Epistles of Thomas

October 7, 2008

Luke 22-24

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What do you think the disciples expected to do with their two swords (22:38)? Did they misunderstand Jesus? Compared with the power of a Roman legion two swords should strike us as very insignificant. They did manage to cut off the right ear of a servant (v50), whom Jesus immediately healed. I wonder what that servant was thinking to himself later.

In Luke 23:39-43 he tells us that one of the criminals chose to believe in Jesus and Jesus promised “today you will be with me in paradise.” What does this tell us about life after death? This is more information than what Matthew and Mark give us. Presumably Luke has another source. Note also that Luke does not quote Jesus in Aramaic. No one in this account thinks he is calling for Elijah or one of the prophets. The centurion’s remark on seeing Jesus die is “Surely this was a righteous man” (23:47) rather than this was the son of God. Luke also gives us a lot more detail concerning Jesus’ activities after he rose from the dead. This is continued in Acts with his ascension. Jesus’ resurrection body appeared different and they did not recognise them but it was still a physical body and he walked, talked and ate with them.

Congratulations, you have now finished the synoptic gospels and by the end of the week you will have completed one third of the New Testament. Keep up the Good work!

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