Luke Chapter 24
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44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
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Matthew Henry's Luke Chapter 24 Bible commentary...
The resurrection of Christ. (1-12) He appears to two disciples on the way to Emmaus. (13-27) And makes himself known to them. (28-35) Christ appears to the other disciples. (36-49) His ascension. (50-53)1-12 See the affection and respect the women showed to Christ, after he was dead and buried. Observe their surprise when they found the stone rolled away, and the grave empty. Christians often perplex themselves about that with which they should comfort and encourage themselves. They look rather to find their Master in his grave-clothes, than angels in their shining garments. The angels assure them that he is risen from the dead; is risen by his own power. These angels from heaven bring not any new gospel, but remind the women of Christ's words, and teach them how to apply them. We may wonder that these disciples, who believed Jesus to be the Son of God and the true Messiah, who had been so often told that he must die, and rise again, and then enter into his glory, who had seen him more than once raise the dead, yet should be so backward to believe his raising himself. But all our mistakes in religion spring from ignorance or forgetfulness of the words Christ has spoken. Peter now ran to the sepulchre, who so lately ran from his Master. He was amazed. There are many things puzzling and perplexing to us, which would be plain and profitable, if we rightly understood the words of Christ.
13-27 This appearance of Jesus to the two disciples going to Emmaus, happened the same day that he rose from the dead. It well becomes the disciples of Christ to talk together of his death and resurrection; thus they may improve one another's knowledge, refresh one another's memory, and stir up each other's devout affections. And where but two together are well employed in work of that kind, he will come to them, and make a third. Those who seek Christ, shall find him: he will manifest himself to those that inquire after him; and give knowledge to those who use the helps for knowledge which they have. No matter how it was, but so it was, they did not know him; he so ordering it, that they might the more freely discourse with him. Christ's disciples are often sad and sorrowful, even when they have reason to rejoice; but through the weakness of their faith, they cannot take the comfort offered to them. Though Christ is entered into his state of exaltation, yet he notices the sorrows of his disciples, and is afflicted in their afflictions. Those are strangers in Jerusalem, that know not of the death and sufferings of Jesus. Those who have the knowledge of Christ crucified, should seek to spread that knowledge. Our Lord Jesus reproved them for the weakness of their faith in the Scriptures of the Old Testament. Did we know more of the Divine counsels as far as they are made known in the Scriptures, we should not be subject to the perplexities we often entangle ourselves in. He shows them that the sufferings of Christ were really the appointed way to his glory; but the cross of Christ was that to which they could not reconcile themselves. Beginning at Moses, the first inspired writer of the Old Testament, Jesus expounded to them the things concerning himself. There are many passages throughout all the Scriptures concerning Christ, which it is of great advantage to put together. We cannot go far in any part, but we meet with something that has reference to Christ, some prophecy, some promise, some prayer, some type or other. A golden thread of gospel grace runs through the whole web of the Old Testament. Christ is the best expositor of Scripture; and even after his resurrection, he led people to know the mystery concerning himself, not by advancing new notions, but by showing how the Scripture was fulfilled, and turning them to the earnest study of it.
28-35 If we would have Christ dwell with us, we must be earnest with him. Those that have experienced the pleasure and profit of communion with him, cannot but desire more of his company. He took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. This he did with his usual authority and affection, with the same manner, perhaps with the same words. He here teaches us to crave a blessing on every meal. See how Christ by his Spirit and grace makes himself known to the souls of his people. He opens the Scriptures to them. He meets them at his table, in the ordinance of the Lord's supper; is known to them in breaking of bread. But the work is completed by the opening of the eyes of their mind; yet it is but short views we have of Christ in this world, but when we enter heaven, we shall see him for ever. They had found the preaching powerful, even when they knew not the preacher. Those Scriptures which speak of Christ, will warm the hearts of his true disciples. That is likely to do most good, which affects us with the love of Jesus in dying for us. It is the duty of those to whom he has shown himself, to let others know what he has done for their souls. It is of great use for the disciples of Christ to compare their experiences, and tell them to each other.
36-49 Jesus appeared in a miraculous manner, assuring the disciples of his peace, though they had so lately forsaken him, and promising spiritual peace with every blessing. Many troublesome thoughts which disquiet our minds, rise from mistakes concerning Christ. All the troublesome thoughts which rise in our hearts at any time, are known to the Lord Jesus, and are displeasing to him. He spake with them on their unreasonable unbelief. Nothing had passed but what was foretold by the prophets, and necessary for the salvation of sinners. And now all men should be taught the nature and necessity of repentance, in order to the forgiveness of their sins. And these blessings were to be sought for, by faith in the name of Jesus. Christ by his Spirit works on the minds of men. Even good men need to have their understandings opened. But that we may have right thoughts of Christ, there needs no more than to be made to understand the Scriptures.
