Jesus Lives Forever      Luke 24:22-36, 50-53      Feb. 27, 2005

Does the Bible promise Jesus will live forever? Yes! It says this in several ways, but most often as He promises to give believers eternal life. Look at just these few verses from the Gospel of John: 3:15-16, 4:14, 5:24, 6:40, 8:35-36, 10:28, 14:19, 17:2-3. Jesus could not offer eternal life unless He had it to give; making the obvious conclusion, Jesus Lives Forever.

1.    The Resurrection . . Announcement that Jesus Lives Forever. 24:22-24
A.    The Announcement of the . . Women. 24:22-23
    22 Moreover, some women from our group astounded us. They arrived early at the tomb,  23 and when they didn't find His body, they came and reported that they had seen a vision of angels who said He was alive.

B.    The Announcement of the . . Witnesses. 24:24
    24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they didn't see Him."

        It is a point for women that they were the last to leave the cross, and the first to witness the empty tomb. These women announced the resurrection to the Apostles and the rest of the disciples. Jesus met some disciples on the road to Emmaus and they were giving testimony to what the ladies had shared. That is humorous, because Jesus knew the story better than all. There are additional witnesses to the empty tomb and they also proclaimed the news of the resurrection. All of us need to practice this sharing so others will know the possibility of living forever.

2.    The Resurrection . . Authentication that Jesus Lives Forever. 24:25-31
A.    The Authentication from the . . Scripture. 24:25-27
    25 He said to them, "How unwise and slow you are to believe in your hearts all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Didn't the Messiah have to suffer these things and enter into His glory?" 27 Then beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted for them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.

B.    The Authentication from the . . Sharing. 24:28-30
28 They came near the village where they were going, and He gave the impression that He was going farther. 29 But they urged Him: "Stay with us, because it's almost evening, and now the day is almost over." So He went in to stay with them. 30 It was as He reclined at the table with them that He took the bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.

C.    The Authentication from the . . Spectacle. 24:31
        31 Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him, but He disappeared from their sight.

        Jesus taught as they walked along the road, and He authenticated His message through the scriptures. I had a professor who said the Old Testament did not teach about Jesus, and I pointed out these verses to him. (This was before the much needed Conservative Resurgence.) It is sad some will not depend upon the scriptures to teach even though our Lord set this example for us. Eternal life is also authenticated in the sharing Jesus gave to these disciples in their home. Then the climatic proof came as Jesus broke the bread, and at that point they saw His nail scarred hands. The text says "then their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him." From this they knew personally Jesus was alive, and lives forever.

3.    The Resurrection . . Acclamation that Jesus Lives Forever. 24:32-36
A.    The . . Acclamation from their Memory. 24:32
        32 So they said to each other, "Weren't our hearts ablaze within us while He was talking with us on the road and explaining the Scriptures  to us?"

B.    The . . Acclamation from their Message. 24:33-35
        33 That very hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem. They found the Eleven and those with them gathered together, 34 who said, "The Lord has certainly been raised, and has appeared to Simon!" 35 Then they began to describe what had happened on the road and how He was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

C.    The . . Acclamation from Jesus Manifestation. 24:36
        36 And as they were saying these things, He Himself stood among them. He said to them, "Peace to you!"

        The message that Jesus Lives Forever is acclaimed through the memory of these disciples reflecting on their heart-burning experience along the road as Jesus explained the scriptures. Next they traveled to Jerusalem and shared their experience with the other disciples. The final acclamation for them, and the apex to their message, came as Jesus manifested Himself by standing in their midst.

4. The Resurrection . . Affirmation that Jesus Lives Forever. 24:50-53
A.    Affirmed In Their . . Companionship. 24:50
    50 Then He led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up His hands He blessed them.

B.    Affirmed In Their . . Commemoration. 24:51-52
        51 And while He was blessing them, He left them and was carried up into heaven. 52 After worshiping Him, they returned to Jerusalem with great joy.

C.    Affirmed In Their . . Consistency. 24:53
    53 And they were continually in the temple complex blessing God.

        Affirmation came in the companionship they shared with Jesus going out to Bethany and the blessing He gave. The Lord's ascension is commemorated in moments of worship before they returned to Jerusalem. What a time of worship they had! Some experiences are more fantastic than others and I think this blessing from the Lord would also burn in their memory. The final verse in the lesson makes the point of consistency as they worship continually in the temple. The bottom line for all believers proves itself in consistent worship in the House of God, because Jesus Lives Forever. Amen? Amen!