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 NLT
Illustration of Luke 24:44-53 NLT — "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.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Philippians 4:4-5
  • Romans 5:1-5
  • Ephesians 1:12-14


About This Devotional

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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.