Herald Journal Columns
April 1, 2002

But on the first day of the week . . .


But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, bringing the spices which they had prepared.

And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

And it happened that while they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling apparel;

And as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them,

"Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen."

"Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified and the third day rise again."

And they remembered His words, and returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the 11 and to all the rest.

Now they were Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James; also the other women with them were telling these things to the apostles.

And these words appeared to them as nonsense, and they would not believe them.

But Peter arose and ran to the tomb, stooping and looking in he saw the linen wrappings only; and he went away to his home marveling at that which had happened.

And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. And they were conversing with each other about all these things which had taken place.

And it came about that while they were conversing and discussing Jesus Himself approached an began traveling with them.

But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him.

And He said to them, "What are these words that you are exchanging with one another as you are walking?" And they stood still, looking sad.

And one of them, named Cleopas, answered and said to Him "Are You the only one visiting Jerusalem and unaware of the things which have happened here in these days?"

And He said to them "What things?" And they said to Him, "The things about Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word in the sight of God and all the people, and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him up to the sentence of death and crucified Him.

But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened.

But also some women among us amazed us. When they were at the tomb early in the morning, and did not find His body, they came, saying that they had also seen a vision of angels, who said that He was alive.

And some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just exactly as the women also had said, but Him they did not see."

And He said to them "O foolish men and slow to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?"

And beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the scriptures. And they approached the village where they were going and He acted as though He would go farther.

And they urged Him, saying "Stay with us, for it is getting toward evening and the day is now nearly over." And He went in to stay with them.

And it came about that when He had reclined at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed it, and breaking it, He began giving it to them.

And their eyes were opened. They recognized Him and He vanished from their sight.

And they said to one another "Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the scriptures to us?"

And they arose that very hour and returned to Jerusalem and found gathered together the 11 and those who were with them, saying "The Lord has really risen and has appeared to Simon."

And they began to relate their experiences on the road and how He was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread.

And while they were telling these things, He Himself stood in their midst.

But they were startled and frightened and thought that they were seeing a spirit.

And He said to them "Why are you troubled and why do doubts arise in your hearts?

See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have."

And it came about that while He was blessing them, He parted from them. And they returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple, praising God.

Luke 24:1-39, 51-53 NASB

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