devotional post # 2086
Luk 24:44 Then he told them, “These are my words that I was telling you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms had to be fulfilled.”
Luk 24:45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,
Luk 24:46 and said to them, “This is why it is written, that the Christ had to suffer and on the third day rise from the dead,
Luk 24:47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins has to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
Luk 24:48 You are going to testify about these things.
Luk 24:49 And notice, I am sending what my Father promised to you. But keep you have to keep staying in the city until you are clothed from the high place with ability.”
the bridge between knowing and doing
This is a significant event in the lives of the apostles. As he records it, Luke is transitioning from the major themes of his Gospel to the focus of his second book: Acts. It took the apostles all this time to get to the point where they knew the significant points in God’s plan as laid out in the Old Testament. They now understood from the Tanach (Torah (Moses) Neviim (Prophets) and Chthuvim (Psalms)) these significant points:
- Christ had to be crucified
- Christ had to rise from the dead
- Repentance and forgiveness of sins has to be proclaimed in his name.
Jesus tells them that they are going to be the ones who begin testifying about these things. But, before they begin, they need to wait for the enablement of the Holy Spirit. He is the bridge between knowing what to do, and doing it.
LORD, fill us with your enablement so that we can proclaim your gospel.