One of the most intriguing events in the period between the Resurrection and Ascension of Christ took place on Resurrection Day. Just about every preacher would love to have been there, or at least been a fly on the wall and overhear the conversation. It is briefly mentioned in Mark 16:12, "After these things he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country" (ESV).

The Road to Emmaus (Zund)A more complete account is given in Luke 24:13-25. "That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles [11 km] from Jerusalem, and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened" (verses 13-14). "They were deep in conversation..." (Message Bible), "they communed" (ASV) and reasoned, as the Greek text uses a different word from "talking" or "speaking." "This term suggests emotional dialogue and can thus be translated 'debated'" (NET Bible).

Like so many events recorded in the Bible, this "God moment" took place during an activity common to everyday life. Two disciples were walking down a road out of Jerusalem and while they walked a conversation took place. For the record, only one disciple is named, Cleopas (verse 18), and he was not one of the twelve nor is he mentioned elsewhere in the New Testament.  Read More 

In the 40 days between the resurrection and ascension of Christ, there are records of many witnesses to the facts. In our last newsletter I wrote of the necessity of the resurrection and how the early church made it the center of their preaching. Let's go back for a moment to this period when the resurrected Christ walked on this earth.

"He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God" (Acts 1:3 ESV). On one occasion He appeared to "over 500" believers (I Corinthians 15:6), and to the disciples both individually and collectively many times.

Ascension of Christ (Jorisvo)In Luke 24:30-48 (same event in John 20:19-25) Jesus appeared to his disciples (except Thomas), "Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, 'Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city [of Jerusalem, Textus Receptus] until you are clothed with power from on high.'" (Luke 24:45-49 ESV).  Read More