Jul. 4. Saul Converted

Acts 9:1-19

Saul was an intense persecutor of the church. He was a devout Pharisee who was born in the city of Tarsus, in Cilicia about four hundred fifty miles north of Jerusalem. The place of his birth was at a seat of Greek learning and it also made him a Roman citizen.

Jewish boys were taught a trade by their fathers. In Saul’s early training, he learned the trade of tent making, which he followed during his adult years. He was brought up as a youth in Jerusalem as a student of the great teacher, Gamaliel.

After about seven years had passed since the church was established, Saul was making life difficult for the believers. He went to Jerusalem and received authority from the high priest to go to Damascus and bind disciples and bring them back to Jerusalem. Damascus was about one hundred forty miles north of Jerusalem.

When Saul came near Damascus, a strange thing happened to him. A bright light shone from heaven and a voice called out to him and said, “Saul, Saul why are you persecuting Me?”

The men who were traveling with Saul heard the voice but didn’t understand or see anyone. During this encounter, Jesus told him to, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” He did not hesitate to obey the Lord’s command.

While Saul, being blinded by the light, was being led into Damascus, a disciple named Ananias had a vision. The Lord instructed him in this vision to go to a certain house where Saul of Tarsus was praying. Saul was also seeing Ananias in a vision restoring his sight.

At first, Ananias was afraid to meet with Saul because he had heard of the things that he had done in Jerusalem and that he was even going to bind those in Damascus who called on the Lord’s name. After being convinced of the importance of his mission, Ananias went to Saul and revealed the Lord’s plan for him.

Saul received his sight and immediately arose and was baptized and was filled with the Holy Spirit. Upon being told what he must do, Saul was baptized. Baptism was neither an option nor a choice, but a “must do.”


Jul. 3. Church Scattered, but Grows

Acts 8:1-40

After the death of Stephen, the church began to suffer great persecutions. The believers were scattered from Jerusalem throughout Judea and Samaria. However, the apostles stayed together and remained in Jerusalem. Saul was one of the chief persecutors of the church, dragging both men and women off to prison.

The church in Jerusalem may be compared to a campfire burning peacefully in a forest until a mighty wind (persecution) stirs it. With the scattering of the embers, a mighty forest fire breaks out and the fire spreads uncontrollably. The believers (embers) went everywhere preaching the word of the Lord.

Since the main body of the Jerusalem church was scattered, Philip went into Samaria and preached Christ to them. Many came to be healed and multitudes obeyed the teachings of Philip.

One of those new believers was a sorcerer named Simon. Simon was well known by the people because of his magic tricks and many had said that he was “the great power of God.” He was so impressed by the miracles performed by Philip that he continued to travel with him.

When the apostles heard in Jerusalem about the obedience of the Samaritans, they sent Peter and John to bestow the Holy Spirit upon these disciples. Even though Philip had the power of the Holy Spirit to perform miracles, only the apostles were permitted to pass this power to other people. After all of these people had died, there was no one left who could perform miracles.

These believers had been baptized and had received the gift of the Holy Spirit and were in a saved relationship with God, but had not yet received the Holy Spirit Himself.

The New Testament law had not been written at this time. It was important for the infant church to have a special measure of the Holy Spirit to help them remember the things that they had been taught. Through miracles, they would be able to impress upon others the truth of this new gospel.

After a person is saved, he is still subject to making mistakes. New converts are especially vulnerable to falling into their old habits. Simon was an example of one who sinned after being saved. He wanted to buy the power to pass the Holy Spirit on to others.

Peter pointed this sin out to Simon and instructed him to repent and pray to God for forgiveness. God gives second chances and even more if a person truly repents and prays.

Sometime after the apostles had returned to Jerusalem, an angel instructed Philip to go south of Jerusalem through an isolated area toward Gaza. As Philip traveled toward Gaza, he overtook a man going in the same direction.

