The final chapter of Luke is focused on the miraculous, bodily resurrection of Jesus. This singular event establishing His divinity forms the unique aspect of Christianity which rises above all other world relig-ions. Luke provides three brief historical essays dealing with this resurrection: (1) the presence of disciples at the empty tomb of Jesus on the morning of the first day of the week and their witness to Jesus’ words that He would rise again (1-12); Jesus’ appearance to two men on the road between Jerusalem and Emmaus (13-35); and Jesus’ final appearance and instructions followed by His ascension back to heaven (36-53).
- Women disciples
- Two on the road to Emmaus
- All the disciples
Came to anoint the body of Jesus
These included Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James.
One was Cleopas
Witnessed Jesus risen and ascending to heaven
- At the tomb where Jesus had been buried
- On the road to Emmaus
- Back in Jerusalem
Seven miles from Jerusalem
Jesus provided further witness
Where Jesus ascended to heaven from the Mount of Olives (Acts 1:12).
That Jesus provided ample evidence of His resurrection from the dead at that time.
That Jesus instructed His disciples to wait in Jerusalem to receive Divine power enabling them to take the message of the gospel to the whole world.
That Jesus ascended back to heaven in a miraculous manner.