The Resurrection of Jesus Christ - accompanied by

earthquake and presence of angels.  Christ appeared to

many after His resurrection - to solitary individuals, to

companies of people - above 500 at once, to the eleven,

at different times of the day and in different localities.


These people were "eye witnesses of His majesty" -

II Peter 1:16 and "which we have heard, which we have

seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and our

hands have handled, of the Word of Life"


But as we studied last week of the three hour darkness

while Jesus was on the cross, no one was able to see as

Jesus transacted business for our souls, no one saw the

resurrection, either.


True, we walk by faith and not by sight but God has

made concessions  - Noah's ark? the Shroud of Turin?

prophecy of earthquakes, sea thereof roaring, etc.


vs. 4-8 - "much perplexed.....afraid"   - two men in shining

            garments - representatives of the legions of the

            Lord of Hosts who would have come to the aid of

            Christ on the cross except He tread the winepress

            alone.   The ministering spirits - Matt. 26:52-54,

            The 185,000 in II Kings 6:15-17

"He is not here but risen"  - Do you remember what

   He said when He was with you?


Transpose this to the end of time.


Over 300 Old Testament prophecies that Christ would come.

Over 300 New Testament prophecies that He will come a second time.


 Don't forget the appointed place - Don't you either!


"Go to Galilee" - those who did saw - those who didn't

   didn't.  Same when He told them when you see the

threatening signs on Jerusalem to flee to the mountains.


Those who did escaped - those who didn't perished.

ch. 21:21


The appointed place for us is the sky when He comes "in the clouds"


v. 5 - "bowed down their faces to the earth" - Do you

            think that you would have reacted differently?


v. 11 - "idle tales" - Christ's enemies apparently paid

            more attention - Matt. 27:63-64


vs. 13-35  Jesus meeting with the two on the road to



v. 15 - two is enough - Matt. 18:20 - Jesus drew near

            and went with them.


This was more than "angels unawares" - this was the SON OF GOD!


v. 16 - They didn't know Him - there had been a change

            wrought in the person of the Lord - He could just

            appear out of nowhere.


You think that strange - it is not without precedent'


Witness Elijah disappearing from Ahab - Phillip in

Acts 8:39-40


The women were preoccupied with sorrow - the men

with fishing.


Jesus spent a quarter of a day opening their minds.


He is the best escort on the pilgrimage of life - He can

make the present a heaven - fellowship with Christ is the chief element



v. 21 - "we trusted...and beside all this, today is the

            third day since these things were done"




v. 25 - "fools" (aphron - not understanding - not applying the

            mind - senseless  - an unworthy lack of understanding -

            in contrast with sophron - sober-minded, self control -

            describes one who does not govern their lusts.



"slow of heart"



v. 26 - a spiritual necessity - Christ must be a

            suffering before He could be a triumphing



Now nothing remains but to enter into His glory.


v. 27 - "beginning at Moses...." - Christ is everywhere!


John 5:39-40



27 “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them

in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” The three divisions, the

Pentateuch (Moses), the prophets, and all the Scriptures, cover the whole Old

Testament received then in the same words as we possess them now. The Lord’s

proofs of what He asserted He drew from the whole series of writings, rapidly

glancing over the long many-colored roll called the Old Testament. Jesus had

before Him a grand field, from the Protevangelium, the first great Gospel of Genesis,

down to Malachi. In studying the Scriptures for Himself, He had found Himself in

them everywhere (John 5:39-40). The things concerning himself. The Scriptures

which the Lord probably referred to specially were:


o        the promise to Eve (Genesis 3:15);

o        the promise to Abraham (Ibid. ch.22:18);

o        the Paschal lamb (Exodus 12.);

o        the scapegoat (Leviticus 16:1-34);

o        the brazen serpent (Numbers 21:9);

o        the star and scepter (Numbers 24:17);

o        the greater Prophet (Deuteronomy 18:15);

o        the smitten rock (Ibid. ch 20:11; I Corinthians 10:4);

o        Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14);

o        “Unto us a Child is born,” etc. (Ibid. ch. 9:6-7);

o        the good Shepherd (Ibid. ch.40:10-11);

o        the meek Sufferer (Ibid. ch.50:6);

o        He who bore our griefs (Ibid. ch. 53:4-5);

o        the Branch (Jeremiah 23:5; 33:14-15);

o        the Heir of David (Ezekiel 34:23);

o        the Ruler from Bethlehem (Micah 5:2);

o        the Branch (Zechariah 6:12);

o        the lowly King (Ibid. ch. 9:9);

o        the pierced Victim (Ibid. ch. 12:10);

o        the smitten Shepherd (Ibid. ch. 13:7);

o        the messenger of the covenant (Malachi 3:1);

o        the Sun of Righteousness (Ibid. ch. 4:2);


and no doubt many other passages. There is not one of the prophets without

some distinct reference to Christ, except Nahum, Jonah (who was himself a type

and prophetic sign – Matthew 12:39-40), and Habakkuk, who, however, uses

the memorable words quoted in Romans 1:17. To these we must add references

to several of the psalms, notably to the sixteenth and twenty-second, where

sufferings and death are spoken of as belonging to the perfect picture of the

Servant of the Lord and the ideal King. His hearers would know well how

strangely the agony of Calvary was foreshadowed in those vivid word-pictures

He called before their memories in the course of that six-mile walk from

Jerusalem to Emmaus.





