Chapter 5

Jesus Vindicated

The Resurrection makes the future certain, personal, and unimaginable.

Introduction

Luke 24, verses 1 to 53—this stuff is too wonderful for words. It's very easy to outline this chapter:

  • Lk 24:1-12, The empty tomb;
  • Lk 24:13-35, The appearance to the disciples on the road to Emmaus;
  • Lk 24:36-49, The appearance in Jerusalem to the disciples; and then
  • Lk 24:50-53, 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 ...

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