This man was a eunuch, the treasurer of the queen of Ethiopia, a country of Africa. The capital of Ethiopia is approximately twelve hundred miles south of Jerusalem. He was a devout man and had been to Jerusalem to worship and was returning home.

Philip was instructed by the Holy Spirit to join the eunuch who was reading the prophet Isaiah. It is likely that the eunuch had heard about Christ while he was in Jerusalem and was trying to learn more from the prophets as he traveled toward home.

When Philip heard what the eunuch was reading, he began at the same Scripture and preached Jesus to him. As they came to some water, the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” The Scripture does not record any of the text of Philip’s lesson, but obviously, the importance of baptism in one’s salvation was taught.

Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.”

Upon the eunuch’s confession, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God,” they both went down into the water and Philip baptized him. If baptism were not a burial, it would not have been necessary for both of them to go down into the water.

The eunuch went away rejoicing in his salvation and the Holy Spirit transported Philip to Azotus where he continued preaching from there to Caesarea.


Jul. 2. Stephen, First Christian Martyr

Acts 6:8-7:60

Stephen, one of the seven began to preach and do many wonders and signs among the people. Some of those who had heard him vigorously opposed his teaching and started plotting to destroy him.

Blasphemy, under the Law of Moses was an offence punishable by death. These Jews accused Stephen of blasphemy and after having him arrested, they set up false witnesses to testify to the Sanhedrin in court that they had heard him speak blasphemous words about Moses, God and the law.

After hearing these charges, the high priest asked Stephen if these things were so. In presenting his defense, he told the story of Christ, the Son of God, beginning at the calling of Abraham.

Stephen proceeded to detail the history of the Jewish people. He started with their father, Abraham who was promised a great nation and was promised that all nations of the earth would be blessed in him.

God renewed this promise to Abraham’s son, Isaac and to Isaac’s son, Jacob.

Stephen recounted the events that led to the four hundred year slavery of the Israelites in Egypt and how Moses was called to lead them to freedom. It was after this release from Egypt that God instituted a law, which became known as the Law of Moses.

Even though the Israelites had seen the miracles God had performed through Moses, they were a complaining group of people. At times, they had refused the leadership of Moses and turned their backs on God and worshipped idols.

Stephen reminded the people that this was the same Moses who had prophesied that, “The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear.”

The temple had been the house of God, but Stephen pointed out that now God does not dwell in temples made with hands.

Stephen charged the Jews with the same behavior that their fathers had committed, but in addition, they had murdered the Just One.

The Sanhedrin was so outraged by the things that Stephen had said that they lost control of themselves. They cast him out of the city and contrary to Roman law, stoned him to death. Under the Roman law, Jews were not permitted to execute capital punishment.

Stephen had a forgiving heart. As he was dying, he prayed, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.”

One of the people present was a young man named Saul. He looked after the clothes of the ones who killed Stephen.


Jul. 1. Church Has Growing Pains

Acts 4:32-6:7

At this point in the beginning of the church, there was great unity of faith, spirit and purpose among the new disciples. Many were long distances from their homes and began to deplete their resources. Those who had possessions sold them in order to share with those who were needy. Among the ones sharing their wealth was a man named Barnabas, who sold his land and brought the money and gave it to the apostles.

Unfortunately, when good works are being performed, there are some who seek the praise of men. These sales of property were voluntary and no one was required to give any certain portion.

Ananias and his wife Sapphira conspired among themselves to sell a possession and keep back part of the price while reporting that they had given all of it to the apostles. They were each struck dead because they had lied to the Holy Spirit about their intentions. This example of the wrath of God brought great fear upon all the church.

The popularity of the church and the apostles continued to spread and many sick people were brought to be healed. Multitudes of believers, both men and women were being added to the Lord. People from surrounding cities also came to be healed.

This was too much for the high priest and the other Sadducees. They saw the vast number of people who believed in the resurrection of Jesus as taught by the apostles. At this time, they put not just Peter and John, but all of the apostles in prison because of their teaching.

The high priest called the council together the next morning and sent for the apostles to be brought to appear before them.

