Luke 24

The Resurrection

24:1 Now on the first day1 of the week, at early dawn, the women2 went to the tomb, taking the aromatic spices3 they had prepared. 24:2 They4 found that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb,5 24:3 but when they went in, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.6 24:4 While7 they were perplexed8 about this, suddenly9 two men stood beside them in dazzling10 attire. 24:5 The11 women12 were terribly frightened13 and bowed14 their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living15 among the dead? 24:6 He is not here, but has been raised!16 Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee,17 24:7 that18 the Son of Man must be delivered19 into the hands of sinful men,20 and be crucified,21 and on the third day rise again.”22 24:8 Then23 the women remembered his words,24 24:9 and when they returned from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven25 and to all the rest. 24:10 Now it was Mary Magdalene,26 Joanna,27 Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles. 24:11 But these words seemed like pure nonsense28 to them, and they did not believe them. 24:12 But Peter got up and ran to the tomb.29 He bent down30 and saw only the strips of linen cloth;31 then he went home,32 wondering33 what had happened.34

Jesus Walks the Road to Emmaus

24:13 Now35 that very day two of them36 were on their way to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles37 from Jerusalem.38 24:14 They39 were talking to each other about all the things that had happened. 24:15 While40 they were talking and debating41 these things,42 Jesus himself approached and began to accompany them 24:16 (but their eyes were kept43 from recognizing44 him).45 24:17 Then46 he said to them, “What are these matters47 you are discussing so intently48 as you walk along?” And they stood still, looking sad. 24:18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him,49 “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who doesn’t know50 the things that have happened there51 in these days?” 24:19 He52 said to them, “What things?” “The things concerning Jesus the Nazarene,” they replied, “a man53 who, with his powerful deeds and words, proved to be a prophet54 before God and all the people; 24:20 and how our chief priests and rulers handed him over55 to be condemned to death, and crucified56 him. 24:21 But we had hoped57 that he was the one who was going to redeem58 Israel. Not only this, but it is now the third day since these things happened. 24:22 Furthermore, some women of our group amazed us.59 They60 were at the tomb early this morning, 24:23 and when they did not find his body, they came back and said they had seen a vision of angels,61 who said he was alive. 24:24 Then62 some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see him.”63 24:25 So64 he said to them, “You65 foolish people66 – how slow of heart67 to believe68 all that the prophets have spoken! 24:26 Wasn’t69 it necessary70 for the Christ71 to suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 24:27 Then72 beginning with Moses and all the prophets,73 he interpreted to them the things written about74 himself in all the scriptures.

24:28 So they approached the village where they were going. He acted as though he wanted to go farther,75 24:29 but they urged him,76 “Stay with us, because it is getting toward evening and the day is almost done.” So77 he went in to stay with them.

24:30 When78 he had taken his place at the table79 with them, he took the bread, blessed and broke it,80 and gave it to them. 24:31 At this point81 their eyes were opened and they recognized82 him.83 Then84 he vanished out of their sight. 24:32 They85 said to each other, “Didn’t86 our hearts87 burn within us88 while he was speaking with us on the road, while he was explaining89 the scriptures to us?” 24:33 So90 they got up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem.91 They92 found the eleven and those with them gathered together 24:34 and93 saying, “The Lord has really risen, and has appeared to Simon!”94 24:35 Then they told what had happened on the road,95 and how they recognized him96 when he broke the bread.

Jesus Makes a Final Appearance

24:36 While they were saying these things, Jesus97 himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”98 24:37 But they were startled and terrified, thinking99 they saw a ghost.100 24:38 Then101 he said to them, “Why are you frightened,102 and why do doubts103 arise in your hearts? 24:39 Look at my hands and my feet; it’s me!104 Touch me and see; a ghost105 does not have flesh and bones like you see I have.” 24:40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.106 24:41 And while they still could not believe it107 (because of their joy) and were amazed,108 he said to them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”109 24:42 So110 they gave him a piece of broiled fish, 24:43 and he took it and ate it in front of them.

Jesus’ Final Commission

24:44 Then111 he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me112 in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms113 must be fulfilled.” 24:45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the scriptures,114 24:46 and said to them, “Thus it stands written that the Christ115 would suffer116 and would rise from the dead on the third day, 24:47 and repentance117 for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed118 in his name to all nations,119 beginning from Jerusalem.120 24:48 You are witnesses121 of these things. 24:49 And look, I am sending you122 what my Father promised.123 But stay in the city124 until you have been clothed with power125 from on high.”

Jesus’ Departure

24:50 Then126 Jesus127 led them out as far as Bethany,128 and lifting up his hands, he blessed them. 24:51 Now129 during the blessing130 he departed131 and was taken up into heaven.132 24:52 So133 they worshiped134 him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,135 24:53 and were continually in the temple courts136 blessing137 God.138