A Chapter a Day
- Sunday, April 17, Luke 24
- Monday, April 18, Acts 1
- Tuesday, April 19, Acts 2
- Wednesday, April 20, Acts 3
- Thursday, April 21, Acts 4
- Friday, April 22, Acts 5
- Saturday, April 23, Acts 6
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Luke 24 (ESV)
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. 5 And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” 8 And they remembered his words, 9 and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, 11 but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.
Jesus appears on the Road to Emmaus (vv. 13-35)
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, 43 and he took it and ate before them.
- Jesus wants us to have in the reality of his bodily resurrection.
Recommended resource: The Case for Christ, Lee Strobel.
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 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.”
- Jesus wants us to value, understand, and be transformed by the truth of the .
- Jesus wants us to be committed to the of making disciples of all nations.
Because of Jesus’ resurrection, . . . .
- We can be at with our past by repenting, believing, and receiving God’s .
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, (Ephesians 1:7, ESV)
“everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” (Acts 10:43b, ESV)
forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. (Colossians 3:13b, ESV)
- We can in the present as we abide in Christ and walk in the Spirit.
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. (2 Peter 1:3, NLT)
- We can live with confident and as we face the future.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:3-5, ESV)
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39, ESV)
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. . . . My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. (Philippians 1:21, 23b, ESV)
So, how should we respond?
Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” (Acts 2:37-39, ESV)
I want you to transform my life.
Please forgive my sins. I’m sorry for the ways I have disobeyed you, and I’m willing to turn from my sins in repentance.
I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sins, rose from the grave, and is one day coming again. By faith, I receive him as my Savior and Lord.
I want to follow Jesus, and I commit my life to him now. I am willing to be baptized as a follower of Jesus and to learn how to walk in obedience to his commands.
I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.