The resurrection makes the future certain, personal, and unimaginable.
Luke 24, verses 1 to 53—this stuff is too wonderful for words. It's very easy to outline this chapter:
- Verses 1-12, The empty tomb;
- Verses 13-35, The appearance to the disciples on the road to Emmaus;
- Verses 36-49, The appearance in Jerusalem to the disciples; and then
- Verses 50-53, The ascension.
Or if you had a certain turn of mind you could outline it like this: The tomb; the road; the room; the mount.
One of the ways to do this would be to go through it in sections and say, "Well, let's take a look at the first twelve verses, the empty tomb, and then let's look at the appearance to the disciples on the road to Emmaus …" but I would rather give you four themes that run through the sections. In every case, the themes are treated and developed in two or more of the four sections. And therefore, let's look at the messages of this chapter rather than simply going through it section by section. Those four messages are: The resurrection is a shattering historical event; the resurrection is a key to understanding all the Scripture; the resurrection gives us a powerful message for the world; and Jesus is the true King.
The resurrection is a shattering historical event
As a young Christian, I had come up through mainline churches, I was a religion major at a secular university, and this is what I was told about the resurrection fairly often: That after Jesus' death his disciples "experienced his presence." They felt very powerfully that he was still with them somehow. And Peter, for example, experienced forgiveness, that Jesus had really forgiven him for his failures and for his denials. And as time went on, as the disciples died out the followers of the disciples began to find ways of expressing these higher ...
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Timothy Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan He is also the co-founder and vice president of the Gospel Coalition. You can find more sermons by Dr. Keller at http://www.gospelinlife.com/.