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Promise, power, preaching!

Scripture reading for April 5th: Luke 24

Key Scriptures: Luke 24: 44-49 “Then He said to them, “These are My Words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His Name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending the Promise of My Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

While He was with His disciples, Jesus Christ had repeatedly explained the Scriptures and plainly told them of His coming death, burial, and resurrection on the third day. Now, after the resurrection, on the evening of the third day, Jesus met with His disciples and showed them His glorified body of flesh and bones. They were full of joy and amazement but struggled to believe it was really Him. Jesus then again explained everything about Himself from the Law and Prophets, opening their minds to understand. He explained the Gospel of repentance and forgiveness of sins that was for all nations and peoples, beginning with the Jews in Jerusalem. He declared them “witnesses” and told them to wait in Jerusalem until the “Promise of My Father” came upon them. This would clothe them with the power needed to fulfill His mission of reaching the lost world.

Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for fulfilling all the Scriptures, which are Truth. Thank You for Your amazing plan to reach the whole world with Your appointed “witnesses”. Fill me afresh with the Holy Spirit and power to do Your will on earth as in heaven! I open my mind and heart today to better know You through the Scriptures.

Acts 2:38-39 “And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the Name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to Himself.””

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The Mission!

Scripture reading for April 29th: Luke 24:13-53

The resurrection brought fear, doubt, and amazement to the disciples of Jesus.  On resurrection day, two disciples were walking on the road to Emmaus, talking about what had happened in Jerusalem.  As they walked along, Jesus came along side of them and began to walk with them.  They did not recognize Him and He questioned them about their conversation and experiences.  They shared their hopes of redemption through Jesus and how He was crucified.  Then they told Him how some of the women had told them that Jesus was alive and how others had found the tomb empty. They weren’t sure what to believe!

After listening to them, “He said to them, “How foolish you are, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!  Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter His glory?”  And beginning at the Prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself.” (Luke 24:25-27)  Jesus was instructing His disciples and correcting their unbelief and they did not recognize Him!  These two disciples asked Jesus to stay with them that evening and as He broke bread with them, they did recognize Him.  He then disappeared from their sight!

They quickly returned to Jerusalem to tell the others!  As they were telling their story, Jesus appeared to them saying “Peace be with you.” (Luke 24:36) They were frightened and thought it might be a ghost!   He showed them His hands and feet and invited them to touch Him.  He even ate some fish with them. He was a real man with flesh and bones.

The real task for these disciples lay ahead. “This is what is written:  The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and 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.” Jesus was still seeking out lost people and calling them to repent.  These disciples would now be the witnesses who would share this truth.  They would begin in Jerusalem and go to the nations!  The gift of the Father would clothe them with power!  This mission is still going forward!

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