He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee.
This portion of Luke 24
that I have selected for today’s devotional reading is a record of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, as recorded by Dr. Luke. This event in history is the cornerstone of our faith due to the fact that Jesus Christ had to rise from the dead to prove He was who He said He was.
His resurrection is also proof that He can do what He said He would do, at this time in history and in the future. Jesus Christ died to take away our sin and rose from the dead to prove He was the one qualified to do that.
I could write a lot about the resurrection from this passage but I want to point you to several verses and share with you what may be some new thoughts for you to consider. Verses 4 to 6
are the portion of the text that I’m referring to for your consideration.
When the “Mary’s” arrived at the grave sight, verses 1-3
, they found the “stone rolled away from the sepulcher”. They even entered the burial sight and did not see the body of Jesus. The body was gone.
These ladies, also saw “two men in shining garments” standing near the burial sight. As the women stood there “perplexed” the two men spoke to them saying, “He is not here, but is risen”, verse 6
These two “men” had witnessed the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the only “eye witnesses” to the resurrection. They then gave testimony of what had happened to these ladies that had come to minister at the grave site of Jesus.
It is interesting to me that there were also “two men” watching Jesus ascend into heaven, as recorded in another book that Dr Luke wrote to reveal the activities of Jesus. The book of Acts records the events of that day when Jesus went to heaven as His disciples watched Him go to “His Father’s house”.
Notice that in the account of the Lord’s return to heaven, after His resurrection, Acts 1:9-11
, there were also “two men” standing by watching, verse 10
. These men told those gathered there on the Mount of Olives that as He had gone to heaven, He would return to Earth someday.
I bring these two events, with “two men” in attendance at both, to your attention to have you consider that these “two men” are most likely the “Two Witnesses” of Revelation 11
who will have a three and one half year ministry from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Remember, a “witness” gives testimony of what he saw. During the Tribulation Period to come the “two witnesses” will be preaching and there will be many people that come to salvation through Jesus Christ, a result of His resurrection.
The message of the Two Witnesses during the Tribulation, at least the first of the seven years, will be that Jesus resurrected from the dead and He is coming again. That’s the “gospel of the kingdom” that will be preached to the whole world, Matthew 24:14
, before Jesus comes back to Earth.
One of those witnesses will be Elijah, Malachi 4:5
. I rejoice every time they sing at church the song, “We are living in the days of Elijah”. I do believe that we are living in “those days”. These “days” will be those that will follow the Rapture of the Church.
Remember, before the Tribulation, the time period of the ministry of the “Two Witnesses”, Jesus will shout for us to join Him in the heavens and that day could be today…. So keep looking up.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Lord help me to realize that we are living in the “days of Elijah” and live, expecting Jesus to call us up to heaven at any moment.