What Jesus Did! 'Filled with Joy and Praise' — Luke 24:44-53

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Jesus said to them, "Remember when I was with you before? I said that everything written about me must happen—everything written in the law of Moses, the books of the prophets, and the Psalms." Then Jesus helped the followers understand these Scriptures written {about him}. Jesus said to them, "It is written that the Christ would be killed and rise from death on the third day. You saw these things happen—you are witnesses. You must go and tell people that their sins can be forgiven. Tell them that they must change their hearts and be sorry for their sins. If they will do this, then God will forgive them. You must start from Jerusalem and tell people these things in my name. This Good News must be told to all people in the world. Listen! My Father has promised you something; I will send it to you. But you must stay in Jerusalem until you have received that power from heaven." Jesus led his followers out of Jerusalem almost to Bethany. Jesus raised his hands and blessed his followers. While Jesus was blessing them, he was separated from them and carried into heaven. The followers worshiped him there. Then they went back to the city. They were very happy. They stayed at the temple all the time, praising God.
— Luke 24:44-53
Illustration of Luke 24:44-53 — "Remember when I was with you before? I said that everything written about me must happen—everything written in the law of Moses, the books of the prophets, and the Psalms."

Key Thought

What is our purpose now that we fully believe that Jesus is raised from the dead? What should be our response to this year of walking with Jesus through the Gospel of Luke? Very simply put, we should be filled with joy that leads us to praise God. Jesus has come and lived among us as one of us. He loved us so much that he would rather die for us than live without us. However, God's power enabled him to triumph over sin, death, and the Tomb-master himself, Satan. We now have a great victory in Jesus and our future is fused to his future. How can we not be a people of joy? How can we not praise the God of powerful grace and mighty mercy?

Today's Prayer

Holy and Almighty God, I praise you for the victory that you have given me through your Son's life, death, and resurrection. You are worthy of all glory, honor, praise and adoration. You have sacrificed so much to bring me to your presence as a cleansed and holy child of the Eternal King. My heart overflows with joy knowing that I am your child and that my home is with you. Bless me now as I finish this year and commit to be your person—a person of joy and praise. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

While the two men were saying these things, Jesus himself stood among the group of followers. Jesus said to them, "Peace be with you." This surprised the followers. They became afraid. They thought they were seeing a ghost. But Jesus said, "Why are you troubled? Why do you doubt what you see? Look at my hands and my feet. It's really me! Touch me. You can see that I have a living body; a ghost does not have a body like this." After Jesus told them this, he showed them {the holes in} his hands and feet. The followers were amazed and very, very happy to see that Jesus was alive. They still could not believe what they saw. Jesus said to them, "Do you have any food here?" They gave him a piece of cooked fish. While the followers watched, Jesus took the fish and ate it. Jesus said to them, "Remember when I was with you before? I said that everything written about me must happen—everything written in the law of Moses, the books of the prophets, and the Psalms." Then Jesus helped the followers understand these Scriptures written {about him}. Jesus said to them, "It is written that the Christ would be killed and rise from death on the third day. You saw these things happen—you are witnesses. You must go and tell people that their sins can be forgiven. Tell them that they must change their hearts and be sorry for their sins. If they will do this, then God will forgive them. You must start from Jerusalem and tell people these things in my name. This Good News must be told to all people in the world. Listen! My Father has promised you something; I will send it to you. But you must stay in Jerusalem until you have received that power from heaven." Jesus led his followers out of Jerusalem almost to Bethany. Jesus raised his hands and blessed his followers. While Jesus was blessing them, he was separated from them and carried into heaven. The followers worshiped him there. Then they went back to the city. They were very happy. They stayed at the temple all the time, praisingGod.

Luke 24:36-53

Related Scripture Readings

Always be happy in the Lord. I will say it again. Be happy. Let all people see that you are gentle and kind. The Lord is coming soon.

Philippians 4:4-5

We have been made right with God because of our faith. So we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through our faith, Christ has brought us into that blessing of God's grace (kindness) that we now enjoy. And we are very happy because of the hope we have of sharing God's glory. And we are also happy with the troubles we have. Why are we happy with troubles? Because we know that these troubles make us more patient. And this patience is proof that we are strong. And this proof gives us hope. And this hope will never disappoint us—{it will never fail}. Why? Because God has poured out his love to fill our hearts. God gave us his love through the Holy Spirit. That Holy Spirit was a gift to us from God.

Romans 5:1-5

We Jews were the first people who hoped in Christ. And we were chosen so that we would bring praise to God's glory. It is the same with you people. You heard the true teaching—the Good News about your salvation. When you heard that Good News, you believed in Christ. And in Christ, God put his special mark on you by giving you the Holy Spirit that he promised. That Holy Spirit is the guarantee that we will get the things God promised for his people. This will bring full freedom to those people who belong to God. The goal of all this is to bring praise to God's glory.

Ephesians 1:12-14

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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