There was a big problem. They were not in the prison. Instead, the apostles were in the temple teaching the people. An angel of the Lord had opened the doors of the prison that night and had brought them out. The guards did not even know they had been released.

When the captain and officers had brought the apostles from the temple to the council, the high priest reminded them that they had been commanded not to teach in this name.

Peter and the other apostles reminded him that they were to obey God instead of men and that God had raised up Jesus from the dead, whom they had murdered.

Gamaliel, one of the council members and also a teacher of the law, called for a private meeting of the council. He mentioned men who had made great claims and had many followers who had been destroyed. Gamaliel reasoned that if these things were of men, they would also come to nothing, but if they were from God, they could not fight against God.

After beating and warning the apostles, the council released them instead of putting them to death. But, “Daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.”

First-century women were not respected very highly socially. They were greatly dependent upon the men in their lives for their care. Widows sometimes became very neglected and poor.

This became evident in the early church. A group of widows of Greek descent were being overlooked in the daily distribution of the common funds that had been raised through the selling of property.

When this was brought to the attention of the apostles, they realized that to oversee this problem and others like it would reduce the amount of time they had to preach the gospel.

As a remedy to this dilemma, the apostles instructed the church to select seven men to care for these material needs of the church. These men had a good reputation among the disciples and also among outsiders of the church. Their lives showed that they were full of the works of the Spirit and were men of wisdom.

The men chosen were Stephen, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolas. The name deacon is not used here, but a careful study reveals the similarity of this work with the work of deacons recorded later in the church.

With this problem solved, the church continued to grow and flourish in Jerusalem and even many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

As we continue through Acts, the apostle Paul to be appointed later, with his writings and struggles will become the main emphasis of our study. Later, we shall study the writings of some of the other inspired authors.


Jun. 30. Church Persecution Begins

Acts 4:1-31

As Peter preached about the resurrected Jesus Christ, the Sadducees, who did not believe in the resurrection from the dead, were greatly disturbed. They, along with chief priests who were also Sadducees, arrested Peter and John and held them in jail until the next day. Peter took this as an opportunity to preach Christ to these Jews also.

Since they recognized the great miracle Peter and John had performed, they decided to release them, but to warn and forbid them from preaching any more in this Name. Peter and John answered, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”

When Peter and John returned to the other apostles, they prayed—not that the persecution would stop, but that they could speak and perform wonders through the name of Jesus with boldness. God did, in fact, give them the boldness they needed to preach His word in the face of the persecutions that they faced.


Jun. 29. Apostles Perform Miracles and Teach

Acts 3:1-26

As Peter and John went up to the temple at the hour of prayer, they saw a lame man begging. When they stopped to talk with the man, he thought that they were going to give him something. Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”

The people present recognized the man and were amazed that he was able to walk and leap. When they thought Peter and John were responsible, they ran to them. Peter then explained that this man had been healed by the power of Jesus.

Peter began preaching Jesus to this group of people who had not heard or had not believed his sermon on Pentecost. He pointed out again how that Christ had been prophesied in the Old Testament and how they had refused to accept Him and had killed the “Prince of life.” Many who heard the word believed and their number grew to about five thousand men plus women and children.


Jun. 28. The Promise Kept; Coming of Holy Spirit; Church Established

Jn. 14:25, 26; Acts 2:1-47

On the night that He was betrayed, Jesus had promised the apostles that they would receive a Helper, the Holy Spirit. He would teach them and remind them of the things that Jesus had said to them while He was with them.

Ten days after the ascension of Jesus, on the Day of Pentecost, (the first day of the week or Sunday) the apostles were assembled at the temple. This had been their daily practice since the ascension.

Suddenly there was a great sound, like a mighty wind (like a tornado?), and divided tongues that looked like flames of fire sat upon each of the apostles. They began to speak in foreign languages. The promise of a Helper, the Holy Spirit was being fulfilled as they were being baptized of Him.

