SUMMARY.--The Women at the Sepulcher.
Peter Sees the Empty Tomb.
The Lord Appears to the Two Disciples.
Jesus Appears in the Midst of the Eleven.
The Commission to Preach to All Nations.
1-12. See notes on
Upon the first day of the week. The Lord's day, our Sunday. The
women had "beheld the tomb and how his body was laid"
on Friday, then "prepared spices and ointments" in accordance with
Jewish burial customs, and "rested on the Sabbath day (Saturday)
according to the commandment"
but early Sunday morning came to the tomb on their mission of love.
They came. Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of Joses
The stone rolled away. See notes on
They knew nothing of the Roman guard that had been placed there.
Behold, two men. Angels
Remember how he spake . . . in Galilee. See
Matt. 16:21; 17:22;
Mark 8:31; 9:31; John 2:22.
These women were of Galilee and had heard, or heard of, these
They remembered. They had not before comprehended his
Seemed to them as idle tales. To the apostles. They seemed
to have not 
the slightest expectation of a resurrection.
Then arose Peter. John was with him
At the tomb John believed.
13. Two of them were going that very day. This account is given
in detail by Luke only. Cleopas was one of the two
Emmaus. Six or eight miles west of Jerusalem.
15. While they communed. About Jesus and his death.
Jesus . . . drew near. When our thoughts are upon him we are
likeliest to enjoy his presence.
16. Their eyes were holden. This was their explanation of not
knowing him. Mark says
that he was "in another form."
18. One of them named Cleopas. This was one of the names of the
husband of the mother of James and Joses
Dost thou alone sojourn in Jerusalem and not know? Cleopas is
surprised that any one in Jerusalem should be ignorant of the marvellous
19. What things? Christ asked this, only that they should
declare what they believed, had hoped, and their disappointment.
21. We hoped that it was he which should redeem Israel. They
hoped. They did not now hope. Their hopes were buried. 
25. O foolish men. Because "slow of heart to believe all that
the prophets have spoken."
29-32. Abide with us. For the night.
Took the bread and blessed it. Not as a guest, but as
Their eyes were opened. They recognized him.
33-35. They rose up the same hour. They could not keep such news until
the next day.
Found the eleven. This is probably the meeting recorded in
Hath appeared to Simon. See
1 Cor. 15:5.
36-43. He himself stood in the midst of them. Though the doors
See my hands and my feet. Thomas, who was not present,
referred afterwards to these tests
His body retained the marks of his suffering.
While they still disbelieved for joy. They felt it was too
good to be believed.
He took it, and did eat. As a proof that it was his bodily
44-49. And he said unto them. Between verses 43 and 44, Luke
passes over an interval of weeks, and many appearances of the Risen
Christ, to come at once to the event of his Ascension. The Lord, about
to send them forth to preach, "opens their mind that they might
understand the Scriptures,"
and then repeats the Commission, before given in Galilee. He requires
that (1) Repentance, (2) Remission of Sins, (3) Shall be Preached in
his Name, (4) Unto All Nations, (5) Beginning at Jerusalem. This was
literally obeyed on the day of Pentecost.
The promise of my Father. Of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Tarry ye. They were not to begin the great work until the
endowment from on High came.
50-53. He led them out . . . over against Bethany. For other
accounts of the Ascension, see
Mark 16:19, 20 and Acts 1:1-9.
Blessed them. The last act of the Savior upon the earth was a
Returned . . . great joy. Their Lord not only lived, but had
ascended to his throne.
Were continually in the temple. Worshiping and teaching. See
is a link between Luke's Gospel and his Acts of the Apostles.