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Luke 24:1-35

DAILY DEVOTION

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THURSDAY, JUNE 20

SCRIPTURE:  Luke 24:1-35

By:  Josh Boles

There are certain words in the Bible that should make you stop and think. Sometimes these are big words, or words that we don’t understand very well. Today, perhaps the single most important word in this chapter is the word, but. This is how our chapter starts off for today. Yesterday we were left with an innocent man suffering the wrath of sin for all mankind. BUT today the story changes drastically.

The word itself hold no value but what it accomplishes is of great value. A conjunction is used to connect clauses or sentences, or to coordinate words in the same clause. Another definition is, the action or an instance of two or more events or things occurring at the same time and space. Conjunctions are important to observe in the Bible, and this one might be the most important.

This conjunction joins the two realities we are facing together. Jesus has just been crucified, and is dead, BUT now he lives. We see this word again in verse 6 when the men who were at the tomb said to them, “He is not here, BUT has risen,” This is so significant because it means that Jesus is taking the reality and consequence of our sin, and completely changing it. Just consider a few other verses. Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, BUT the free gift of God is eternal life. Romand 5:8, “But God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were sinners, Christ died for us.”

Ephesians 2:4-5 says “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.” Jesus changes everything! We are deserving of death, BUT because of God’s great mercy we get grace! We are deserving of eternal damnation, BUT instead we receive eternal life.

These things that we are reading about set into motion God’s great plan of salvation that had been long awaited and eagerly expected. We see this unfold in verse 13-35. This is the first story of Jesus appearing before people, and is one of the longest stories in the Gospels. Being that this story is very long we will not cover every detail but there are a couple of observations that help us bring this story of redemption to life.

Jesus rebukes the people in verse 25 for not believing all of the scriptures. In saying this, Jesus is affirming that all of the Bible is about Him. Every book, chapter, verse, and word tells of His great love, and plan of redemption for us. Jesus is the fulfillment of all of the Old Testament prophecies. The Bible tells one story about the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

The second thing we see on the road to Emmaus is that our faith is not rooted in personal experiences alone, but should be rooted in the scripture. This might be the reason Jesus blinded them, and the reason he rebuked them. We do not live by sight, but we live by faith. Jesus will tell his disciples later, who all wanted to see the holes in his hand for proof, to stop doubting and believe.

Finally in verse 31 the Lord opens their eyes, and they recognize Jesus. This is so important because the disciples did not open their own eyes, but the Lord revealed Himself to them. Their eyes were opened and they recognized him. This is just proof that God draws us to Himself. There is nothing inside of us that is worthy of coming to the throne of the Father. By His grace alone, He draws us in and forgives our unbelief. Trust in the fact that Jesus is alive, and celebrate the reality of Jesus saving you from your sins.

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Luke 23:44-56

DAILY DEVOTION

FOR

Wednesday, JUNE 17

SCRIPTURE:  Luke 23:44-56

By:  Josh Boles

 

Tomorrow we get to cover the greatest day in history. The day when Jesus conquered sin, death, and hell for all of eternity bringing hope to all of the hopeless. What a glorious day! Today however, we have to deal with Jesus’ death and burial. This was not a glorious day, and in fact is the darkest day in all of humanity. We often call this day “Good Friday.” While the facts of this day end up being good news for us, it is our sin that put Jesus on the cross.

One thing that we always have to realize is that Jesus was not only dying a brutal physical death. He was also suffering even more so in the spiritual realm as it was Jesus’ duty to take upon the wrath of God for all humanity on His shoulders. We see this hidden in the first few verses.

One of the first things we read is the fact that it was dark at the sixth hour. This would have been noon, and it stayed dark until 3. This darkness is not a coincidence, or a scientific phenomenon. Many skeptics have said that it was an eclipse, which is impossible. This was taking place over passover weekend. Passover occurred during a full moon and a solar eclipse can only happen during a new moon. This darkness was simply a supernatural event from God showing his displeasure in humanity crucifying Jesus. Yes, this event is God’s plan for redeeming people back to him but our sin put him there.

The fact that this is happening during passover bears so much weight. The time that Jewish people were to present their acceptable offering to the Lord was between noon and 3pm. The passover was primarily a time of celebration and festivals. The darkness on this day of celebration signifies lament, or grief. See Amos 8:9-10 for reference. It also represents God’s divine judgement, see Exodus 10:1-23. The darkness is both a literal, and spiritual sign. This is important because Jesus was dying a very real, physical death. Then, there is the non physical side of things. In all  likeliness this is the moment when Jesus was receiving the full wrath of God. This is why we see him commit His spirit to God the Father in verse 46.

Have you ever stopped for a minute and thought of the gravity of this reality? If not, you should now.  As Jesus was dying and suffering the wrath of God, He was thinking of you. I am not being metaphorical here. He was quite literally thinking of you. In this he was standing in place of your sins in front of God’s righteous judgement, receiving the full wrath for your sins, and everybody else both past, present, and future. How does this fact motivate your for Christian living.

This is the day that literally changed the coarse of history. Everything we know revolves around this single instant in time. We even gauge our sense of time upon this event. All of these details we have been talking about are leading up to one fact. Jesus is the sufficient sacrifice for our sins. This is why Jesus’ death took place on passover. There is now no other means of making our sins right before God, other than Jesus. He is the perfect, spotless lamb who is worthy of swallowing up the sins of all humanity.

As we close, I would like for you to read, and consider the weight of 2 Corinthians 5:14 “For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.” I am convinced that Jesus is real, and that he really did die for my sins. Because of that fact I am compelled to live a life pleasing to him and accomplish the ministry of the Church.

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