The Final Intervention is Also the First – Luke 24 and Resurrection

First I want to draw your attention to the poll, if you haven’t done it will you take a couple minutes to answer the questions? We’ve had some helpful feedback already.

Secondly, I want to encourage you to read all of Luke chapter 24. Here are the two subsections we’ll focus on for Sunday:

“But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed 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, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” Then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.” (Luke 24:1-12 NRSV)

“Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”” (Luke 24:43-49 NRSV)


  • When you think of resurrection in your daily life, what images, stories, come up?
  • What role do Jesus’ disciples play in this final intervention?
  • How might this final intervention be seen as the first intervention as well?
  • What do you think it means to read the Scriptures in light of this passage (“Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures”)?


  • Think back to times when you’ve witnessed and/or experienced resurrection in your own life.