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.
Verse 32 “And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?”
The Scriptures, when opened, read, and believed will always put a fire in your heart. As Wesley said, “Our hearts were strangely warmed.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.