Luke 24:44-53


According to the Scriptures, Jesus stayed with them for forty days. He appeared to over 500 men and women during that time. He taught, He ate, He challenged, He forgave, and He empowered.

“He said to them, ‘This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.’ Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 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.’ When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.” Luke 24:44-53

We love the Scripture: “Then He opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.”

It is a verse that we can also claim. As we study we can pray this, “Lord, open my mind so I can understand Your Word.”

He gave them work to do. They were to be witnesses of the fact that He had risen from the dead. They were to tell others about repentance and forgiveness. They would be filled with power and then they were to go.

It is our work as well. We are to go and be witnesses, filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus led His followers out as far as Bethany and He blessed them. Then He parted from them and was taken up.

It’s not the end of the story.

What we know is that according to Acts chapter one, He is going to return the same way He left. One of these days Jesus is returning for us. We can look forward to that, but until that time we have a job.

This is it: Know Christ and make Him known!

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