As the disciples desperately tried to make sense of Jesus’ death and the report of the empty tomb, they vacillated between hope and fear. Alistair Begg points out that all people find themselves faced with the same quandary: What do we do with a risen Jesus? As Christ’s own words make clear, it’s easy to spend time in His company and yet not recognize Him. Only when God opens our eyes to His truth can we see the big picture and understand our purpose.
13That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles1 from Jerusalem, 14and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 22Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, 23and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” 25And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
If Christ’s death was the end of His life, then the Christian message is the greatest hoax in history. But what if Jesus truly was resurrected, and He continues to live, work, and reign today? How would that reality transform the lives of His followers?
In this series, Alistair Begg walks us through the dismal days following Jesus’ death, the disciples’ shocking discovery that He was alive, and His final, extraordinary departure from the earth. We will learn why we can trust the Bible’s account of these events, why salvation hinges upon Christ’s resurrection, and why we can rest in the knowledge that He never forsakes His own. As Scripture tells us, Jesus continues to advocate for His people today, pleading our case at the right hand of His Father. Our risen Savior gives us every reason to share the Good News with a lost and questioning world.
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|The Resurrection, Part One||Luke 24:1-53|
|The Resurrection, Part Two||Luke 24:1-12|
|Getting the Big Picture||Luke 24:13-27|
|Then They Recognized Him||Luke 24:28-35|
|Peace, Panic, Proof||Luke 24:36-43|
|The Plan and Purpose of God||Luke 24:44-49|
|The Ascension, Part One||Acts 1:1-11 Luke 24:50-53|
|The Ascension, Part Two|
|To The Ends of the Earth||Acts 1:6-8|