READ: Luke 24:36-49 (esp., v44-49)
- Jesus could not have spelled out the message more clearly. Humans are called to “repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” And believers are commissioned to share that message. God is looking for us to have a change in our thinking that will lead to a change of our actions and our values. Repentance means to turn around and return to God.
- The result of turning to God in repentance is forgiveness of sins. Because we no longer trust in ourselves or in false gods, we are in a position for God to move in our lives, become the focal point for our life, and for Him to cleanse us of our sin. He rids us of guilt and shame. He actually makes it as if we had never sinned.
- That message is for everyone. Jerusalem is just the beginning point. The rest of humanity has always been the target. From Isaiah’s plea to Israel as a “light to the nations” to Jonah’s journey to Nineveh, it’s been clear that all humanity is in need and in sight. Jesus’ language is the world (all ethnic groups). No one is to be left out of the privilege of hearing the story of Jesus.
- Why do you think many Christians tend to reserve the story for those they are comfortable with?
- How do you share with others that we all have to have openness to even the most broken?
- What people do you think you would have trouble worshiping with?
PRAY: Ask God to use Madison Park and other churches to reach all the different groups of people in our area. Commit to learning to welcome anyone into the seat next to you. Ask God to use you to reach into someone’s life in the next few weeks.