeared and the disciples told the Apostles of their experience.
By comforting words – Jesus did not only appear to a few but to all His disciples. He greeted them with peace. The risen Lord corrected their unbelief because they remained distraught when they saw Him. He also questioned their hearts and challenged them to touch His hands and feet to prove them. They did not believe Jesus was alive.
By partaking of food –The Lord said they should not be troubled, for He is not a Spirit but the resurrected Saviour who has flesh and bones. He communed with His disciples spiritually and with physical bounties. This shows that glorified bodies can eat. Jesus proved this to them by showing he could eat.
Jesus commissions the disciples (v. 44–46)
Fulfilment of the Scriptures – After the Lord Jesus Christ revealed Himself to His disciples, He commissioned them to preach the gospel or the good news. Jesus explained to them that all things which happened were fulfillments of the prophecies of the Old Testament.
Understanding of the Scriptures – It is essential to understand the whole counsel of God. A summary of gospel presentation must include the fall of man, the grace of God, the sinfulness of man, the holiness of God and the depravity of man and the sovereignty of God.
Truth of the Scriptures – The gospel contents must include the truth of what had happened. Jesus declared His sufferings and how He rose from the dead in the third day. It must be noted, that God was the one who opened their understanding of the scriptures. Without the grace of God upon man, no man will understand the truth of the gospel.
Jesus describes the message (v. 47–48)
Repentance – The core message of the gospel is to acknowledge man’s sinfulness. Admitting sin in life should convey also the idea of its consequences which include death, judgment and hell. This abhorrence of sin causes the person to change his mind and turn his back away from sin. It does not suggest sinless perfection but a sincere desire to do away with sin and live holy for the Lord.
Faith – The necessary component of the gospel does not end with repentance of sin but must direct the person to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The sin-convicted man must realize he cannot do anything to keep himself away from the consequences of sin. He must believe that only Jesus can save him, for no man comes to the Father in heaven but by Him (John 14:6).
Witness – The inevitable consequence of faith is to witness. There is willingness to share the gospel. Not all, however, are able to speak for the Lord. Yet in the heart there is a yearning to reach out for others. It may be a prayerful desire but the Lord knows. This is the first fruit of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life.
Jesus’ promises to his disciples (v. 49–53)
Power – Jesus promised to empower them as they witness for Him. This power is not temporal or of man but of God from on high. It is the power of God in the believer’s life which causes him to persevere until death or until the rapture. This power is by the Holy Spirit who indwells the believer.
Blessings – Aside from the spiritual blessings secured by God for His own children, He promised also to bless them with the things they need. Jesus further said, “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?” and “Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?” (Mt. 6:26,30).
Great Joy – All who have experienced the salvation of the Lord shall surely have great joy. For what a believer will not rejoice greatly knowing that he is exempted from the eternal punishment of hell? If a Christian is not joyful with his new life in Christ, he does not understand truly how tormenting life in hell is. He does not know the exceeding joy of living in a paradise with God as well.
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