Vs. 6, “He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee.” A most comforting message to the faithful women who came to honor the body of Jesus after the Sabbath Day (vs. 1-12). In a world that seems to be male dominated, the first witnesses of Jesus’ victory over death would be women! We take for granted the Resurrection, but for everyone at that time, it was inconceivable that Jesus could have resurrected on His own. The Road to Emmaus (vs. 13-35) is an account unique to Luke’s Gospel and grants us incredible details! The two men (one named Cleopas) are traveling back home after the traumatic events of the Cross. Jesus’ appearance to them serves the purpose of informing all of us that these events were not happenchance, but planned by God (vs. 25-27). As the disciples converge to share their testimonies that Jesus is risen, Jesus Himself appears (vs. 36-53). It is a shocking time of the disciples and Jesus ensures that He is not coming back as a spirit, but in flesh for He asks to eat something (vs. 40-43). Their obedient witness continues to this day as we remember Jesus words.
Regarding application…Open Our Minds. Vs. 45, “Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.” Notice it was Jesus who opened their minds to the Scriptures. This is a perfect example of why the writer of Hebrews tell us that the Word of God is alive and active (Hebrews 4:12). The disciples grew up learning scripture and even spent over three years with Jesus, yet there was still more for them to learn from Scripture. That’s what is so amazing about reading God’s word daily! There is a sense of awe and excitement we should have because God’s word is not words put on paper. God can transform these words of Scripture and open our minds to His good and perfect will! Take time today to open your mind and heart to remember how we can bear witness of Jesus in our lives!