The idea of these little devotionals is simple. I want to approach scripture with the understanding that God is speaking. I’m reading through the Bible and listening for God to ask me questions. I expect these questions to be fairly open-ended and plan to carry them in my mind throughout the day. I’ll share these questions with you in the hope that you find them challenging and helpful.
36 As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” 37 But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. 38 And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41 And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish,[a] 43 and he took it and ate before them.
44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance for[b] the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”
50 And he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. 51 While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and were continually in the temple blessing God.
From this passage I hear God asking me:
It’s amazing, isn’t it?
Did you notice this line:
“Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures…”? (v. 45)
Once again, they knew the scriptures but had misunderstood them.
The scriptures are true, but your understanding is limited.
Be careful not to close your mind and heart to me.
Now that you’ve finished the gospel of Luke, consider this:
Why do you think Jesus came to earth?
I know he accomplished many different things, but can you narrow it down to a main purpose?
How you answer this determines how you follow him…
Is he, because of his words, your teacher?
Is he, because of how he lived, your example?
Is he, because of his forgiveness, your ticket to heaven?
Or, because of who he is and what he did, is he your Lord?
Yes, he can and should be all of the above, but his death and resurrection proves he is Lord, with or without you.
Isn’t it best to let it be with you?
Is God asking you anything more, or anything different?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.