Pentecost was one of three feast days required of all Jews under the Law of Moses. On this occasion, there were multitudes of people from many surrounding countries at the temple in Jerusalem. They were startled and amazed that these men from Galilee were speaking in a way that everyone could understand their words.

Peter, as had been promised earlier, with the keys of the kingdom in his hand, began to unlock the doors of that great institution. He explained that this was the fulfillment of the prophet Joel.

At this point, Peter began to preach the greatest gospel sermon ever heard. He introduced Jesus of Nazareth and explained how God had sent Him to live among men and to perform miracles and many other wonders and signs that they might know Him.

Peter reminded them that with lawless hands, they had crucified the Son of God and that He had been raised from the dead. He concluded by stating, “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

This was too much for the people to endure. They had been convicted and convinced of the death of the Son of God. Being cut to the heart, they called out to Peter and to the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”

Jesus had explained the new birth to Nicodemus many months earlier. These people had heard Peter preach the gospel and they believed that Jesus was indeed the Son of God. They confessed their faith as they asked what to do. Peter replied, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

Peter’s answer for salvation was different than any answer ever given before. This day was the first day of the Christian dispensation and all spiritual laws prior to this time were fulfilled—nailed to the cross. The law of Christ was now in effect.

Those who obeyed Peter’s command were born again—not a physical birth, but a spiritual birth. The importance of baptism in water was made very clear as these people submitted to the act that Jesus had explained to Nicodemus when He described being born again. As a child is added to a physical family when he is born, a new child of God is added to the spiritual family of God when he experiences the new birth. About three thousand souls were baptized that day and added to them. The church of Christ was established!

These new converts met daily in the temple and from house to house. They were learning and also teaching their friends about their salvation. The church was spreading like a wildfire and the many souls who were being saved were added to the church daily.


Jun. 27. Preparation for Pentecost

Acts 1:1-26

The story of Jesus did not end at the cross. He had promised Peter and the other apostles a year earlier that He would build His church and would give the keys of the kingdom to Peter.

Jesus appeared to the apostles several times during the forty days following His resurrection from the dead. He assembled one last time with them and instructed them to wait for the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which would occur “not many days from now.”

The apostles were still thinking that Jesus was going to restore the kingdom of David to Israel. They asked Him, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”

Jesus reminded them again of their mission. “It is not for you to know the times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.”

At this point, Jesus lifted up His hands and blessed the apostles and was taken up. A cloud took Him out of their sight.

While the apostles were still looking up, two men in white apparel (angels) stood by them and stated, “This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” The Scriptures also teach elsewhere that Jesus will indeed descend and we will meet Him in the clouds.

The apostles returned to Jerusalem from Mount Olivet and remained in the upper room, probably the same place where they had eaten the Passover Feast forty-four days earlier. While there, they worshipped and praised God in the temple.

There were about a hundred and twenty disciples, who met together. Along with the apostles were Mary, the mother of Jesus, other women, His brothers and other disciples.

Peter suggested the need to select another apostle to take the place of Judas, who had betrayed Jesus and killed himself. Justus and Matthias were discussed. Through a period of prayer and casting of lots, Matthias was chosen as the new twelfth apostle. Matthias had been with them since the beginning and had witnessed the resurrection of Jesus also.


Jun. 26. The Last Appearance and Ascension of Jesus

Mk. 16:19, 20; Lk. 24:50-53; Acts 1:4-9

During His last appearance with His apostles, Jesus led them to Mount Olivet, which was at Bethany, just outside of Jerusalem. As they were assembled together, He commanded them to remain in Jerusalem until they had received the Promise of the Father.

The apostles had been informed of this Promise six weeks earlier as Jesus spoke to them the night before His death. At this time, He said, “For John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

As Jesus was giving His final parting words, the apostles were still confused about His kingdom. They, like the other Jews had expected the Messiah to establish an earthly kingdom and that had not happened, so they asked, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”

Jesus reminded the apostles of their mission by replying, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Immediately before ascending, Jesus raised His hands and blessed the apostles. He was then taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. The last they saw of Jesus, He was blessing them.

