READ: Luke 24:36-49 (esp. v44-49)
- After providing an opportunity for those present to come to grips with the reality that Jesus was raised from the dead, He turned His attention to their understanding. In some fashion or another Jesus did a quick overview of what the Old Testament said about Him. To do so, He had to open their minds to receive it. They were so steeped in their preconceived ideas that they couldn’t see beyond what they’d always thought.
- Part of what Jesus had been attempting to communicate throughout His time with broken humanity was that His story would need to be preached to everyone. It never was the plan of God for the scope of the good news to be limited to only Israel. He had always expected His people to share the good news with the outsiders.
- For some reason, it seems that knowing God causes one to be selfish. It seems that those who have a relationship with God tend to want to keep it to themselves, or at least away from the unsavory types (whom they, themselves get to define as unsavory). Jesus makes it clear it’s for everyone and that had been part of His teaching along. That hasn’t changed.
- What preconceived notions do we have today that keeps us from going and telling?
- Would it help if we took the time to see the places in the Old Testament that spoke of such wishes on God’s behalf?
- When did you first discover that God expected you to share the gospel with others?
PRAY: Pray for opportunity and courage to speak about Jesus. Commit to letting God lead in that area of your life. Pray that we will be good witnesses of God’s activities among us.