Luke24: 1-12

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Luke 24: 1-12

 The Opening of a New Era

The actual event of Jesus’ resurrection is nowhere described, but the discovery of it is recorded in some detail.

1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

The last ones at the Cross are now the first ones at the tomb. When Joseph of Arimathea placed the body of Jesus in his tomb, there would not have been time for a complete embalming because Passover would begin at sunset. Consequently, these women were now coming to complete the task.

The women intended to give Jesus’ body a more proper preparation for burial discover that the stone is rolled away from the tomb. Once the women saw the stone rolled away and the tomb empty, their immediate reaction is that they were greatly perplexed! They did not expect to find an empty tomb. This shows that the resurrection accounts cannot be the product of wishful thinking or a devised plan; they were not even expecting that it could happen.

Compared to Luke 23:50-53 Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, 51 who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea and he was waiting for the kingdom of God. 52 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body. 53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid. 54 It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.

Matthew gives the same account in chapter 27:57-60 As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. 58 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 59 Joseph took the body wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. In John 19:41-42 At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid.

The tomb would have a small entrance and perhaps one or more compartments where bodies were laid out after being somewhat mummified with spices, ointments, and linen strips.

The door to the tomb would be made of a heavy, circular shaped stone, running in a groove and settled down into a channel, so it could not be moved except by several strong men to ensure that no one would disturb the remains.Customarily, the Jews left these bodies alone for a few years until they decayed down to the bones, then the bones were placed in a small stone box known as an ossuary. The ossuary would then remain in the tomb with the remains of other family members.

 Verse 42 specifically tells us that the tomb of Joseph of Arimethea that Jesus was laid in was close to the place of Jesus’ crucifixion.

Joseph probably didn’t like it that the value of his family tomb decreased because the Romans decided to crucify people nearby – This should remind us that in God’s plan, the cross and the power of the resurrection are always closely connected.

There was concern among the religious rulers that Jesus body would be stolen; so the went to Pilate

Matt 27:62-66 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63 “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.” “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go; make the tomb as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.

The stone could not have been rolled away by the women (they were not strong enough) or by the disciples (even if they were brave enough, they could not overcome the armed guards). No one else would have wanted to roll away the stone, but Matthew 28:1-4 tells us that it was an angel who rolled it away. 28:1 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.   3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

John tells us the stone airo (ah’-ee-ro)= tossed aside

The stone was not rolled away to let Jesus out. It was rolled away so that others could see in and see that Jesus had risen from the dead.

According to John 20:19 it tells us that Jesus in His resurrection body could pass through material barriers John 20:19-20 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

Therefore the stone could have remained in place.

All of the gospel writers tell us that they came early Proverbs 8:17 “They that seek Me early shall find Me,”  It is still true today those who seek the Lord early—early in life, early in a situation, early every day is the best time to come to the Lord! These women would prove to be no exception.

There’s a story that’s been told relating to this proverb

After a grandfather lost his treasured watch during a family gathering, he called his grandchildren together and told them he’d pay twenty-five dollars to the one who found it. This sent the kids on a mad scramble—running and screaming and turning over every rock. But the youngest grandson just sat and watched his brothers, sisters, and cousins all come back empty-handed. The next morning at breakfast he handed his grandfather the watch. “How did you find it?” asked the puzzled old man. “I just got up real early and listened for the ticking,” replied his clever grandson.

The lesson to be learned: Oftentimes, there’s so much noise and commotion going on all around us that it’s hard to hear the Lord in the middle of the day. The time to hear Him is early in the morning—just as these women did

4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them,

“Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7’The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'” 8 Then they remembered his words.

Because the other Gospel writers tell us these men were angels, Luke’s account implies that angels actually appear to men as men.

These women saw two men. Yes, they were shining—but they appeared as men nonetheless.

Even as angels announced the birth of Jesus, so they were also there to announce the resurrection of Jesus.

It could be that when we get to heaven we will be amazed by how much contact we had with angelic beings without even realizing it; the writer of Hebrews reminds us “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” Hebrews 13:2.

