LUKE 24:37-43

Verses 37-43 “37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. 38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold my hands and my feet, that 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 his 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 an honeycomb. 43 And he took it, and did eat before them.”

Jesus proved to His disciples that His resurrection was not a “spiritual” resurrection but a physical one.  He has a nail-scarred and spear-pierced body in heaven today.

LUKE 24:25-26

Verses 25-26 “25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: 26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?”

Any time we do not believe all that the Bible says, we are fools and slow of heart.  Even saved people sometimes have trouble believing all of the Bible; but, as Jesus indicates here, we should never doubt it.

LUKE 24:6

Verse 6 “He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,”

The textual critics and some new English versions (RSV and NEB) have omitted the words, “He is not here, but is risen.”  However, these words are genuine Scripture, important to the doctrine of the resurrection, and well supported in almost all manuscripts that have the chapter.

Everyone seems to have an opinion these days about which Bible text is the best, but after studying the matter for many years, this writer is convinced that the opinion of Traditional Text (King James Bible) supporters is just as valid (if not more so) as any other opinion regarding the matter.


LUKE 24:6-8

Verses 6-8 “6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, 7 Saying, 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.”

Jesus had predicted His own resurrection before the event, and then brought it to pass.  No one could do this except God.  Here is assurance of the Christ’s deity and power to save.  It is also absolute proof that everything that Jesus ever said is true.  We would do well to remember His words.


LUKE 23:50-51

Verses 50 and 51 “50 And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor; and he was a good man, and a just: 51 (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God.”

Joseph of Arimathaea waited for the Kingdom of God (longed for it to come), and he was a good and just man.  If we believe that Jesus is coming again, it should make us good and just, too, in the same way that Joseph was good and just.

LUKE 23:34

Verse 34 “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”

Jesus was forgiving of those who crucified Him.  If He could forgive them of such a monstrous sin, should not we forgive those who sin against us?  It is not always easy to forgive.  Sometimes it seems almost impossible.  But it is far better for us, and even better for some others, if we, by God’s grace, will forgive those who have trespassed against us.

LUKE 23:29-31

Verses 29-31 “29 For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck.
30 Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us.
31 For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?”
Jesus says that things are only going to get worse for believers in this world.  If the world could be so evil while Jesus was present (green tree), what shall the world be like when God’s Son is gone and forgotten (dry tree)?  But we are not dispirited because there is deliverance in the Lord, deliverance and victory.


LUKE 23:26

Verse 26 “And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus.”

Simon the Cyrenian carried Jesus’ cross part of the way to Golgotha.  As a human, Jesus became too weak and weary to carry His cross and fell beneath the awful load.  This reminds us that there is a cross for all of us to carry in this world that is blighted by sin.  Jesus paid our sin-debt on His cross. As Christians, we have crosses to bear and burdens to bear.  No one else can carry our cross.  We must bear it.  But Jesus does not leave us alone.  He strengthens us for the journey, He encourages us when we grow weary, and He helps us up when we fall.


LUKE 23:17

Verse 17 “(For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.)”

Some new English versions leave out this verse.  The omission is a mistake on the part of the translators of the new versions.  It is not for us mere humans to reconstruct the Bible today.  We should not be adding or subtracting what we imagine to be best.  It is rather for us to accept the words of God which He has preserved for us and which His churches have received as canonical.  Verse 17 received canonicity at the beginning and should be received now.