Luke 24: "I Know That My Redeemer Lives"

New Testament: Student Study guide, (2003), 73–74

Elder Robert L. Backman, formerly of the Presidency of the Seventy, gave the following challenge: “Imagine yourself in the company of the disciples and other believers on the day of the Resurrection. Mere hours have passed since you witnessed the horrifying crucifixion of the gentle Nazarene. You have shared hopeless moments of profound sorrow. Confused, knowing not where to turn, how to act, your minds are clouded with mists of despair. Then two disciples join you with word that they have conversed with the Lord on the road to Emmaus. Dare you believe those who report, ‘The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon’? (Luke 24:34)” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1991, 9; or Ensign, Nov. 1991, 9).As you read Luke 24, think about your testimony of the Lord’s Resurrection and what you might do to strengthen it.

Understanding the Scriptures

Luke 24

Threescore furlongs (v. 13)Sixty furlongs; 5–7 miles 
Expounded (v. 27)Declared, made plain, or explained more fully 
Constrained (v. 29)Persuaded 

Luke 24:1—“The First Day of the Week”

The first day of the week on the Jewish calendar was Sunday. Jesus was resurrected on this day. After His Ascension the members of the Church, whether Jews or Gentiles, kept this day holy and called it the Lord’s day (see Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2).

Studying the Scriptures

Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study Luke 24.

Activity A iconFind and Expound the Scriptures

In Luke 24:13–35 we read of Jesus appearing to two men who did not clearly understand what had happened to Him or what His mission was. Verse 27 tells us that He expounded, or explained in detail, how the Old Testament prophesied of His life and mission. Using the Topical Guide, find and list three scriptures from the Old Testament that prophesy of His life and mission and explain what they each mean.

Christ with disciples on road to Emmaus

Activity B iconHow Does the Lord Communicate with Us?

The Lord communicates with His children in many different ways. Some of those ways are identified in Luke 24:13–45. Read the following scripture references and list at least six ways the Lord communicates with us.

  1. 1.

    Luke 24:13–16, 33–52

  2. 2.

    Luke 24:23

  3. 3.

    Luke 24:32; see also Doctrine and Covenants 9:8

  4. 4.

    Luke 24:27, 32, 44–45

  5. 5.

    Luke 24:36; see also Doctrine and Covenants 6:23

Activity C Scripture Mastery iconScripture Mastery—Luke 24:36–39

Read Luke 24:36–39 and write what you think is the most important doctrine taught about a resurrected body. Also read Luke 24:40–44; Alma 11:42–46; and 40:19–24. List at least five other important doctrines you learn about the Resurrection or resurrected bodies.

the resurrected Christ