After Jesus’ resurrection in Matthew 28:6, the disciples did not find him in the tomb because He was not there for He is risen. So Peter said. Come, see the place where the Lord where the Lord was buried. The sight of the grave clothes caused John to believe in John 20:8 so Peter ran to the tomb in verse 12 to see for himself such historic miracle. Today, millions of believers from all over the world travel to Jerusalem in Israel. The contemporary church with zeal, passion, devotion, burning heart’s desire, with enthusiasm visit empty tomb of Jesus. Such is this awesome miracle presence of the living God, to proclaim salvation to all who repent and accept Jesus as Lord. Jesus went to reconnect with His disciples. He met Mary Magdalene by the tomb and told her to go and tell the other disciples He is risen from the dead. All wondered where Jesus went after resurrection so discussed the matter among themselves. On hearing the Good News many rushed to the tomb to see for themselves. To their pleasant surprise Jesus indeed has arisen so the tomb was empty.
The Walk To Emmaus With Jesus
In Luke 24:13-35, Jesus appeared to two of His disciples discussing events of that week. Jesus joined in the conversation and walked with them for a while. 13 The two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, 7 miles from Jerusalem. 14 As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. 16 But God kept them from recognizing him. 17 He asked them, “What are you discussing so intently as you walk along?” They stopped short, sadness written across their faces. 18 Then one of them, Cleopas, replied, “You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard about all the things that have happened there the last few days.” 19 “What things?” Jesus asked. “The things that happened to Jesus, the man from Nazareth,” they said. “He was a prophet who did powerful miracles, and he was a mighty teacher in the eyes of God and all the people. 20 But our leading priests and other religious leaders handed him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified him. 21 We had hoped he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel. This all happened three days ago. 22 “Then some women from our group of his followers were at his tomb early this morning, and they came back with an amazing report.
23 They said his body was missing, and they had seen angels who told them Jesus is alive! 24 Some of our men ran out to see, and sure enough, his body was gone, just as the women had said.” 25 Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. 26 Was not it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?” 27 Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. 28 By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus acted as if he were going on, 29 but they begged him, “Stay the night with us, since it is getting late.” So he went home with them. 30 As they sat down to eat he took the bread and blessed it. Then broke it and gave it to them. 31 Suddenly, their eyes opened and they recognized him. At that moment he disappeared! 32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained Scriptures to us?” 33 And within the hour they were on their way back to Jerusalem. They found 11 disciples and others gathered with them.
34 who said, “The Lord has really risen! He appeared to Peter.”35 The two from Emmaus, told them about meeting Jesus on road. When the disciples came face to face with the risen Jesus in John 20:19-31, they were amazed and startled to see Jesus alive again. So discovered the wounds of Jesus which proved Jesus was the same Saviour they knew. In John 20:24 Thomas known as Didymus, one of the 12 was not with disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said, unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where nails were and put my hand into his side I will not believe.” A week later his disciples were in the house again. Thomas was with them so Jesus Appears to Thomas. Through locked doors Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you. 27 Then said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe. 28 Thomas said, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus told him, “Because you see me, you believed; blessed are those who do not see yet believe.”
Jesus walked through the wall into the midst of the terrified disciples. It is easy for Jesus who walked on water, healed the sick, made the disabled walk, raised the dead resurrected, disappeared in their midst to go through a wall. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you! As the Father sent me, I am sending you.”22 Jesus breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Jesus ordained Peter as the Rock on which to build the Church in Matthew 16:18. Jesus Chose Peter and empowered him as the first leader of the church. Like modern apostles filled with power and authority to carry out His work, Jesus said, “Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven in Matthew 16:19; 18:18). All sins you forgive, they are forgiven, whose sins you retain, they are retained in John 20:23. Jesus prepared the disciples to continue the ministry on earth while he returns to heaven. Jesus made a great impact on earth and trained 12 apostles plus 70 disciples in addition to the women and children who supported Jesus behind scenes.
Jesus was confident they will be able to do the work fully equipped from the 3 years training. As Jews, they already studied the Torah and the Tanakh so knew the Jewish culture enough to continue to minister to them. Later the Holy Spirit will be sent by Jesus to teach them all truth and help bring to remembrance all they learnt from Jesus. Again the Holy Spirit will Comfort them as Jesus leaves them behind on earth to do the works of God. Jesus gave Peter, apostles and the disciples, specific instructions to follow to remain in Jerusalem in the Upper room until they received the Holy Spirit after His departure into heaven. Jesus commanded them to start from Jerusalem to the uttermost parts of the world. So the disciples knew and understood what their work should be. Jesus encouraged them to love one another and continue to break bread together in remembrance of Him as he did at the last supper. Jesus commanded, “Do this in memory of Me in Luke 22:19. He also emphasized command to make disciples of all nations in Matthew 28:19. All disciples of Jesus are to go in world to proclaim Gospel to all nations in Mark 16:15. Jesus commissioned and ordained Peter to represent Him as Head of His Church.
The early Church in Acts chapter 15 shows the apostles and elders continued together in the Upper room. Jesus also appeared to many people in different places.They preached and helped Gentiles to be grafted into God’s Kingdom through Jews. The church included pilgrims who heard own languages and spread Christianity abroad in own nations. Jesus loves sinners but hate sin, so forgives to help God’s Kingdom Succeeds on earth to help God’s People. Jesus has the Greatest Vision for all mankind to be saved. Jesus provides enough wisdom through knowledge of God’s Words so none will perish in Jesus Name. Life is a serious matter although trivialized by pre-occupation with materialist of things world do not profit soul. Jesus did so many kin, generous and other wonderful things to save numerous people not recorded in the Bible.
Born again believer’s perspective on life is straightforward based on Godly living, Christ, word of God, compassion for fellow human beings. Easter is a great God sent opportunity to win souls to share testimony to defeat devil by Blood of Lamb Jesus Christ. Years later, Peter the head of the Church conferred with Paul who acknowledged him and went to Jerusalem in Galatians 1:18. The disciples provided for the larger church that grew as God added to them daily from the day of Pentecost. The secular world is spiritually blinded despite birth pang signs of times warning of coming rapture, tribulation and Armageddon wrath of God. Born again Christians must stand boldly and clearly for Christ everywhere possible. Christ set Great Example of Obedience to encourage and strengthen all to do God’s WILL on earth as it is in heaven in Jesus Name.