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A Journey Through the Entire Bible

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


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Luke 24

Jesus Has Risen

24 On the first day 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 has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ Then they remembered his words.

When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.

On the Road to Emmaus

13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.

17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”

They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

19 “What things?” he asked.

“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”

25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.

30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.

44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”

45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

The Ascension of Jesus

50 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. 52 Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. 53 And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.

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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