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Witnesses of the Suffering and the Resurrection
Bible Passage Luke 24: 44-52
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & books Acts, John, Luke, Mark.

Witnesses of the Suffering and the Resurrection

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached April 21, 2022

SCRIPTURE 📖
44 Then he told them, “These are the words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms had to be fulfilled.”

45 Then he opened their minds so that they might understand the Scriptures.

46 He told them, “This is how it is written: the Messiah was to suffer and rise from the dead on the third day,

47 and then repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

48 You are witnesses of these things.

49 I am sending to you what my Father promised, so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

50 Later, he led them out as far as Bethany, lifted up his hands, and blessed them.

51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up to heaven.

52 They worshipped him and returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy.

BACKGROUND
Now, Jesus had revealed Himself to the people many times. He then reminded His disciples all He had told them many times about His death and resurrection. (Luke 9:22; 18:31-34). All that had happened to Him was in the scriptures. All that the scriptures said about Him must happen. Moses, the prophets, and the Psalms mean the whole of the Old Testament. Every part of the scriptures tells us about Jesus.

Jesus told them these things while He was with them. Soon He would leave them. His body would not remain with them in this world.

Like He did on the road to Emmaus, now Jesus helped the disciples to understand the scriptures. He showed them from the scriptures that Christ had to suffer.

He showed them that Christ would rise from death. Now that this had happened, they must preach this good news. They must tell people this gospel. People must turn to Christ and they must repent of their sins. Then God will forgive them.

The disciples must start to preach this gospel where they were, in Jerusalem. Then they must preach it in all the nations of the world. This gospel was for all people and not just the Jews. This was a new idea for the disciples. They must preach in the name of Christ. That means that they must preach with His authority.

The disciples were in the room because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. They could not preach the gospel in their own strength. But God had promised to send the Holy Spirit to His people (John 14:26). The disciples would need the power of the Holy Spirit to preach the gospel. So, Jesus told them to wait in Jerusalem until they had received this power from God.

It was 40 days after His resurrection that Jesus led His disciples toward Bethany.

Jesus raised His hands and prayed over His friends. As He blessed them, He went up from them. As they watched, a cloud hid Him from their sight (Acts 1:9-11).

The disciples would not see Him again. This was the end of Jesus’ work as a man on the earth. He is a perfect God and perfect man, and He now has the place of greatest honor and glory in heaven.

When the time arrived for Jesus to leave His disciples and return to His Father, the disciples were no longer confused but confident. Again Jesus was to be taken from them, but this time instead of fleeing in fear and distress, they accompanied Him to the place chosen for His departure. From near Bethany, the village on the slopes of Mount Olivet just outside Jerusalem, Jesus left His disciples, with the promise that one day He would return (Mark 16:19; Luke 24:50-51; cf. Acts 1:9-12).

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 The work of Jesus Christ has given all of the power over sin and the forgiveness of our sins

🔷 Every believer has been equipped to take the message of Christ to all people at all places

🔷 Jesus Christ will return again soon, to judge all our thoughts and deeds and reward each person

PRAYER POINT🙏🏽
💥 Ask for God’s equipment to be clothed with power for His work

CONCLUSION📙
The power of the Holy Spirit authorizes each one of us to go into the world with confidence as ambassadors of the kingdom’s work. We must do this with alacrity knowing that the Master will soon return to request the account.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections