Week of September 17 - Day 3

Day 3—Read: Luke 24:44-49

44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 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.”

Reflect: What does Jesus tell his followers will happen? Who does He tell them to wait for? 

Consider: “Then he opened…”.—a statement of unspeakable value; expressing, on the one hand, Christ’s immediate access to the human spirit and absolute power over it, to the adjustment of its vision, and permanent rectification for spiritual discernment (than which it is impossible to conceive a stronger evidence of His proper divinity); and, on the other hand, making it certain that the manner of interpreting the Old Testament which the apostles afterwards employed (see the Acts and Epistles), has the direct sanction of Christ Himself.[1]

Respond: What responsibility did Jesus give to His followers? Was it optional? Why do we often have difficulty carrying out this assignment? What does Jesus promise in verse 49? How does that affect the church’s ability to fulfill this mission?

 

[1]  Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset, and David Brown, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, vol. 2 (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997), 125.