Jesus Reveals Himself to the Disciples

We see over and over how Jesus seems to enjoy the journey, or process, of what we go through and how we interact with Him. He makes promises and brings those promises into fulfillment. I find it fascinating that Jesus walked with two of the disciples on the road to Emmaus. Scripture says that they could not recognize Him because of something supernatural.

And they talked together of all these things which had happened. So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him. Luke 24:14-16 NKJV

Rather than just simply reveal Himself to them, Jesus has a greater plan to walk with them and share what the scriptures have always said about Himself. Can you imagine? Here they were walking side by side with Jesus Himself learning about what scripture says about Him – and they didn’t even know it! What an amazing experience that would be for any of us! The disciples began their journey sulking over what had happened and ended up walking directly with Jesus.

Jesus then reveals Himself to the disciples while sharing communion with them. I love what they say to each other after He disappears.

And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” Luke 24:32 NKJV

I also noted that Jesus pointed out that He was not just spirit, but that His body had risen too. He invited them to touch Him to see that He was real and even asked for and ate food.

But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts?  Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?”  So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. And He took it and ate in their presence. Luke 24:37-43 NKJV

The Son of God Rose Again

If there is  one thing I have learned that has given me strength, it is that God keeps His word. If He speaks a promise, it will happen. He never goes back on a promise.

When Mary Magdalene and the other women went to check on the tomb of Jesus, they discovered that He was risen. Two men in shining garments told them the following.

He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ ” LUKE 24:6-7 NKJV

Upon hearing this, the women remember what the Lord told them, what He has promised. If the Lord speaks a promise directly to someone, He will keep that promise. It is His promises that we can build our faith on.

When the disciples heard the news, they thought the women were making up stories. However, Peter discovered otherwise.

And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them. But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened. LUKE 24:11-12 NKJV

He Breathed His Last

And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’ ”  Having said this, He breathed His last. LUKE 23:46 NKJV

When Jesus breathes his last breath, He commits His spirit to His Father. He goes on to overcome death to receive everlasting life. As promised, the veil of the temple is torn miraculously. At these signs, the crowd seems to realize that something significant had taken place. The centurion praises God.

So when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying, “Certainly this was a righteous Man!” And the whole crowd who came together to that sight, seeing what had been done, beat their breasts and returned. LUKE 23:47-48 NKJV

I like the story of Joseph, who was a good man. He was a council member who had not agreed with what was taking place. He requests that Pilate give him the body of Christ. He proceeds to give Jesus the proper burial.

And the women who had come with Him from Galilee followed after, and they observed the tomb and how His body was laid. Then they returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment. LUKE 23:55-56 NKJV

This is the King of the Jews

One of my favorite passages in scripture is when one of the prisoners recognizes who Jesus is on the cross.

Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:39, 40, 42, 43 NKJV)

Jesus is dying on the cross. Two other prisoners are dying with Him. He still offers grace to the one prisoner because he recognized who Christ was and that He would enter His kingdom.

And an inscription also was written over Him in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. (Luke 23:38 NKJV)

Pilate and Herod

What to do with the man claiming to be the King of the Jews? Pilate first tries to push this decision onto Herod, who had legal jurisdiction over Galilee. Herod gladly received Jesus because he had heard that Jesus could perform miracles and wished to see one.  Of course, Jesus did not come to impress people. He was on Earth at a specific time, for a very specific and important purpose.  Jesus did not respond to any of Herod’s questions and was mocked and dressed in a gorgeous robe. Herod sends Jesus back to Pilate.

What I did not realize until today, is that Pilate and Herod, who had previously despised each other, became friends with each other on that day. They could not find fault enough with Christ to justify sentencing Him to death. But, the people, the rulers and the chief priests had rejected Jesus to death, in so much as to ask for the release of Barabbas, a murderer, in His place.

Then Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people, said to them, “You have brought this Man to me, as one who misleads the people. And indeed, having examined Him in your presence, I have found no fault in this Man concerning those things of which you accuse Him; no, neither did Herod, for I sent you back to him;[c] and indeed nothing deserving of death has been done by Him. I will therefore chastise Him and release Him” (for it was necessary for him to release one to them at the feast).

And they all cried out at once, saying, “Away with this Man, and release to us Barabbas”— who had been thrown into prison for a certain rebellion made in the city, and for murder. Pilate, therefore, wishing to release Jesus, again called out to them. But they shouted, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” (Luke 23:13-21 NKJV)

All of this had been foretold.  There is no one more detailed or more perfect than God.  Jesus was to be rejected by His people. He was to become the living, perfect sacrifice on the crucifix made of tree. He was the offering that paid the price of our sins. The fact that all of this was taking place demonstrates how much we needed God because of our “human” condition.

Jesus is The Man

Jesus was literally “The Man.” The chief priests and scribes asked Him if He was the Christ after they took Him from the area of the Mount of Olives. Jesus spoke in parables throughout His ministry and His answer was perfect.

“If You are the Christ, tell us.” But He said to them, “If I tell you, you will by no means believe. And if I also ask you, you will by no means answer Me or let Me go. Hereafter the Son of Man will sit on the right hand of the power of God.” Then they all said, “Are You then the Son of God?” So He said to them, “You rightly say that I am.” (Luke 22:67-70 NKJV)

Just prior to this encounter, those that held Jesus captive taunted Him and beat Him – even His face while blindfolded. Jesus is both awe inspiring and a perfect model of relationship with the Father. He controlled His will and only did what He saw His Father do. This guided His every step, thus fulfilling prophecies and God’s plan for our redemption.

Jesus is The Man we should model our lives after.

Passover in the Upper Room

Luke 22 points out that Passover was drawing near. It is also interesting how it mentions that Satan enters Judas, one of the twelve disciples. Judas plots for a time to betray Jesus.

The Day of Unleavened Bread arrives, when the Passover offering must be killed. Jesus prophecies to the disciples of the provision in which they will share the Passover together.

And He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house which he enters. Then you shall say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with My disciples?” ’ Then he will show you a large, furnished upper room; there make ready.” (Luke 22:10-12 NKJV)

Luke 22 is amazing! Packed full of information. Jesus is the offering: the blood and the body. He asks the disciples to do the Passover in remembrance of Him. We consider the people with power over others the greater person in the world; however, the Kingdom regards the lesser. Jesus Himself says that He sat at the Passover meal to serve the disciples. Jesus is bestowing on them the Kingdom of Heaven.

For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves. And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me, (Luke 22:27, 29 NKJV)

Satan has asked for Peter as well. But, Jesus has prayed for Him – how amazing is the prayer?! He prays that Peter will strengthen his brethren once he returns to Him (after betraying Him).

And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” (Luke 22:31, 32 NKJV)