Traveling with Luke

The End that's Not the End

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As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace to you!”  But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit.  Luke 23:36-37 Those two guys on the way to Emmaus—we never found out why they were going there.  But we know they didn’t stay.  […]

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Emmaus

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That very day, two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened.  Luke 24:13-14   What a walk that was, Cleopas— A long way to haul a heavy heart With bread for the journey and […]

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But . . .

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But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared.  Luke 24:1 Women on the way with spices, angels on the way with news.  They meet at an empty tomb.  Both are amazed, for different reasons. The angels: they’ve longed to look into […]

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He Made His Grave among the Rich

Now there was a man named Joseph, of the Jewish town of Arimathea . . . (Luke 23:50) While the screaming was going on, he couldn’t make his voice heard. Maybe he didn’t speak loud enough. Maybe he barely spoke at all.  In the heat of the trial—or what the officials were pleased to call […]

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And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know now what they do.” . . . And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!”  Luke 23:34-35 Rulers: If you are the Chosen One […]

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Criminals All

Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him.  Luke 23:32 “Up! It’s your time!” Their names are unknown to us: One and Two.  Left and Right.  As we meet them, they’ve known for some time that the day was coming but they weren’t sure when—like all of us. […]

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Daughters of Jerusalem

And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, wo was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus.  And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him.  Luke 23:26-27 He’s on the […]

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Worst-Case Scenario

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Pilate then called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who misleading the people.  And after examining him before you, I didn’t find this man guilty of any of your charges against him . . . “  Luke 23:13-14 With a […]

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Kings of Earth

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Then the whole company of them arose and brought him before Pilate.  And they began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Messiah, a king.”  Luke 23:1-2 Not even a conscientious procurator should have to rise this […]

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But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.  To  one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either.  Give […]