READ: Luke 24:36-49
- Joyful Disbelief (v41)—Jesus, resurrected from the dead, appeared to his disciples. They’d already been discussing that with the men from Emmaus (v36). But they were still startled and afraid as He suddenly appeared among them. He offered them his hands and feet as proof of his resurrected life. He ate with them as before. They were in joyful disbelief. What a great description of where we often are as we wrestle with the reality of Jesus’ presence.
- Patient Urgency (v49)—Jesus opened their minds to understand their Scriptures. He somehow made it possible for them to see His presence in what we call the Old Testament. Then He put forth His commission—they were to be His messengers to all the nations—beginning in Jerusalem. The world had to hear about Him…but first, they must wait. Urgency—waiting. Oxymoronic. Paradoxical. Necessary.
- Heavenly Power (v49)—Something first had to happen. God still had to keep one more promise. He must send His Spirit upon them. They could not fully rid themselves of that joyful doubt, nor could they carry out with patient urgency the compelling commission He gave. Not until they received the Holy Spirit to live in them and empower them. The task before them could not be done under human impetus. Human impetus results in human impotence. Waiting results in power from God.
- Why is waiting so difficult?
- Describe any ongoing doubts with which you wrestle.
- Reflect on the power of the Holy Spirit in your life as you’ve seen Him work.
PRAY: Thank God for entrusting us with His words. Pray for the ability to patiently wait and urgently respond. Commit yourself to kingdom advancement.