This week’s ongoing Biblical study series on the Social Gospel Blog with Rev. Paul J. Bern: Luke 24, verses 1–16

Minister Paul J Bern
6 min readFeb 26, 2022

The Elation of His Resurrection

(Luke chapter 24, verses 1–16)

Three empty crosses at Calvary at sunrise

Last week as we left off at the conclusion of Luke chapter 23, Jesus had just died and had been buried in a borrowed grave belonging to one Joseph of Arimethia. Although no one saw the significance of this at the time, Jesus being laid in a borrowed grave for 3 days confirms what he said earlier in our previous study of Luke (see chapter 18, verses 31–33). In Luke 14, verse 14 it reads, “Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous”. Jesus spoke of this as part of his ‘parable of the great banquet’. For the full context, check out Luke chapter 14, verses 12–24.

This week as we begin the 24th and final chapter of Luke’s gospel, we have the occurrence of something truly supernatural. The grave that Jesus’ body was entombed in has been found empty. Of course, we all know the story of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, but have you ever examined the details involved in this occurrence? Starting this week, and for the next 3 weeks afterward, we’ll be doing exactly that as we delve into this week’s lesson. So let’s plunge right in to the refreshing waters of the Gospel of Luke chapter 24, beginning at verse one.

On the first morning of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he is risen! Remember how He told you, when he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ And they remembered his words.” (Luke 24, verses 1–8)

So these women — Luke did not specify how many, but I would say at least three or more — have gone to Jesus’ borrowed tomb in the predawn hours of the morning…

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Minister Paul J Bern

Rev. Paul J. Bern is a Web pastor and blogger on The Social Gospel Blog on Medium and Substack. Longtime Atlanta Ga. resident; stroke survivor; piano player