Luke 24:37
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New International Version
They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost.

King James Bible
But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.

Darby Bible Translation
But they, being confounded and being frightened, supposed they beheld a spirit.

World English Bible
But they were terrified and filled with fear, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.

Young's Literal Translation
and being amazed, and becoming affrighted, they were thinking themselves to see a spirit.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

And supposed that they had seen a spirit - But if there be no such thing as a disembodied spirit, would not our Lord have shown them their error? Instead of this, he confirms them in their opinion, by saying, A spirit hath not flesh and bones as you see me have, Luke 24:39; therefore he says, handle me and see me. They probably imagined that it was the soul only of our blessed Lord which they saw; but they were soon fully convinced of the identity of his person, and the reality of his resurrection; for,

1. They saw his body.

2. They heard him speak.

3. They handled him.

4. They saw him eat a piece of broiled fish and honeycomb, which they gave him.

In these things it was impossible for them to have been deceived.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 16:30 And he said, No, father Abraham: but if one went to them from the dead, they will repent.

1 Samuel 28:13 And the king said to her, Be not afraid: for what saw you? And the woman said to Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth.

Job 4:14-16 Fear came on me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake...

Matthew 14:26,27 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear...

Mark 6:49,50 But when they saw him walking on the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out...

Acts 12:15 And they said to her, You are mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel.

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Good Friday
Eversley, 1856. St. Luke xxiv. 5, 6. "Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen." This is a very solemn day; for on this day the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified. The question for us is, how ought we to keep it? that is, what sort of thoughts ought to be in our minds upon this day? Now, many most excellent and pious persons, and most pious books, seem to think that we ought to-day to think as much as possible of the sufferings of our Blessed Lord; and because we
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons

September 18 Morning
Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.--PSA. 119:18. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures.--It is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.--I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.--We have received, not the spirit of
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

The Living Dead
'Why seek ye the living among the dead! 6. He is not here, but is risen.'--LUKE xxiv. 5,6. We can never understand the utter desolation of the days that lay betwixt Christ's Death and His Resurrection. Our faith rests on centuries. We know that that grave was not even an interruption to the progress of His work, but was the straight road to His triumph and His glory. We know that it was the completion of the work of which the raising of the widow's son and of Lazarus were but the beginnings. But
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions Of Holy Scripture

The Ascension
'And He led them out as far as to Bethany, and He lifted up His hands, and blessed them. 51. And it came to pass, while He blessed them, He was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.' --LUKE xxiv. 50, 51. 'And when He had spoken these things, while they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight.'--ACTS i. 9. Two of the four Evangelists, viz., Matthew and John, have no record of the Ascension. But the argument which infers ignorance from silence, which is always rash,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions Of Holy Scripture

Cross References
Matthew 14:26
When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. "It's a ghost," they said, and cried out in fear.

Mark 6:49
but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out,

Luke 24:38
He said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds?

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