By: Pastor Ed Young
Posted: April 13, 2017
From Series: Easter
Luke 24:46-49, “ He told them, ‘This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.’”
After His death, Jesus’ followers and friends were overcome with disappointment and grief. Fearful of an uncertain future, they hid trying to figure out what had gone so terribly wrong. You see, Jesus’ death looked like the most epic failure of all time. So, imagine their surprise when the risen Lord appeared behind locked doors and said, “Peace be with you”! Although a common greeting, these words now meant much more as He stood beside them in His glorified resurrected body.
After His resurrection and prior to His ascension, Jesus accomplished three important tasks. First, He restored the disciple’s severed faith and reestablished their hope of eternal life. Second, the disciples received a history lesson of sorts. Luke tells us their “hearts burned” as He opened their eyes to spiritual truth. And finally, with their faith and spiritual clarity intact, Jesus gave the disciples final instructions to carry the good news of the gospel of to the world. As Christ followers, these same instructions are ours. Are you regularly seeking insight from the wisdom of God’s word? Are you exhibiting understanding and patience with others? Are you shining Christ’s light in the darkness and sharing the good news with those far from Christ? Remember, this is not only an act of obedience, it’s a matter of life and death!
Ask God for opportunities to invite others to join you this Easter at FC! And pray for great weather as we kickoff the holiday weekend with Good Friday in the Park.
Read more about Jesus’s appearance to the disciples in Luke 24:30-49.
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