Saturday, October 1, 2016

Luke 24:25-27

Luke 24:25-27
And He said to them, “Oh foolish ones and ones who slow to believe in the heart upon all things that the prophets called out.  Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to go into his glory?”  And after beginning from Moses and from all the prophets he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things regarding himself.

Thoughts for Today

First Thought:

In spite of the forwardness of these disciples and their willingness to talk about what happened, Jesus still offers a chastisement to these disciples.  Jesus isn’t criticizing their faith in the moment.  Jesus is criticizing their overall perspective.  Remember that all of Jesus’ followers fled in the garden of Gethsemane.  Peter denied Jesus three times.  They weren’t expecting Jesus to be raised from the dead, which is why only the women went to the tomb to prepare His body.  While the disciples are willing to talk about the events that happened, Jesus knows that they didn’t have a great track record of faith with respect to the actual events.  Jesus chastises them lightly here in this passage because they are slow to believe in the power of God.

What does this passage tell us about accountability?  What can we learn from this passage with respect to how a faithful outcome doesn’t always negate doubt in the midst of action?

Second Thought:

I love how Jesus Himself talks about His own crucifixion.  Jesus says that it was necessary.  In other words, Jesus’ perspective is still focused on the will of the Father.  He needed to die for the redemption of the world.  Jesus simply tells us that it was necessary.  He doesn’t say that it was unfortunate.  He doesn’t say that it was troublesome.  Jesus’ death is necessary.  It was the will of the Father.

Why is it important to remember that Jesus’ death was the will of the Father?  How can this help us maintain proper perspective?

Third Thought:

Jesus then teaches the disciples.  He talks about Moses (the Law) and the Prophets and how these things teach us about how Jesus fulfilled God’s will.  Jesus doesn’t just chastise His disciples and let them be.  He takes the time to teach them and educate them.  Jesus enables them to not just talk about what happened, but to gain His own perspective on why it was necessary for Him to die.

Do you feel empowered to talk about Jesus with authority?  Can you speak about Jesus and His sacrifice through God’s perspective?

Passage for Tomorrow: Luke 24:28-35
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