Today you should read: Luke 24:36-53
What is the major difference between Christianity and all other major religions? Our Lord still lives! In this passage we see the first time that Jesus appeared to his disciples. Imagine yourself in their shoes. They had heard of his return but this is the first time they had seen him in the flesh. How do you think you would have responded?
I believe I probably would have reacted much like the disciples did. They were startled and frightened (v.37). They doubted his return and now he was standing in front of them. He was not just a spirit but he had a new fleshly body. Jesus had completely defeated death. He even went as far as to eat a piece of the broiled fish to prove that he was whole again.
So what should we take away from this passage?
1. The motivation for our faith.
All of the pain that the disciples went through when Jesus was crucified and all of the doubt about Jesus was all wiped away. As Jesus stood in front of them they knew that he was the son of God and he did defeat sin and death. This is our motivation too. Without the resurrection the gospel is meaningless but with the resurrection the gospel means everything! Our Lord lives and gives us hope.
2. The purpose of our faith.
V.45-47, “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.” This is our mission as believers and the purpose for our faith. Our goal make God’s name great and lead others to know him through salvation.
Who are you sharing your faith with? I know we talk about this a lot at CPC but this is the purpose of our faith. If you answered no then who can you begin to pray for? We will make a difference for Christ in Lexington as a church when each of us makes a difference in our individual worlds.
Posted by:Chad Wiles