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A Journey Through the New Testament Letters

Paige Bruner

Paige Bruner

Hi, my name is Paige Bruner. I am the very proud wife of almost three years to Brady Bruner, and Mama to Jubilee Scout, who just turned 1 last month! I have two crazy dogs, Brinker and Banjo.

I am a Dallas transplant, after my husband (boyfriend at the time) dragged me here from the mountains of Wyoming, where I was teaching mountaineering all over the west. We still love to go back and play whenever we can. Now I am blessed to stay home with our baby girl every day and paint or knit in my (rare) spare time.

April 4, 2012

RUN TO THE LIVING

Luke 24
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Luke 24

The Resurrection

24:1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek 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 delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, 11 but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.

On the Road to Emmaus

13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles [1] from Jerusalem, 14 and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” 25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29 but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” 33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

36 As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” 37 But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. 38 And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41 And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, [2] 43 and he took it and ate before them.

44 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 and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

The Ascension

50 Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. 51 While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and were continually in the temple blessing God. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 24:13 Greek sixty stadia; a stadion was about 607 feet or 185 meters
[2] 24:42 Some manuscripts add and some honeycomb

Comments

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  1. Mike B.


    Apr 04, 2012 10:55

    Paige, What a beautiful expression of the love of Christ manifested in you. It is such a blessing to have your heart and soul as an influence to others. And what a blessing to Brady and that sweet baby Jubilee Scout. Thank you for brightening my day.

  2. Scott Jones


    Apr 04, 2012 08:21

    I'm with Lamp and Amanda. What an awesome thought on which to meditate as we prepare for Easter!

  3. pb


    Apr 04, 2012 06:03

    encouraged Paige!

  4. amanda


    Apr 04, 2012 05:11

    I'm with 'Lamp' on this one. Thank you Paige - truly spoke to my heart.

  5. Elaine Word


    Apr 04, 2012 04:43

    Blessings, Paige. You are such a breath of fresh air, imported from Wyoming, and missing the beauty of the mountains, I bet. I'm an import from the Jersey Shore, and I miss the ocean so very much. Here in our Metroplex there are many ways people run and hide in other things, and I appreciate your view on the Scripture today, as He spoke to your heart, and ministered to mine. It is absolutely true that we often run to other things first. We de-stress by watching TV, playing games, sports, etc... when Jesus tells us, "Come to me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Perhaps we stay away because some of the reason we have heavy burdens has to do with our own sin, our own idols, our own foolishness, and we just don't wish to think about it, and busy-ness is the best way to hide??? No matter what the cause... you are clearly right... We need to go (run) to Him... He is THEE only answer for whatever the problem. Thank you for your loving reminder. Now for you, I pray you find renewed peace and contentment here in the DFW area, that you are able to take your mountain loving nature, and transfer it to something natural in this part of the world that brings you an equal feeling of joy and home, and that in so doing, you will flourish, and further enrich the lives of those you love... your family, your church, and your community. May God Bless you richly!

  6. Lamp


    Apr 04, 2012 04:11

    The last paragraph in Reflections is what it's all about! Thanks for the reminder this morning!

  7. David Morrison


    Apr 04, 2012 02:40

    Paige!! Loved it. Was a blessing to read this morning.

  8. Jana


    Apr 04, 2012 02:39

    What an awesome commentary!!! So simply stated, but such TRUTH. My favorite statement: "Just like resurrection was impossible for anyone but God, the power behind His resurrection has the ability to strengthen us in places we would never be strong on our own." I'm posting that one on my mirror :) I am at a time in my life right now where everything is changing. My divorce is final, I am working full time, just moved myself and my kids, etc...and the days that I choose to rely on His strength are, of course, the most peaceful and productive ones. Praise Jesus that his strength is made perfect in my weakness!!!

  9. Sue Bohlin


    Apr 04, 2012 02:30

    Paige, thanks for the reminder that the Lord's amazing resurrection power is for THIS earthly life--not just reserved for heaven! I chewed on the three occurrences of the word "open" in this chapter: the disciples' eyes were opened (v. 31), Jesus opened the Scriptures to them (v. 32), and He opened the minds of the larger group of disciples to understand the Scriptures (v. 45). I did a search of the other places the word "open" appears in the NT, and discovered that the Lord opened blind eyes, both physically and spiritually, opened deaf ears, He opened minds to understand, opened hearts to Himself, and He opened the Scriptures for people. It seems that part of His redemption is opening elements of His creation that sin closed up--or closed down. Lord, open our eyes to see You everywhere; open our ears to hear Your voice; open our minds to understand the spirit life; open our hearts so we can surrender every molecule of it to You; and open Your word to us so we can understand it, receive it, and be transformed by its marvelous power!

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