“Why do you seek the living among the dead? Is a very logical question! The angels seemed almost surprised that the women were surprised; after all, the angels had heard what Jesus said regarding His resurrection, and they knew the women had heard it also.

The fact that the angels said, “Don’t you remember how Jesus told you He would be crucified and rise again the third day?” indicates that the angels were listening when Jesus said these words to His disciples. Peter writes a little while later in 1 Peter 1:12 that the angels long to look into the things taught and spoken of concerning Jesus Christ and that’s because they are not saved like we are. They’re not sinners, saved by the blood of Jesus. Therefore, the way they understand that God has incredible mercy and complete love is by watching you and me. They might say “Wow, how could our God love her? How could our God be so patient with a guy like that?”. And it makes them worship Him all the more.

If you would ever go to or have been to Israel at the church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem – the place Emperor Constantine’s mother Helena decided was the place of the true cross and the true empty tomb; there is a powerful sense of dead religion and traditionalism. Yet for hundreds and hundreds of years people have come to this place of dead religion to seek Jesus.

Even today, here in America people still seek Jesus among the dead when they say “He was a great Example and a powerful Role Model. Or study His life and see how He handled this situation, or what He had to say about that matter.”

They study Him philosophically. And they study Him theologically and they treat Him as though He’s dead.

We must always be careful not to look for Jesus among the dead; things like religious traditionalism, formalism, man’s rules, human effort, or any substitutes of the flesh.

That’s because ultimately we will never find Jesus in those things –we find Him only where there is resurrection life!  And when we gather together to worship Him in spirit and in truth we find Jesus is here and very alive!

I’m not talking about the thoughts of Jesus or the memory of Jesus. He said in Matthew 18:20 “Whenever two or three are gathered in My Name, I will be in the midst of them,” and when we begin to grasp this, the way we worship, study, pray and live is greatly  affected.

9 When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles.         11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. (idle words)

12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.

The women would not be this excited if Jesus had somehow miraculously survived the ordeal of the cross. These women knew that He had not survived; their own hands had provided the preparation of Jesus’ body on the day He was crucified. They knew beyond all doubt that He had been dead.

So the news that He was alive meant so much more to them than saying Jesus was a survivor; it meant He was the conqueror over death and that He was everything they had and we can hope for and more!

Despite all their excitement, their testimony was not believed. In fact, to the apostles, it seemed as if the women told idle tales. (A medical word used to describe the babbling of a fevered or insane person)

We know from John 20:3-9  Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. 8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9 They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.

Both Peter and John together saw grave clothes, but not as if they had been ripped off after a struggle rather the grave clothes of Jesus were lying in perfect order, as if a body had just passed out of them when John saw that, he believed, and Peter marveled.  They had not seen the risen Jesus, but they knew that something powerful had happened to cause a body to leave behind those grave clothes in such a way; but they had forgotten the words of Jesus.

You can know that Jesus rose from the dead, but unless you know Him and his words on a personal level it won’t make sense. There are many things you won’t know:    EXAMPLE: you won’t know that the resurrection means that the payment Jesus offered on the cross was perfect and complete.

You won’t know that the cross was the payment and the empty tomb is the receipt.

You won’t know that death has no hold on a person THAT IS TRULY BORN AGAIN.  

You won’t know that when God’s love and man’s hate battled at the cross, God’s love won.

You won’t know that because Jesus was raised from the dead, we will be resurrected in Him.

Because Jesus rose from the dead, we do know that God no longer lives in a temple made with hands.

In Jerusalem, you may see what remains of a spectacular temple that stood in Jesus’ day. These stones were 40 feet long, 18 feet high (too heavy to be lifted with modern cranes), finished with finely carved frames and fitted so perfectly they required no mortar; and these are the just the retaining wall!            

But from the time Jesus died and rose again, that temple became just another building, because it was no longer the dwelling place of God.

Peter tells us in 1 Peter 2:4-10 As you come to him, the living Stone-rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him- 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  

6 For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” 

 7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone,”

8 and, “A stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the message-which is also what they were destined for.

9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.                                      

10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.