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“Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem” (Luke 24:45-47, ESV). When the two disciples who had met Jesus on the road to Emmaus were telling the others about what had happened, the Lord showed Himself once again (v.36). He demonstrated to them that he was truly raised and not merely a spirit, that He had “flesh and bones” (vv.37-39), that he could eat (vv.41-42), and then proceeded, as before with the two, to explain His resurrection in the context of the Scriptures. The disciples are to understand that His death and resurrection were for the salvation of man—for they shall soon be commissioned to proclaim this message near and far.

Jesus Christ brings the fulness of salvation. The prophets point forward to Him, the apostles reflect back upon Him; the Scriptures center upon Jesus and what He has done. In Him we may have life. Keep your hope and confidence fixed fully upon your risen Savior, and rejoice in the wonderful redeeming mercy of God.

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