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Friday, August 10, 2007

Luke 24

Superjesus

Summary:
The women couldn't find Jesus' body in the tomb a couple of days later, and they met two shiny men proclaiming that Jesus had risen.

Jesus, meanwhile, talked to a couple of men who, not recognising him, explained about Jesus and how they were disappointed that he had died and they had heard that the tomb was empty, which they indeed checked, but they hadn't seen Jesus. Jesus explained himself through the scriptures, but they didn't recognise him until he came over for tea at which point he promptly disappeared. They told the eleven, but Simon Peter had already seen.

Jesus then turned up, and they were amazed and touched him and he ate. He wasn't a ghost. He kept explaining that this had to happen. Later Jesus ascended outside Bethany, and they all praised God.

Key verse:
44. Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.

My thoughts:
Jesus' key mantra post-resurrection is clarifying that all this had to happen and should've been expected. Notice how he has a threefold understanding of the scriptures, like the Tanakh (Torah, Nevi'im, Khetuvim).

Luke contains by far the most complete narrative of Jesus' appearances out of the synoptic gospels. They are there to clarify the real physical bodily resurrection of Jesus. Notice how the emptiness of the tomb is the most basic attestation of the resurrection.

Luke's sequel is Acts, but first we'll go though a very different gospel - John.

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