50-53 Christ ascended from Bethany, near the Mount of Olives. There was the garden in which his sufferings began; there he was in his agony. Those that would go to heaven, must ascend thither from the house of sufferings and sorrows. The disciples did not see him rise out of the grave; his resurrection could be proved by their seeing him alive afterwards: but they saw him ascend into heaven; they could not otherwise have a proof of his ascension. He lifted up his hands, and blessed them. He did not go away in displeasure, but in love, he left a blessing behind him. As he arose, so he ascended, by his own power. They worshipped him. This fresh display of Christ's glory drew from them fresh acknowledgments. They returned to Jerusalem with great joy. The glory of Christ is the joy of all true believers, even while they are here in this world. While waiting for God's promises, we must go forth to meet them with our praises. And nothing better prepares the mind for receiving the Holy Ghost. Fears are silenced, sorrows sweetened and allayed, and hopes kept up. And this is the ground of a Christian's boldness at the throne of grace; yea, the Father's throne is the throne of grace to us, because it is also the throne of our Mediator, Jesus Christ. Let us rely on his promises, and plead them. Let us attend his ordinances, praise and bless God for his mercies, set our affections on things above, and expect the Redeemer's return to complete our happiness. Amen. Even so, Lord Jesus, come quickly.
Martha Prince's Luke Chapter 24 comment on 4/06/2013, 9:28pm...
Matthew 28:1 will explain who "they" are.
Matthew 28:1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
Scott's Luke Chapter 24 comment on 4/02/2013, 5:39pm...
verse 1 Who is they? was Joseph one of they?
Joann's Luke Chapter 24 comment about verse 39 on 3/16/2013, 10:27pm...
Christ is establishing the difference between Him and the Spirit which is to come after him. When He ascends into heaven, He will send a comforter, counsellor who will not be made of flesh and will be like that of the wind. The third person of the trinity. In verse 49, they are to wait in the city until he comes.
Robert batham's Luke Chapter 24 comment on 3/13/2013, 8:03am...
This is the first time I have read the gospels of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John. I found them so enlightening and very moving. I know all that was said in the gospels was meant to be, but still think to myself of how the Jews condemned a totally innocent man to death on the cross and let a murderer go Free!! I know the Pharisees were jealous of Christís power over the people, but the Jews saw all of the miracles that Christ performed, and they still did not believe. When Christ said to the Jews, "Do not cry for me but cry for your childrenís children", these words came true! Even when the leader of the Jewish faith said before he died that Christ had told him he was the messiah 2000 years ago, they still could not believe. Be it on their own heads. Where will they turn when Christís second coming arrives in all his glory! God have mercy on us all!!
Jay's Luke Chapter 24 comment on 2/04/2013, 3:52pm...
1. The term holy ghost and holy spirit are interchangeable in the scriptures (Luke 3:22; Luke 4:1);
2. This is one reason why people who have had bodily limbs removed still feel as if their limbs are still with them after removal of a limb;
3. The holy ghost goes to heaven after a person is deceased for a born again believer, and the unholy ghost for an unbeliever goes to hell (Luke 16:22, 23).
Jay's Luke Chapter 24 comment on 2/04/2013, 3:39pm...
1. The 2 men in white linen are angels (John 20:12), the scriptures do not give any indication of where the angels went;
2. The 2 men on the way to Emmaus are sad because they believe the body of Jesus was missing, that was under the impression that Jesus was going to rid Israel of the Roman Empire (Luke 24:21), they did not understand what was really happening (Luke 24:25,26), their spiritual eyes have not yet been opened until verse 31;
3. It was most likely on the third day Jesus ascended into heaven to place his sinless perfect pure blood on the mercy seat for the atonement for the sins for all, especially to them that believe (I Timothy 4:10);
4. Mary Magdalene was the first person to see and talk to Jesus after he arose from the tomb (John 20:14-17).
Jay's Luke Chapter 24 comment on 2/04/2013, 12:21pm...
1. If you are an Old Testament Jew maybe repentance and forgiveness starts at Jerusalem in the name of Jesus.
2. But for a New Testament born again believer repentance and forgiveness begins from a personís heart (Romans 10:10) and we confess our sins to Jehovah God in the name of our saviour Jesus Christ (I John 1:9).
3. We would like people to actually quote the bible (King James Version 1611) to prove their beliefs!
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