While the apostles were still looking up, two men in white apparel (angels) stood by them and stated, “This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” Scriptures elsewhere teach that Jesus will indeed descend and we will meet Him in the clouds.

The apostles returned to Jerusalem with great joy and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Jesus returned to the right hand of God where He is sitting now.

Not all of the things that Jesus did and said are recorded in the Scriptures. “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” (Jn. 20:31)

We have concluded our journey through the Gospels and the study of the life of Christ as recorded by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. This journey has led us to the beginning of the Christian Age with the establishment of His church that He purchased with his blood on the cross.

We shall now continue our chronological journey with His apostles as they struggled to carry out His plan AND learn how all of this applies to us today.


Jun. 25. Other Appearances of Jesus

Lk. 24:44-49; I Cor. 15:5-8; Acts 1:3

Jesus presented Himself many times during the forty days He remained after His resurrection. On one of those occasions, He pointed out that the events that had occurred, were necessary to fulfill the things written in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Him—that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. Later, he appeared before Saul, who became the apostle, Paul.


Jun. 24. Jesus Gives the Great Commission on a Mountain in Galilee During His Eighth Appearance

Mt. 28:16-20; Mk. 16:15-18

When Jesus made His eighth appearance after His resurrection, He met with the eleven apostles on a mountain in Galilee. There were others present and some of them were not convinced that He had actually risen from the dead.

Even though others were present, Jesus delivered His message (The Great Commission) to the apostles only. He said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

The apostles were promised the ability to cast out demons and to perform other signs and miracles. These abilities were given to them to show that they were indeed speaking for God. The only persons recorded doing these signs were the apostles and those to whom they had passed this power.

In order to assure that the gospel would continue to be preached, Jesus instructed the apostles to teach the new disciples to observe all of the things that He had taught them. This would make a perpetual discipleship until the end of the age.

Jesus did not specify the method of reaching all nations, but there are numerous ways to accomplish this mission. Some can leave home and go into a mission field. Others can help support those who do go away. Preaching and teaching Bible classes are ways to “go” in a local sense. There are some individuals who are able to write aids for studying the Scriptures. Almost everyone can contact his neighbors either in person, by telephone or by mail. Facebook, email and other social media are excellent methods also.


Jun. 23. Jesus Appears the Seventh Time—Third to the Apostles

Jn. 21:1-25

Jesus had previously instructed the apostles to meet Him at Galilee. Seven of them were together at the Sea of Galilee which had been renamed Tiberias in honor of Tiberias Caesar, the Roman emperor. Peter said, “I am going fishing.”

The other apostles present said, “We are going with you also.”

After fishing until morning without catching anything, the apostles were nearing the shore when a Man called to them, “Children, have you any food?”

They answered, “No.”

When the apostles followed the Stranger’s instructions to cast their nets on the right side of the boat, they caught one hundred fifty-three large fish—so many that they could not bring the net into the boat.

At this point, John recognized that the Stranger was Jesus and told Peter, “It is the Lord!”

Obedience to Christ allowed the apostles to do what they had totally failed to do on their own strength.

After the apostles had returned to shore, they found that Jesus had prepared a fish breakfast for them. He had shown by another example that His disciples are to serve one another.

Less than a year earlier, Jesus had told Peter that He would give him the keys to the kingdom of heaven. After they had eaten breakfast, they had a similar encounter.

Peter had expressed his love for Jesus different times indicating that he loved Him more than the other apostles did. He gave Peter a chance to prove his love by asking him if he loved Him more than these.

Jesus asked Peter this question three times and each time, he answered in the affirmative. He instructed Peter each time to care for His lambs and sheep. If his love was greater than that of the others, Jesus wanted him to prove it. By studying the remainder of the New Testament, one can find that Peter did indeed become a great servant of the flock.

After prophesying to Peter about the manner of his death, Jesus instructed him to, “Follow Me.”

