Week 4, Day 6: The Forgetful Doubters

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened. Luke 24:1-12

ASK: Prepare. Am I ready to listen?

LOOK: Observe. What does God say?

  • When did the women go to Jesus’ tomb and what did they bring with them (24:1)?
  • What did they discover (24:2-3) and what was their response (24:4a)?
  • Who appeared to the ladies and what were the ladies told (24:4b-7)?
  • What did the ladies do after this message (24:8-9)?
  • Whom did the women tell (24:10) and did they respond (24:11)?
  • What did Peter do (24:12)?

THINK: Interpret. What does God mean?

  • What were the women expecting to find and why (24:1-3)?
  • What words did the women remember (24:8)?
  • Why didn’t the apostles believe the women’s recounting (24:11)?

DO: Apply. How does God want me to respond?

  • What makes it so easy to forget or disbelieve God’s claims and promises?
  • What makes a “believer” in Jesus reluctant to trust God’s promises and commands?
  • Share the gospel message with an unbeliever and discuss what it means to believe. 

Memory Verse:

“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18