By Pastor Bruce K. Oyen
One of the fundamental doctrines of Bible-believing Christianity is the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. A careful reading of the many New Testament accounts of it reveals at least these points: 1) His body was raised from the dead. It was the same body that by which he did many things. For example, in his body the Lord walked the streets of Jerusalem, ate food, hung on a cross, and was buried in a borrowed tomb. 2) His bodily resurrection was easily proven. Many individuals saw him after he had been raised from the dead. The apostle Paul wrote in chapter 15 of his first letter to the Corinthians of the abundant evidence of his literal, physical resurrection. 3)One of Paul’s statements in that chapter proves that the Lord’s resurrection is a fundamental of the Christian faith. Paul’s statement was that if the Lord had not been raised from the dead, the Christian’s faith is in vain. In other words, if he was not raised from the dead, why believe in a dead Lord and Savior who cannot save us, cannot forgive us?
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What follows is a helpful study of the 24th chapter of Luke’s Gospel, which has to do with the Lord’s resurrection. The study was done by a A. C. Gaebelein, a conservative Bible scholar of many years ago. Fortunately, his many commentaries on the Bible are in print and on the internet. Gaebelein first gives an overview of the chapter, and then makes comments on it. The online source is found at the end, but here it is, too: www.studylight.org. If you click on the link, you then need to click on the button for commentaries, and then look for A. C. Gaebelein’s commnetaries on the whole Bible.
VII. His Resurrection and Ascension
1. The Resurrection. (Luke 24:1-12)
2. The Walk to Emmaus; the Appearance of the Risen Son of Man. (Luke 24:13-35)
3. The Appearance to the Eleven. (Luke 24:36-45)
4. The Commission. (Luke 24:46-48)
5. The Ascension. (Luke 24:49-53.)
The account of the Resurrection in Luke’s Gospel has also its characteristic features. He alone reports the full account of the walk to Emmaus. It is a precious story showing forth the fact that the risen One is the same tender, loving, sympathizing friend of His own. He joined Himself to the two disciples, who bad left Jerusalem. Their hearts were filled with Sadness and perplexity. He Himself drew near and their eyes were holden that they could not recognize Him. In a perfectly human way He joined Himself to them and asked them about their troubles. Then He reproved them for their unbelief and opened the Scriptures unto them. Constrained by them, He abides with them, as He always will with those who belong to Him. In the breaking of bread, their eyes were opened and they knew Him and He vanished from them. They returned to Jerusalem where they found abundant proof that the Lord is risen indeed.
The appearance to Simon is not fully made known. What took place between the Lord and the disciple who failed Him is a blessed secret between them. He then appeared again with His gracious “Peace be unto you.” He showed them His hands and feet. He had a body of flesh and bones. He was not a phantom, but a real man. His body was real for He ate fish and honeycomb. All this belongs properly to the Gospel of the Manhood. It is the fullest demonstration of His physical resurrection. All the wicked “isms,” including Russellism and Christian Science, which deny His physical resurrection stand here fully convicted.
It may be well to mention here the twelve distinct appearances of our Lord after His resurrection. He appeared:
2. To the women returning from the sepulchre. Matthew 28:9-10
3. To Simon Peter alone. Luke 24:34
4. To the two disciples going to Emmaus. Luke 24:13, etc.
5. To the apostles at Jerusalem, except Thomas who was absent. John 20:19
6. To the apostles at Jerusalem, a second time, when Thomas was present. John 20:26-29.
7. At the sea of Tiberias, when seven disciples were fishing. John 21:1
8. To the eleven disciples, on a mountain in Galilee. Matthew 28:16
9. To above five hundred brethren at once. 1 Corinthians 15:6
10. To James only. 1 Corinthians 15:7
11. To all the apostles on Mount Olivet at His ascension. Luke 24:51.
12. To Paul as an untimely birth. 1 Corinthians 15:8-9.
The Gospel of Luke ends with the commission given to His disciples and the ascension of the Lord “while He blest them.”
The Arno Gaebelein’s Annotated Bible is a derivative of a public domain electronic edition.
Gaebelein, Arno Clemens. “Commentary on Luke 24:1”. “Gaebelein’s Annotated Bible”. http://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gab/view.cgi?bk=41&ch=24. 1913-1922.