|Luke 24 |
1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.
2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.
3 But when they entered in, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments.
5 And as they were frightened and bowed down their faces to the earth, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead?
6 He is not here, but is risen! Remember how he spoke to you when he was still in Galilee,
7 Saying, 'The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and the third day rise again.'
8 And they remembered his words,
9 And returning from the tomb, they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.
10 Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women who were with them, who told these things to the apostles.
11 And their words seemed like idle tales to them, and they did not believe them.
12 But Pete got up and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself what had happened.
13 Now behold, two of the disciples were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem.
14 And they talked together about all these things that had happened.
15 And it came to pass that while they talked together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near and walked along with them.
16 But their eyes were hindered, so that they did not know him.
17 And he said to them, "What manner of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?"
18 Then the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, "Are you only a visitor in Jerusalem, and do not known the things that have come to pass there in these days?"
19 And he said to them, "What things?" And they said to him, "About Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people,
20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.
21 But we trusted that it was he who would have redeemed Israel. And beside all this, today is the third day since these things were done."
22 And certain women who were also of our company and went to the tomb early, astonished us.
23 They came saying that they did not find not his body, but they had seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive.
24 And some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it as the women had said; but they did not see him."
25 Then he said to them, "O foolish and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken.
26 Should Christ not have suffered all these things, and then enter into his glory?"
27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he explained to them in all the scriptures the things about himself.
28 Then they drew near the village where they were going, and he acted as though he would continue on.
29 But they urged him, saying, "Remain with us, for it is evening, and the day is nearly over." So he went in to stay with them.
30 And it came to pass, as he sat at the table with them, that he took bread, blessed it, broke it and gave it to them.
31 And their eyes were opened and they knew him, and he vanished out of their sight.
32 Then they said one to another, "Did our heart not burn within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the scriptures to us?"
33 And they got up that same hour and returned to Jerusalem, where they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together,
34 Who said, "The Lord has risen indeed and has appeared to Simon [Peter]."
35 Then they told the things that had happened on the road, and how he was known by them in the breaking of bread.
36 And as they were speaking, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, "Peace be to you."
37 But they were terrified and startled and thought that they had seen a ghost.
38 And he said to them, "Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts?
39 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself! Touch me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have."
40 And when he had spoken this, he showed them his hands and his feet.
41 And while they still could not believe it because of their joy, and wonder, he said to them, "Have you any food here?"
42 So they gave him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb,
43 And he took it and ate before them.
44 Then he said to them, "This is what I spoke to you about while I was still with you; that all things that were written concerning me in the law of Moses and in the Prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled."
45 Then he opened their understanding, so that they might understand the scriptures,
46 And said to them, "Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead the third day,
47 And that repentance and release from bondage of sins [remission]1 should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
48 You are witnesses of these things.
49 And behold, I will send the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city of Jerusalem until you are clothed with power from on high."
50 Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and he lifted up his hands and blessed them.
51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, that he parted from them and was carried up into heaven.
52 And they worshipped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,
53 And were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen.
1 to preach repentance and release from bondage of sins. The original Greek for release from bondage of sin could be translated as release from bondage, forgiveness, or remission, of sin. Release from bondage of sin is far more accurate, and perfectly describes the purification necessary to avoid being banned from heaven. The cleansing of the Word, the cleansing in the Light, both attained by waiting on the Lord, listening, hearing, watching, and obeying — such cleansing is a release from the bondage of sin. But the poor souls, who were trying to translate the Bible, had not experienced release from bondage of sin within themselves, and so obviously chose to emphasize forgiveness instead. Yet release from captivity, from the prison house, from the oppression, is what Christ said he came to do:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor [in Spirit]; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted [who mourn due to their slavery to sin], to preach release to the captives [of sin], and recovery of sight to the [spiritually] blind, to deliver [free] those who are oppressed [in slavery to sin], Luke 4:18-19
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me because the LORD has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim deliverance to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound [in slavery to sin]; Isa 61:1-2
and for what Paul said Jesus sent him to the Gentiles to accomplish:
"I [Jesus] now send you, to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, release from sin's slavery, and an inheritance among those who are purified by faith in me." Acts 26:17-18
Clearly forgiveness is not deliverance, recovery, healing, opening the prison, release, turned from power of Satan, — while release from the bondage of sin accurately describes all.