BibleProject Luke-Acts Series - Lesson 5

The Resurrection of Jesus (Luke 24) - BibleProject

In this lesson, you explore the final section of Luke's Gospel, which presents Jesus' death, resurrection, and ascension. The story begins with Jesus' burial and continues with the discovery of the empty tomb by the women who followed him. The narrative then takes you on the road to Emmaus, where Jesus appears to his followers but remains unrecognized until they share a meal with him. Finally, you witness Jesus' ascension into heaven, symbolizing his enthronement as the divine king. This account sets the stage for the continuation of the story in Luke's second volume, the Book of Acts, and emphasizes the transformative power of Jesus' message and the need for a new understanding of his kingdom.
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Lesson 5
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The Resurrection of Jesus (Luke 24) - BibleProject

BP160-05: This video concludes Luke's epic portrait of Jesus of Nazareth

I. The Story of Jesus in Luke's Gospel

A. The Arrival of an Unlikely King

B. Jesus as a Teacher-Prophet

C. Conflict with Religious Leaders

D. Jesus' Death and Burial

II. The Resurrection of Jesus

A. The Empty Tomb

B. The Women's Encounter with Mysterious Figures

III. The Road to Emmaus

A. Jesus Appears to His Followers

B. Explaining the Scriptures

C. The Meal and Recognition of Jesus

IV. The Ascension of Jesus

A. Jesus Enthroned as Divine King

B. Promise of Divine Power for the Disciples

C. Transition to the Book of Acts

  • In this lesson, you learn about the events surrounding Jesus' birth in the Gospel of Luke, the humble beginnings that foreshadow his kingdom, and how his arrival signifies a world order turned upside down, exalting the poor and humble.
  • In this lesson, you gain insight into Jesus' ministry, his teachings on freedom and radical living, the appointment of his twelve disciples, and his role as the ultimate prophet, as portrayed in the Gospel of Luke.
  • Through Jesus' journey to Jerusalem, you learn how his teachings and parables challenge traditional values, create communities of love and forgiveness, and demonstrate God's mercy for all, even those who have strayed from the path.
  • Through Jesus' final week in Jerusalem, you'll discover his prophetic protest, arrest, and crucifixion, highlighting his innocence and unwavering love for humanity, as he ushers in a new future for Israel and all people.
  • In this lesson, you learn about Jesus' death, resurrection, and ascension as depicted in Luke's Gospel, revealing the transformative power of his message and the necessity for a new understanding of his kingdom, ultimately setting the stage for the continuation of the story in the Book of Acts.
  • In the Book of Acts, you learn about the fulfillment of God's promises through Jesus, the significance of Pentecost, and the challenges faced by early followers of Jesus. As you explore the events and stories in Acts, you will gain insight into how Jesus' kingdom continued to grow despite persecution and adversity.
  • Through the stories of unexpected converts, Saul's transformation, and the formation of the church in Antioch, you'll learn how the Jesus movement expanded from a small group of Jewish followers to a multi-ethnic community spreading throughout the world.
  • By studying the Apostle Paul's life and travels, you'll gain insight into his dedication to spreading Jesus' message throughout the Roman Empire, despite facing opposition and hardship, and how his teachings transformed people's lives and created new communities of believers living under Jesus' rule.
  • This lesson explores Paul's journey to Jerusalem and Rome, where he faced trials and imprisonment but continued to spread the good news of Jesus' kingdom. You will gain insight into the transformation of Saul into Paul, his mission to unify diverse communities, and the open-ended conclusion of Acts, which invites participation in the ongoing growth of Jesus' kingdom.
BP160-05 - The Resurrection of Jesus (Luke 24) We have been looking at the story of Jesus as it is told in Luke's Gospel. It begins with the arrival of an unlikely king born in poor humble circumstances. Then we saw Jesus as a teacher-prophet. He went through out Israel calling people to a radical way of life. Where enemies become friends, the poor are cared for, where people find forgiveness for their failures. He went from town to town, inviting people to follow him, and live under God's reign in this upside down way. And he did many signs and wonders, so many Israelites began to hope that He would rescue Israel from the Romans and set up a new kingdom of peace and justice. In short, that He would bring the Kingdom of God Now, the religious leaders of the day were also hoping for God's Kingdom but to them, the message of Jesus was a threat. Yeah, they had expected to gain power and prestige when all this went down. But Jesus said that God's kingdom belongs to the poor, to the outsider. And the real power is serving others in love. This conflict intensified when Jesus, while in Jerusalem disrupted the temple's sacrifices and called Israel's leaders a gang of rebels So, they arrested Jesus and they have him accused before the Roman authorities of being a rebel king. He was handed over for execution even though he was innocent. But then he was taken outside the city and put to death on false charges. This brings us to the final section of the Gospel of Luke There was a religious leader named Joseph, who opposed Jesus's execution and then requested to be given his body so he could buried Jesus in a nearby tomb. And then a couple of days later some women who had followed Jesus, came to visit that tomb and they found it open, and empty and they encounter these mysterious figures telling them that Jesus was alive from the dead. So they ran away terrified, nobody believed their report. I mean he can't be alive they all saw him die. Now, just outside of Jerusalem a pair of Jesus's followers were leaving the city traveling on a road to a town called Emmaus. And they were sad and confused about everything that had happened. Then Jesus shows up walking along side them but they do not know it is him. Yeah, that is weird. Why could not they recognized him? Yeah, it is odd but a really significant image for Luke. So, they are blind to Jesus for some reason, so Jesus asks them. What are you guys talking about? And they begin telling him about Jesus, a powerful prophet who they expected would rescue Israel; but it was instead executed. Some women see him alive, which is crazy. It is all too much, we are going home. So Jesus tries to explain that this is what the Jewish scriptures had been pointing to all along. That Israel needed a King who would suffer and die as a rebel on behalf of those who are actually rebels. And then he would be vindicated by his resurrection, so he could give true life to those who would receive it. But it still not making sense, they are as confused as ever. Which leads to the scene where they sit down for a meal with Jesus He takes the bread, he blesses it, breaks it and gives it to them just as he did at the last supper. Yeah, this is the image of his broken body, his death on the cross And it is when they take in the broken bread That is when their eyes are open to see Jesus then he disappears and the episode is over So this is a story about how it is hard is to see Jesus for who he really is Yes, this is brilliant, I mean How could God's royal power and love be revealed through this man's shameful execution? How could a humble man become the King of world through weakness and self sacrifice? It is very hard to see. But this is the message of the Gospel of Luke. It takes a transformation of your imagination to see it and embrace Jesus's upside down kingdom. The Gospel of Luke ends with, Jesus and all of his disciples together over another meal and everyone is freaking out about his resurrected body. I mean he is still a human but way more. Yes, He has passed through death and come out the other side, a walking, talking, piece of new creation and then Jesus tells them that He's going to give them the same divine power that sustained Him so they can go out and share the Good News of God's Kingdom with other people. After this, Luke tells us that Jesus was taken up into Heaven which is a cool exit and all, but why disappear into the sky? In the Old Testament, the skies are the place of God's throne, they're above everything so this is Luke's way of showing that Jesus has been enthroned as the Divine King of the whole world His followers stay in Jerusalem, worshipping God and Jesus waiting for this new power and this is where the gospel ends now Luke is going to write about how they receive this power and take the news out into the world and that's what his second volume, The Book Of Acts, is all about.