Monday 16th April 2018
Welcome to this week’s daily devotions. On Sunday we looked at Luke 24 v 36 – 53 in our series called Luke’s Easter.
While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them,
“Peace be with you.”
They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence.
He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”
Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them,
“This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
The Ascension of Jesus
When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.
In this passage we see that the disciple’s troubles and fears are inked to their doubt. Troubles and doubt always walk hand in hand. We are troubled because we look at our circumstances according to our experience or what someone has said instead of looking at them according to the truth of the Word of God. We end up believing the lies of the devil.
When Jesus comes into the room he confronts the troubled disciples with truth. He shows them his nail pierced hands and feet and presents the Gospel to them. We always combat fear, trouble and being disturbed with the truth of God’s Word. Here are some great statements from the Freedom in Christ Course that help us confront lies from the Devil, our own insecurities and our fears and our doubts.
I renounce the lie that You, Father God, are distant and uninterested in me. I choose to believe the truth that You, Father God, are always personally present with me, have plans to give me a hope and a future, and have prepared works in advance specifically for me to do. (see Psalms 139:1–18; Matthew 28:20, Jeremiah 29:11, Ephesians 2:10).
I renounce the lie that You, Father God, are insensitive and don’t know me or care for me. I choose to believe the truth that You, Father God, are kind and compassionate and know every single thing about me. (see Psalm 103:8–14; 1 John 3:1–3; Hebrews 4:12–13).
Find some time today to look at some of these scriptures and be amazed at the truth of God’s Word.
Have a great day!
Pastor Peter Jordan