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Luke 24:36-53 [Read]
It’s a mystery that we have 4 gospel books instead of one. You would think that one big book containing everything recorded by the 4 gospels should make things much easier, but the Holy Spirit chose to do things differently. God used 4 different human authors, and each one has a unique emphasis on how he told the stories. The narrative after the Lord’s resurrection is one of such examples. Matthew focused on his great commission, Mark on human emotion, and John on pastoral edification. Luke had something different in mind.
The last chapter of Luke presented events uniquely recorded by him. The two disciples were on their way to Emmaus, and Jesus appeared to them somehow without being recognized. The narrative seemed to imply a glorious body that looked differently from before, but that wasn’t the main point. The purpose of the Lord’s appearance was to “explain to them what was said in all the Scripture concerning himself” (24:27). While he was doing that, their hearts were burning within them (24:32). However, they still did not recognize him. Then, the resurrected Lord appeared to all the apostles and others in a room. They were all startled and frightened, and they also were troubled and had doubts (24:38). Again, the purpose was to explain the Scripture concerning himself (24:44). Yet, they did not seem to understand.
Luke weaved the main point into the two events by the keyword “open”. For the two disciples, Jesus opened their eyes so they might recognize their Lord (24:31). For the apostles, Jesus opened their mind so they might understand the Scripture (24:45). Only after his opening of their eyes and mind, they could truly understand the Word of God and be ready to be “witnesses of these things” (24:48). Knowing the words of the Scripture was not enough for the disciples. They needed to know the Lord himself, and only the Lord could reveal (open) that knowledge for them.
Luke ended his gospel with this important message: God is the one who seeks and reveals himself to his people. He did that 2000 years ago in person, and he has been doing that ever since in Spirit. For those who already accepted Jesus, let us be thankful that God has sought and found us. For those who are still wandering in this troubled world, may the Spirit find you today. Amen.
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