On day one of his Resurrected life, Jesus invested time helping his close friends see and believe that he’d risen from death.
He also invested time helping them anchor that reality-changing fact of the resurrection in the reality-revealing truth of the Scriptures.
On the Emmaus road and in the upper-room in Jerusalem on that first-day-of-the-week, Jesus drove home the same point: “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” (Luke 24:44; see also verses 25-27).
Despite all Jesus had taught and done before being crucified, even his very best students needed spiritual opening-up: “Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures” (verse 45).
Even we who are familiar (perhaps over-familiar) with the fact of Resurrection need our minds and hearts opened up, more and more broadly and deeply. Do we ask God to do that for us?
They also needed a big-picture plan for making sense of the details: “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” (verses 46-47).
Do we carry this big-picture into our own reading? Are we looking for those themes of suffering, rising, repentance, forgiveness, and all nations—all “in his name”?
As you prepare to worship this coming Sunday, I invite you to read the scriptures we will hear together in the service: Micah 4:1-5 & 5:1-5a, Psalm 98, 1 John 1:1-2:2, and Luke 24:36-49.
If you’re unfamiliar with the prophetic book called Micah, take about five minutes to watch the video on this link to The Bible Project. You’ll notice every theme Jesus mentions in Luke.
May we grow together in the endurance, the encouragement, and the hope of the scriptures as they lead us in the Way of Jesus, our risen Messiah.