He Is Not Here He Is Risen: What Does Luke 24:6 Mean?

Luke 24:6, “He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee.” King James Version (KJV)

TranslationLuke 24:6
ESVHe isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee,
NASBHe is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee
NIVHe is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:
NLTHe isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee,

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He Is Not Here He Is Risen: Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

24:1-12 See the affection and respect the women showed to Christ, after he was dead and buried. Observe their surprise when they found the stone rolled away, and the grave empty. Christians often perplex themselves about that with which they should comfort and encourage themselves.

They look rather to find their Master in his grave-clothes, than angels in their shining garments. The angels assure them that he is risen from the dead; is risen by his own power. These angels from heaven bring not any new gospel, but remind the women of Christ’s words, and teach them how to apply them.

We may wonder that these disciples, who believed Jesus to be the Son of God and the true Messiah, who had been so often told that he must die, and rise again, and then enter into his glory, who had seen him more than once raise the dead, yet should be so backward to believe his raising himself.

But all our mistakes in religion spring from ignorance or forgetfulness of the words Christ has spoken. Peter now ran to the sepulchre, who so lately ran from his Master. He was amazed.

There are many things puzzling and perplexing to us, which would be plain and profitable, if we rightly understood the words of Christ.

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Luke 24:6 | Pulpit Commentary

Verses 6, 7. – He is not here, but is risen. These words were repeated in each of the angelic communications at the sepulchre.

Remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. The angels here call to the women’s memory the Master’s former promises of the Resurrection.

In SS. Matthew and Mark the angel bids them tell the disciples not to forget the appointed place of meeting in Galilee, referring to the Lord’s words on the way from the “Last Supper” to Gethsemane (Matthew 26:32; Mark 45:28). Luke 24:6

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Daniel Isaiah Joseph

Daniel's seminary degree is in Exegetical Theology. He was a pastor for 10 years. As a professor, he has taught Bible and theology courses at two Christian universities. Please see his About page for details.

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