When Peter realized what Jesus had said about his death, he asked about what would happen to John. This question could have been prompted by curiosity, jealousy or a genuine concern about the fate of a dear friend.

Whatever the motive, Peter had asked the wrong question. Jesus rebuked him and said, “You follow Me.” We should be busy working out our own salvation instead of worrying about something that we cannot control.


Jun. 22. After Another Week, Jesus Makes His Sixth Appearance

Jn. 20:26-31

The sixth recorded appearance of the resurrected Jesus occurred when He appeared in a closed room a week later. Thomas was present this time.

Jesus instructed Thomas to feel His scars. Upon being convinced of the reality of Christ’s resurrection, he made the great confession, “My Lord and my God!”

Thomas had felt that he had to actually see the risen Christ to accept His reality. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”


Jun. 21. Jesus Appears to Some of the Eleven

Mk. 16:14; Lk. 24:36-43; Jn. 20:19-25

After the report of the disciples from Emmaus, Jesus appeared in a locked room before the apostles, except Thomas. They were eating supper and had locked the doors because they were afraid of the Jews.

One can imagine that those assembled were discussing the events of the last three days. They were concerned about Judas, one of their own, who had betrayed Jesus. Future plans were in a state of turmoil. The various reports of those who had seen Jesus had confused them even further. They just could not believe that a man could rise from the dead even though He had said that He would.

When Jesus appeared, the disciples were not just scared; they were terrified because they thought that they had seen a spirit. He rebuked them because of their unbelief and then showed them evidences that He indeed was a Man. “Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.”

At that time, Jesus gave what might be called a preamble to the Great Commission. He had come to establish the New Testament and now was ready to send the apostles to proclaim its provisions.

As a symbol of the baptism the apostles would receive soon, Jesus breathed the Holy Spirit on them.

Through the teaching of the New Testament, the apostles would have the power to forgive or retain sins. However, they could not just say, “Your sins are forgiven.” They had to work within the framework of the commands of God as found in the New Testament.

Sometime after Jesus had left, Thomas returned. When he had heard the news that the other disciples had seen Jesus, He said, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”


Jun. 20. Two Disciples Preach Jesus to Jesus; He also Appears to Peter

Mk. 16:12, 13; Lk. 24:13-35

Late that day, a disciple named Cleopas and another disciple were walking along the road to their home in Emmaus seven miles from Jerusalem. They were discussing the events of the crucifixion. As they walked, a Man came up to them and asked what they were talking about and why they were the so sad.

They replied, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?”

The Man asked, “What things?”

They explained to the Man the things regarding Jesus of Nazareth and how they had hoped that He would redeem Israel (free them from Roman rule). The men related that the chief priests and rulers had condemned Him to death and had crucified Him.

As the Man listened intently, the disciples further explained that it had been three days and some of the women of their group had found Jesus’ tomb empty and that angels had told them that He was alive.

At this point, the Man scolded the two for their unbelief of the prophets and the fact that the Christ must suffer these things and enter into His glory. He then began at Moses and the prophets and reviewed the Scriptures concerning the Christ.

The Man was about to depart into the evening, but the disciples urged Him to spend the night with them. He accepted their invitation and as He sat down to eat, He took bread, blessed it, broke it and gave it to them.

At this point, the two disciples realized that they had been talking with Jesus and He vanished from their sight. They felt foolish and blind because they had not known Jesus as they had talked with Him and He had taught them from the Scriptures.

The two disciples immediately went back to Jerusalem to report to the eleven and to the others with them that they had seen the risen Christ. Even though all of the apostles were not present and there were other disciples there, the term “eleven” was a figure of speech to refer to the apostles as a unit. Thomas was not there and Peter and possibly John seemed to be absent as well.

It was also reported that Simon (Peter) had seen Jesus. The apostles and those with them did not believe the men. They still did not believe that Jesus had risen from the dead.

We should be eager to share the good news of the risen Savior like these two disciples did.