Summary: Part 4 of 40 Days with the Lord : The Truth of His Resurrection
40 Days with the Lord
Part 4 – The Truth of His Resurrection
Rev. Bruce A. Shields
First Baptist Church of Tawas City Michigan
Let us review where we began a few weeks ago.
It was Sunday morning, and the women who came with Jesus from Galilee had prepared spices for Jesus’ corpse. When they arrived at the tomb, they saw Jesus’ body was gone.
Angels told them that He had risen. In disbelief they went and told the disciples.
After the disciples saw for themselves the tomb was empty, they all left the scene except for Mary Magdalene.
As she wept outside the tomb, still not believing Jesus was alive, He appeared to her.
He then told her not to touch Him because He had not yet ascended, and to tell the others that He was returning to our Father and God in heaven.
She returned to the disciples, yet was met once again with disbelief.
Jesus then met with two of the Disciples walking from Jerusalem.
He discussed with them the scriptures and how they pointed to Jesus as the Christ.
They asked Him, not knowing yet He was Jesus, to stay with them and He agreed.
As Jesus blessed the bread their eyes were opened, and they realized that it was Jesus, and they began saying “It is true, Jesus is alive!”
They returned to Jerusalem that night finding the 11 and telling them everything that had happened.
This is where we pick up and the story continues.
Luke 24:36 – 49 Jesus appears to His Disciples
“36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you."
37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost.
38 He said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds?
39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have."
40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet.
41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, "Do you have anything here to eat?"
42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.
44 He said to them, "This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms."
45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.
46 He told them, "This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day,
47 and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
48 You are witnesses of these things.
49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high."
PRAYER FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT & UNDERSTANDING
The Truth of His Resurrection
“And as they spoke about these things together, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them,”
Again we see in the scriptures where two or more are gathered in His name, He is there among them.
It is the same today as it was then, when we gather for worshipping the Lord, or even discussing His word, He is here among us.’
This account is also recorded in John 20 where we can see that John writes this meeting took place on Sunday, the first day of the week.
This is generally why we worship on Sunday, because it is the day Christ rose and the day of the first gathering for Jesus.
Jesus came to them, and taught them the meaning of the scriptures concerning Himself.
This was the first Church service!
We can also read in John’s account that he mentions the doors were shut because they were afraid someone would see they were assembled together.
They saw what happened to Jesus, and they remembered what Jesus Himself had warned them about.
John 15:18 – 19
“18 "If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.”
The world hated the Disciples then, and it hates us now.
You don’t think so?
Pray in school or at a Sporting event before the game, and listen to them cry “Stop submitting me to your religious beliefs!”