Jesus’ Life: Chapter 19 – The Resurrection Of Jesus
Time: Easter Sunday
It was probably late evening when Cleopas and the other disciple set off on their return journey from Emmaus to Jerusalem; they were overjoyed and wanted to share with their closest friends, the Apostles, the great news that Jesus had risen and walked with them to Emmaus.
It would have taken them a few hours to travel the seven or so miles and seek out the place where the fearful Apostles had gathered; a journey that they had already walked earlier in the day but in the opposite direction.
When they found the eleven, they were also celebrating saying, “The Lord has really risen, and has appeared to Simon [Peter]!” (Luke 24:34)
Simon Peter’s meeting with the Risen Jesus was probably his first since his sideways glance at Him in the courtyard of Caiaphas’ Palace early Good Friday morning; at the time, Jesus had been arrested and was being questioned, and then the cock crowed! (Luke 22:61)
Cleopas and the other disciple’s account undoubtedly added to the Apostles joy when they shared the scripture discussion they had with Jesus and that they only recognised Him when He sat at the table, took bread, blessed and broke it and gave it to them to eat.
It was still Easter Sunday, the first day of his resurrection, and the Risen Lord had already appeared to:
1. Mary Magdalene outside the tomb (John 20:10-18; Mark 16:9)
2. Mary Magdalene and Mary the Mother of James & Joseph (Matthew 28:7-10)
3. Simon Peter (Luke 24:34, 1 Corinthians 15:4-8)
4. Cleopas and another disciple on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35) (Luke 24:33-34)
I wonder, what did Simon Peter ask or say to Jesus?
Lord Jesus, forgive me my sins, save me from the tortures of hell and lead all poor suffering souls to Heaven.
Prayer: Our True Love (Hildegard of Bingen)
Jesus Christ, the love that gives love,
You are higher than the highest star;
You are deeper than the deepest sea;
You cherish us as your own family;
You embrace us as your own spouse;
You rule over us as your own subjects;
You welcome us as your dearest friend.
Let all the world worship you.