Luke 24:1-35

The whole passage is about witnessing in one way or another! First, the angels witness to the women. Then the women witness to the disciples. Then Jesus witnesses to the disciples on the road to Emmaus. Then they go to witness to the disciples, who witness to them because of what has happened to Peter!

When Jesus is witnessing he opens the Scriptures to help them understand that what happened was exactly according to God’s plan, and had to happen the way it did. In effect, the prophets are witnessing as well! What could He have shared with them? Perhaps passages like:

Genesis 3:15 “And I will put hostility between you and the woman and between your offspring and her offspring; he will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.”

Micah 5:2 “As for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, seemingly insignificant among the clans of Judah— from you a king will emerge who will rule over Israel on my behalf, one whose origins are in the distant past.”

2 Samuel 7:12-13 “When the time comes for you to die, I will raise up your descendant, one of your own sons, to succeed you, and I will establish his kingdom. He will build a house for my name, and I will make his dynasty permanent.”

Isaiah 7:14 “For this reason the Lord himself will give you a confirming sign. Look, this young woman is about to conceive and will give birth to a son. You, young woman, will name him Immanuel.”

Isaiah 9:6 “For a child has been born to us, a son has been given to us. He shoulders responsibility and is called Wonderful Adviser, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 61:1 “The spirit of the sovereign LORD is upon me, because the LORD has chosen me. He has commissioned me to encourage the poor, to help the brokenhearted, to decree the release of captives, and the freeing of prisoners,”

Psalm 22:7-8 “All who see me taunt me; they mock me and shake their heads. They say, ‘Commit yourself to the LORD! Let the LORD rescue him! Let the LORD deliver him, for he delights in him.'”

Psalm 22:18 “They are dividing up my clothes among themselves; they are rolling dice for my garments.”

Psalm 109:4 “They repay my love with accusations, but I continue to pray.”

Isaiah 53:5-6 “He was wounded because of our rebellious deeds, crushed because of our sins; he endured punishment that made us well; because of his wounds we have been healed. All of us had wandered off like sheep; each of us had strayed off on his own path, but the LORD caused the sin of all of us to attack him.”

Isaiah 53:8-10 “He was led away after an unjust trial— but who even cared? Indeed, he was cut off from the land of the living; because of the rebellion of his own people he was wounded. They intended to bury him with criminals, but he ended up in a rich man’s tomb, because he had committed no violent deeds, nor had he spoken deceitfully. Though the LORD desired to crush him and make him ill, once restitution is made, he will see descendants and enjoy long life, and the LORD’s purpose will be accomplished through him.”

We also see a pattern (of sorts) for successful evangelism, modeled by Jesus:

  • Jesus walks with them (a euphemism for living life with others)
  • There is an opportunity to talk about spiritual matters
  • Jesus shares from the Scriptures
  • Their reaction shows their interest
  • Their hearts and eyes are opened
  • They seek out fellowship

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