Recently, one of my Bible study groups spent considerable time reading and discussing
the road-to-Emmaus incident. It impressed them that Jesus reminded the two disciples
that the Old Testament gave substantial evidence that the Christ had to suffer. In fact, we
read from two extensive references, Isaiah 52-54 and Psalm 22. The group also studied
the balance of Luke 24 and the other gospel accounts noting how the disciples strongly
doubted at first that Jesus had been raised.
In the same way that we would doubt the resurrection of someone we know, it was easy
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The bride-to-be was obviously nervous. It was only the rehearsal, but already the pastor could see that tomorrow’s wedding might be in for problems.
“You’re letting it all get to you,” he told her gently, as he pulled her aside. “Just take it one little step at a time. When you get to the door with your father tomorrow afternoon, look only at the aisle ahead of you. You’ve walked it hundreds of times, every Sunday when you come to church. Think only of that.
This story about Peter's mission to the Gentiles continues the account that began in 10:1, and it repeats in greater detail the content of Peter's vision that was already mentioned in 10:9-16. It is a remarkable story, because it treats rather lightly a dispute that was widespread in the New Testament church, the dispute over conditions to be laid upon Gentile converts to the faith.