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.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. 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.” Luke 24:44-49
Today’s verses are the start of one of the most amazing transformations in history. Jesus, after the resurrection, begins to remind the disciples of all that He had taught them over the past three and a half years. He explains to them how what had just happened was foretold in the Scriptures, the Christian Old Testament. The Jesus tells the disciple to remain in the city until they receive power from on high, the Holy Spirit. This is the beginning of the change in the disciples.
From this day on they will be transformed from a bunch of frightened, cowardly, disheartened and disillusioned men into world changers. From Jerusalem they will spread out into the world and take the Gospel to all the people. They will face hardship, pain and suffering in order to bring God’s message to all the world. All but one will suffer a martyr’s death. And the one who dies in old age will be sentenced to be boiled in oil and survive only to be sent in exile to Patmos. Each will go willingly to their death and none will ever denounce Jesus or His message.
Such is the power of the Gospel that it can take the week and unsure and transform them into bold proclaimers for Christ.
Have a blessed day,