Capable to be committed to memory - contain all that

we need for enlightenment  - for guidance to God and



We want to know how to live - we want to know how to



Christ walked seven miles with them - a Bible class of 2-

two humble and obscure disciples - I wonder who today

is in the fold because of this encounter?


Christ came in to tarry - "the day far spent" - transfer

to old age - toward evening/urgent need/day far spent/

the near presence of the Savior needed.


Enoch walked with God of old - I  have asked God to

walk with me!  (history of that) - below is a picture of my

son running through the gate where - I, an adolescent,

asked God to walk with me as Enoch walked - Genesis 5:21-24



v. 29 - "abide with us"


v. 31 - "He vanished out of their sight" - not on this earth

            will we understand the nature of the resurrection



He permitted the test of touch.

He ate.

He comes through a closed door.

He could withdraw from touch or sight & vanish.

He could disappear into the clouds.

He was known as He pleased and when He pleased.


The miracle was His appearing instead of His disappearing.


v. 32 - Polly's comment about the preaching during the

            revival - undiluted Word of God - not some

            spiritual filibuster.


Let us go to our Bible and to the house of God - the

Holy Spirit will guide us unto all truth"  - John 16:3


vs. 33-34  - What a meeting!


Tired - spiritual adrenaline - retraced steps back to

Jerusalem - spirit willing/flesh weak - Garden of Gethsemane-

altar call -


Fatigue, loss, danger, death itself - nothing to a soul

alight with celestial fire.   A new hope, a new faith, a new

purpose - Kevin Wharton - Mr. Yancey


v. 36 - "peace be unto you" - don't make too much of

            but there is a serene expression on the Shroud of Turin.


His resurrection body was not bound by present conditions.

He could be visible or invisible - known or unknown as He

pleased and when He pleased.



v. 37 - Thought they saw a spirit - the doors were shut &

            there He was - no attempt to explain.


v. 39 - "behold my hands and my feet, that it is I,  myself"


Tokens of His victory and atonement.


To Thomas - John 20:27 - "handle me" - "flesh & bones"


I John 1:1                   Rev. 5:6 - "stood a Lamb as it had

                                                        been slain"


"flesh and bones" - a body - the same one which

            was crucified - He could eat - perform normal




v. 44 - The weight that Christ attached to the Old

            Testament.    What about us?


v. 45 - "Then He opened their understanding that they

            might understand the scriptures"


Law/prophets/Psalms - "all things in them concerning me"


"the entrance of thy words give light" - Psalm 119:130


John 5:39-40              20:21-22 - "He breathed on them"


"opened He their understanding" - Go back to v. 25 -


What a blessed "Eureka"


v. 46 - "suffer and rise from the dead" - The Old

            Testament showed the necessity of an atoning

            Redeemer, from the sin which it everywhere

            revealed, of a dying Redeemer, from the death

            which it proclaims as the consequence.


v. 47 - "repentance and remission of sins should

            be preached"


Immediate, full, real, thorough forgiveness - no delay -

no dangerous postponement.  Why not Now?  Almost



Take full, free mercy of God unto eternal life - the full

honor of sonship, wear the best robe and ring, sit at a

table to your honor - having access to His Presence -

referring to Him in terms of endearment.


The message - the Christ whom God sent and the world

needs, a historical Christ, incarnate, suffering, crucified

Savior, risen as the fulfillment of Scripture.  The Lamb from

the foundation of the world.






Acts 26:18 -"to open the eyes, and turn men from

            darkness to light, and from the power of Satan

            to God" - forgiving sins - making the inner vision

            clear - In the name of Christ, all nations are

            summoned to repent and receive the remission.



"among all nations" - a message of hope & mercy to

everyone in the name of Jesus Christ!


Preach - How dare say the world - you cannot preach -

the idea, whoever espouses it, is an idea straight from



Whether we are to obey God or men - you judge -as

you are.  "Whosoever is not with me is against me and

he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad"

Matt. 12:30


v. 48 - "ye are witnesses"


v. 49 - "tarry"   - then go  - John 15:26-27


"And behold, I send the promise of the Father to you"


Life is the school - the Holy Ghost the Instructor!


vs. 50-53  - The Ascension  - Acts 1:9-11,  4:33



Many will not listen but those who do will be

"endued with power from on high"


The early chapters of Acts show how that the Lord

Jesus continued to work on earth through His disciples

and the church.



vs. 52-53 - read -Men had seen Him without knowing Him.

                           Now we know Him without seeing Him.


Sight without knowledge/Knowledge without sight!


And as we look forward to the future and realize our

own mortality, we cherish the thought, that if we "abide

in Him" as the evening shadows gather and life's long day

passes into the darkness of death, we shall in heaven's

eternal morning, open our eyes to see the "King in His

beauty" to "behold His glory" and shall "sit down with

Him on His throne" sharing life forever and ever!


“As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness:  

I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness”

 Psalm 17:15


We should never undertake any pilgrimage without

securing the companionship of Jesus Christ, the Son

of the Living God!