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Luke 24


 1 Now the (*) (1) (♣) first day of the week (a) early in the morning, they came unto the sepulcher, and brought the odors which they had prepared, and certain women with them.


(*) Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2; John 20:1 .

(1) Poor filly women, even beside their expectation are chosen to be the first witnesses of the resurrection, that there might be no suspicion either of deceit or violence.

(♣) Which was the first day after the first Sabbath of the feast.
(a) Very early as Mark saith, or as John saith, while it was yet dark, that is, when it was yet scarce the dawning of day.


 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher,


 3 And went in, but found not the body of the Lord Jesus.


 4 And it came to pass, that as they were amazed thereat, behold, (*) two men suddenly stood by them in shining vestures.


(*) Two Angels in form of men.


 5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said to them, Why seek ye him that liveth among the dead?


 6 He is not here, but is risen; remember (*) how he spake unto you, when he was yet in Galilee,


(*) Luke 9:22; Matthew 17:23; Mark 9:31 .


 7 Saying, that the Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.


 8 And they remembered his words,


 9  (2) And returned from the sepulcher, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the remnant.


(2) The cowardly and dastardly mind of the disciples is upbraided by the stout courage of women, (so wrought by God's great mercy) to shew that the kingdom of God consisteth in an extraordinary power.


 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women with them which told these things unto the Apostles.


 11 But their words seemed unto them as a feigned thing, neither believed they them.


 12  (*) (3) Then arose Peter and ran unto the sepulcher, and (b) looked in and saw the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.


(*) John 20:6 .

(3) Christ useth the incredulity of his disciples, to the fuller setting forth of the truth of his resurrection, lest they should seem to have believed that too lightly, which they preached afterward to all the world.
(b) As it were holding down his head, and bowing his neck, looked diligently in.


 13  ¶ (*) (4) And behold, two of them went that same day to a town which was from Jerusalem about (♣) threescore furlongs, called Emmaus.


(*) Mark 16:12 .

(4) The resurrection is proved by two other witnesses, which saw it, and that it was no forged thing framed of purpose in their own brains, all the circumstances do declare.

(♣) Which is about seven miles and a half.


 14 And they (*) talked together of all these things that were done.


(*) Hereby appeareth that they had faith, although it was weak.


 15 And it came to pass, as they communed together, and reasoned, that Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.


 16  (c) But their eyes (*) were holden, that they could not know him.


(c) Were holden back and stayed, God so appointing it, no doubt; and therefore his body was not invisible, but their eyes were dimmed.

(*) This declareth that we can neither see nor understand till God open our eyes.


 17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another as ye walk and are sad?


 18 And (d) the one (named Cleopas) answered and said unto him, Art thou only a (*) stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass therein in these days?


(d) Some of the old fathers think that the other disciple was this our Evangelist, but Epiphanius’ writing against the Saturnilians, saith it was Nathanael, but all these are uncertainties.

(*) For the thing was so notorious that all men might have known it.


 19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Of Jesus of Nazareth, which was a Prophet, mighty indeed and in word before God, and all people,


 20  (5) And how the high Priests, and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.


(5) It appeareth by the converting of the forewarnings of the Prophets, that all those things are true and certain, which the Evangelists have put down in writing of Christ.


 21 But we (*) trusted that it had been he that should have delivered Israel, and as touching all these things, today is the third day, that they were done.


(*) They understood not yet what was the deliverance that Jesus Christ purchased for us, but looked for some worldly prosperity.


 22 Yea, and certain women among us made us astonied, which came early unto the sepulcher.


 23 And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of Angels, which said, that he was alive.


 24 Therefore certain of them which were with us, went to the sepulcher, and found it even so as the women had said, but him they saw not.


 25 Then he said unto them, (*) O fools and slow of heart to believe all that the Prophets have spoken!


(*) Infidelity is reproved.


 26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?


 27 And he began at (*) Moses, and at all the Prophets, and interpreted unto them in all the Scriptures the things which were written of him.


(*) Christ only is the interpreter of the Scriptures; for both the beginning and end thereof direct us to him, because he is the Saviour that is promised.


 28 And they drew near unto the town, which they went to, but he (*) made as though he would have gone further.


(*) Because Christ did both shut their eyes and opened them, he would keep them in suspense till his time came to manifest himself unto them.


 29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us, for it is towards night, and the day is far spent. So he went in to tarry with them.


 30 And it came to pass, as he sat at table with them, he took the bread, (*) and blessed, and brake it, and gave it to them.


(*) According to the custom, the which manner of praying before meals they used to this day.


 31 Then their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he was (e) taken out of their sight.


(e) Suddenly taken away, and therefore we may not imagine that he was there in such a body as could not be seen, but believe indeed that he changed his place.


 32 And they said between themselves, Did not our hearts burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and when he opened to us the Scriptures?


 33 And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them,


 34 Which said, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.


 35 Then they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in (f) (*) breaking of bread.


(f) When he brake bread, which that people used, as the Jews use yet at this day at the beginning of their meals, and say a prayer.

(*) So soon as he began to break bread.


 36  ¶ (*) (6) And as they spake these things, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and said unto them, Peace be to you.


(*) Mark 16:14; John 20:19 .

(6) The Lord himself sheweth by certain and necessary signs, that he was risen again, and that in the same body which he took upon him.


 37 But they were abashed and afraid, supposing that they had seen a spirit.


 38 Then he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? And wherefore do (g) doubts arise in your hearts?


(g) Divers and doubtful thoughts which fall oft into men's heads, when any strange thing falleth out, whereof there is no great likelihood.


 39 Behold my hands and my feet, for it is I myself; handle me, and see, for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.


 40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and feet.


 41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?


 42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of a honeycomb,


 43 And he took it, and did eat before them.


 44  (7) And he said unto them, These are the words, which I spake unto you while I was yet with you, that all must be fulfilled which are written of me in the Law of Moses, and in the Prophets, and in the Psalms.


(7) The preaching of the Gospel, which was promised to the Prophets and performed in his time, is committed unto the Apostles; the sum whereof, is repentance and remission of sins.


 45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures,


 46 And said unto them, Thus is it written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise again from the dead the third day,


 47 And that repentance, and remission of sins should be preached in his Name among all nations, (h) beginning at Jerusalem.


(h) The Apostles who are the preachers of the Gospel beginning at Jerusalem.


 48 Now ye are witnesses of these things.


 49 And behold, I do send the (*) promise of my Father upon you; but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, (i) until ye be endued with power from on high.


(*) John 15:26; Acts 1:4 .

(i) Until the holy Ghost come down from heaven upon you.


 50  (8) Afterward he led them out into Bethany, and lifted up his hands, and blessed them.


(8) Christ ascendeth into heaven, and departing bodily from his disciples, filleth their hearts with the holy Ghost.


 51 And it came to pass, that as he blessed them, (*) he departed from them, and was carried up into heaven.


(*) Mark 16:19; Acts 1:9 .


 52 And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,


 53 And were continually in the Temple, praising, and lauding God, Amen.




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