“AFTER THE RESURRECTION: THE ESSENCE OF THE GOSPEL MESSAGE”
All four of the Gospels include the Resurrection of Christ but each has different details. That means that each Gospel writer had his own perspective and a unique purpose. Here in Luke Chapter 24 the writer deals with the essential message of all of the Gospels, the meaning of the empty tomb. Please read and study Luke 24 carefully as you prepare for our next Bible Study. In this text there are many messages for Christians today in the church of Jesus the Christ!
Please read Luke 24 and prepare to answer the following questions:
1. Who were the women in Verse 1 and what was the purpose of their spices?
2. Look at each part of the angel’s message to the women in verses 5-7. What was the importance of each part?
3. From the evidence you see in this chapter, how would you describe the nature of the resurrected body of Jesus Christ?
4. Who were the two disciples walking on the road to Emmaus? Where was Emmaus?
5. What words did the two disciples on the Emmaus road use to describe Jesus without realizing that Jesus Himself was with them?
6. If you were one of the disciples listening to the words of Jesus in verses 44-49 and based on your own personality, what kinds of thoughts and questions would come to your mind as you heard these words?
7. What can this chapter teach us about faith?
8. In this chapter, which of these character qualities in Jesus comes through most strongly to you: His compassion, His power, or His wisdom? (Explain your answer.)
9. What in this chapter do you think might be the most interesting to someone who was learning about Jesus Christ for the first time, and why?
10. In light of how you’re doing spiritually in your life today, which verse in this chapter do you think is the most important at this time—and why?
11. What evidence do you find in this chapter that could be used to help a Christian friend who had doubts whether the Bible was truly God’s Word?
12. In verse 47, Jesus says two things are to be preached around the world in His name. What are these two things? Explain what is the true importance of these two things?
13. Look again at the statement Jesus made in verse 47. Then identify together the kinds of people in your community whom you would say probably know the least about the living Lord Jesus Christ. What else are these people like?
14. What do they do in daily life? Where do they live?
15. Now imagine that God has brought you together with a small group of these people, and in this meeting they indicate a sincere desire to understand who Jesus is and what He has done. From what you have seen in the gospel of Luke, what are the most important things you would want to communicate to them, and how would you word it?
16. Think about this command in Colossians 3:1 —”Since you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.” What have you personally observed about Jesus Christ in this chapter that would be worthy of setting your heart on?