Key Verse | Luke 24:6-7

"He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise."

Scripture | Luke 24

The Resurrection

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, 11 but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.

On the Road to Emmaus

13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles 1 24:13 Greek sixty stadia; a stadion was about 607 feet or 185 meters from Jerusalem, 14 and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then 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?” 19 And 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, 20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21 But 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. 22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and 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. 24 Some 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.” 25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29 but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” 33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

36 As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” 37 But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. 38 And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 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.” 40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41 And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 2 24:42 Some manuscripts add and some honeycomb 43 and he took it and ate before them.

44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance for 3 24:47 Some manuscripts and the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

The Ascension

50 And he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. 51 While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and were continually in the temple blessing God.


[1] 24:13 Greek sixty stadia; a stadion was about 607 feet or 185 meters
[2] 24:42 Some manuscripts add and some honeycomb
[3] 24:47 Some manuscripts and

The Living Jesus Means a Trustworthy Jesus

Devo | Luke 24

In Luke 24:6, we read the most hopeful words ever written in all of history: "He is not here; he has risen!" (Luke 24:6, NIV). The one they hoped would redeem Israel and who claimed to be...

In Luke 24:6, we read the most hopeful words ever written in all of history: "He is not here; he has risen!" (Luke 24:6, NIV). The one they hoped would redeem Israel and who claimed to be the Son of God is no longer dead. 

Through the resurrection of Jesus, we see that God once again keeps His promises. Here, God promised that Jesus "should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead." (Luke 24:46) Wow! Can we stop for a moment to thank God that we follow the risen Jesus? Additionally, God is so kind not only to tell us about the empty tomb through Luke, but through many more eyewitnesses (1 Corinthians 15:5-8). Therefore, we can trust that Jesus is truly the living king.

The truth of the resurrection sets Christianity apart from every other religion in the world. It also changes lives. During my two greatest seasons of grief, the passing of my hero grandmother and experiencing a miscarriage this summer, the resurrection was my only hope! I remember crying with pain in those moments but also crying with thanksgiving that Jesus is alive. Because He is alive, I do not have to mourn as one who is without hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13).

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Discussion Questions

1. How has the truth of the resurrection changed your life? If you haven't trusted in Jesus, what is keeping you from believing Him?

2. Do you allow the truth of the resurrection to influence your response to circumstances in your life right now? If not, what is keeping you from applying this hope to your circumstances?

3. Who in your life needs to hear that Jesus is alive and wants them to know Him?

Meet Sara Meyers

My name is Sara Meyers, and I am married to the sweetest guy ever, Mr. Chris Meyers. We enjoy loving on our two-year-old, Samantha, and watching her enjoy our Aussie Shepherd, Bucky. I have been satisfied by the goodness of Jesus and want to start every day from a place of eternal satisfaction.

6 Comments available

Hugh Stephenson 2 months ago

GM Sara! Love your call on the promises of God. Over 7,000 of them. And all true.

So here we are. Luke 24. 188 days in to NT gold.

So here I sit. Reflecting on Luke 24 and getting emotional. Which is uncomfortable in an airport lounge.

I am so grateful for the work the Lord continues to do in my life as I dive, (scuba not snorkel), into His word daily.

This chapter is such a pivot point.

In Luke 24:1 I center on the phrase “…at early dawn…”.

I like this way of expressing it:

New Day New Dawn New Light Darkness Gone

This short poem describes an uncountable number of stories I have heard over the 9+ years in recovery. Mine too.

Like the apostles, I have a wrong idea of what life is REALLY about.

Then God prepares me for His big event in my life.

Hugh Stephenson 2 months ago

Teachers have noted that Matthew 16:15 is a key verse. One says it’s the “question that rings throughout all of history”.

The disciples, (and me), did not get it. Even though it was right in front of them/me, (Luke 24:6-9).

Then they did.

New Day New Dawn

What comes next…I see the

New Light

I need to be equipped and trained on my road to Emmaus, (Luke 24:13-21).

I might take a while for me to move from hope to trust, (Luke 24:21).

It might take a while for my eyes to be opened, (Luke 24:27).

But when the Lord reveals to me what he has done for me in the payment of all my sin, past, present and future, the joy I have will be inexpressible, (Luke 24:30).

Then all Scripture can begin to make sense, (Luke 24:45).

Hugh Stephenson 2 months ago

Then I join the Army of the People of God. I am equipped for battle, (Ephesians 6:10-20).

Now I am part of a modern day cloud of witnesses that began with the two angels who saw Jesus resurrected who then told the women who then told the men who then told…everyone.

I love how the chapter ends. Just like it started back in Luke 1:5.

In the temple with worship, rejoicing and praise.

By the Holy Spirit may this be my song forever.

Darkness gone.

Sue Bohlin 2 months ago

Thank you, Sara. You are so right–the resurrection changes EVERYTHING!!!

As many times as I’ve read Luke, somehow I have missed the detail that Jesus appeared to Peter on resurrection day, which is not mentioned anywhere else in the NT. How tender and gracious of Jesus to give His dear friend from His inner circle, some “FaceTime” to reassure him after he had betrayed the Lord.

I am so intrigued by Jesus’ reference to His “flesh and bones” when the term is usually “flesh and blood.” I wonder if His resurrection body doesn’t have blood because it is so very holy, having been poured out for our sins in His earthsuit?

Michael Scaman 2 months ago

For even highest important things God will sometime give 2 or more witness

2 angels at the tomb. 2 angels at the ascension an angel army at the incarnation

2 witnesses in the book of Revelation Joseph had 3 sets of double dreams 2 words repeated in the handwriting on the wall

7 times each idea the servant will be rejected, suffer, die, overcome death

Linda Green 2 months ago

Death is the final enemy (1 Corinthians 15:26). When you lose someone precious to you, it is comforting to know that God also sees death as something very terrible to be defeated.

Yes, the Resurrection changed and changes everything! I remember being small and happily singing on Easter morning, “Up from the grave He arose, with a mighty triumph over His foes!”

The Emmaus Road conversation is where I’d drop in if time travel were possible! To hear Jesus explain how all the Law and Prophets pointed to Him- wow!! For now I have to be content with the Holy Spirit opening my eyes through studying the word and Tim Keller’s messages on the Old Testament. (Hebrews 11:6)

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