The Revelation that Jesus Lives – 8-3-22

He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ ” Luke 24:6-7 NKJV

RELATIONSHIP:

Do you already have a relationship with a powerful God who cares about your every need because He loves you? Did you know my God can communicate with you and protect you – He has a plan for you to prosper if you just submit to His will and let His plan play out in your life!!! God wants a relationship with you and has already made a plan for your life. He loves you so much He sent His son to this world, to die as a sacrifice for your sins and rise from death with victory over sin and the ability to have a personal relationship with you.

Do you want to know truth? Be able to discern lies? Know how to figure it all out in these confusing times and have peace? The Bible says Jesus is the truth. I have experienced it and it has changed my life. I was once a hot mess of sin, promiscuity, drug and alcohol use and so much more. But I was lost and when I could not find my way, or find a truth, I numbed it with bad choses. When I found Jesus, and truth – I found peace and deliverance from those things.

If you want a relationship with God without truth you will get the counterfeit, hypocritical Christianity that has kept some of you away for too long. You need truth and relationship. You need to be honest with yourself and God (including honest repentance) and God will reveal truth to you. It becomes the two way, interaction that your relationship with God is built on. This is why Jesus is called the truth, because he is our only way to the Father. 

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NIV
Here is a prayer for you to pray:
Jesus, I believe you are the way, the truth, the life, and the only way to the Father. I believe you are the son of God, you came to Earth and lived. That you died on the cross as a sacrifice for my sins, and rose again so that I may be saved from my sins and be able to get to know you. I declare: Jesus, you are Lord!
Therefore, I confess that I am a sinner and I ask that you forgive me of my sins and come into my life. Help me to turn away from my sins and transform me into what you have lovingly created me to be. Help me through a real personal relationship grow and accept your will for my life – that I may live in your blessings. Please walk with me, and talk with me – I accept a relationship with you and with our Father God, through you. In the name of Jesus I pray ~ Amen

BIBLE READING:

Dear Heavenly Father – Please give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of who you are, who Jesus is, and who the Holy Spirit is. Open the eyes of our understanding, please, so we may know the hope of our calling and the vast sovereignty and power of the grace of the cross. Please do not let us miss out on what you want and need from us today. Lord, I pray that your word prepares us and not scares us! We forbid the works and influences of fear over your word and our sound mind. And please keep us and bless us and shine your face upon us and pour out grace over us and give us peace! And we pray for the peace of Jerusalem! Thank you! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

Today’s reading is the Book of Luke chapter 24 (embedded below for your convenience in the NKJV). 

He Is Risen

24 Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, [a]and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. And it happened, as they were [b]greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ ”

And they remembered His words. Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles. 11 And their words seemed to them like [c]idle tales, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths [d]lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened.

The Road to Emmaus

13 Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was [e]seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 15 So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.

17 And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you [f]walk and are sad?”

18 Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?”

19 And He said to them, “What things?”

So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. 21 But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. 22 Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. 23 When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. 24 And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.”

25 Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He [g]expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

The Disciples’ Eyes Opened

28 Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He [h]indicated that He would have gone farther. 29 But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them.

30 Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.

32 And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” 33 So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was [i]known to them in the breaking of bread.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

36 Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” 37 But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. 38 And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”

40 [j]When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. 41 But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?” 42 So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish [k]and some honeycomb. 43 And He took it and ate in their presence.

The Scriptures Opened

44 Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” 45 And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.

46 Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, [l]and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And you are witnesses of these things. 49 Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city [m]of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”

The Ascension

50 And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. 51 Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and were continually in the temple [n]praising and blessing God. [o]Amen.

Footnotes

  1. Luke 24:1 NU omits and certain other women with them
  2. Luke 24:4 NU omits greatly
  3. Luke 24:11 nonsense
  4. Luke 24:12 NU omits lying
  5. Luke 24:13 Lit. 60 stadia
  6. Luke 24:17 NU walk? And they stood still, looking sad.
  7. Luke 24:27 explained
  8. Luke 24:28 acted as if
  9. Luke 24:35 recognized
  10. Luke 24:40 Some printed New Testaments omit v. 40. It is found in nearly all Gr. mss.
  11. Luke 24:42 NU omits and some honeycomb
  12. Luke 24:46 NU that the Christ should suffer and rise
  13. Luke 24:49 NU omits of Jerusalem
  14. Luke 24:53 NU omits praising and
  15. Luke 24:53 NU omits Amen.

 MEMORY VERSE CHALLENGE:

Romans 8:1

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”

STUDY/DEVOTIONAL:

You are three days into August and WOW what an amazing way to start a month – with the redemption story! I know the last 2 days have been powerful for me! And I woke up on August 1st and opened my Bible to begin this study and the FIRST thing I read in the Month of August is “He Is Risen!”  I think I will make the fact that Jesus is risen, my focus for the month!

Dear Lord, please, draw me closer, make me bolder and make me hungrier – insatiably hungry – for you and your word! Let me be a surrendered vessel for your work this month. In the name of Jesus ~amen

1 Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ ”

Women, doing women’s work. I have heard it said often that men get to go climb mountains or go for a long walk, where it is quiet, to spend time with God, meet God, and get their assignments. But not women. We are met at the well, while fulfilling out duties. We can learn the lessons while cooking and cleaning like Martha – although Jesus said Mary chose the better lot (to sit and listen), Martha was never rebuked for working, because the work must also get done and Jesus meets the women while they work.
A pastor shared a thing about a women evangelist, a powerful woman of God, who He used during a revival. And it sparked a great debate – it flooded over into other Christian circles and days later still other groups and circles have joined the debate: Can God use women to speak the gospel?
I refrained from joining the chaos. I know the word, and I do not have to defend God. He is quite capable of defending Himself. He said to me that He has taught me through classes, and online studies and my own time researching and learning – and I am to teach others. I do use authoritative words (because the Bible uses them and we need to do them) – but I do not speak as an authority over anyone just as an ambassador for Christ’s words. The only “Thus saith the Lord” I offer is and firm “It is written”. Therefore both man and woman can study the word with me and be in right authority and in line with the Lord.
I am not willing to spark this debate here – Of course we are all called to “Go ye therefore”. But I am willing to bring it up because the first people assigned the task of telling the fulfilled redemption story were women. They were the first humans to speak the words: HE IS RISEN. And they were given the task, while set about to do women’s work.

And they remembered His words.”

Now, God also meets men while they are going and doing. God does new things, different things and a variety of things. This idea is just based on a pattern in the Bible of the majority of the situation. But it would not be possible if the people in these situations did not do a few things.

All of them had faith, some already using it while other had not been using it. All had faith.
All had scriptures or the Words of Jesus hidden in their hearts. How can revelation happen if we do not hide His words in our hearts? They remembered His words, even though when he first spoke them, they did not understand. If we skip the passages that we do not understand and we do not put them inside us – we’ll never understand. We must be able to remember His words. And then! The revelation will come. It will bear witness with our commission to tell the world and set us on fire!

Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles. 11 And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened.”

We talk about Thomas doubting – but Peter not only doubted, he called the ladies a liar and went to see for himself. He found no earthquake, no angels, and no message of comfort from on high. The full experience was exclusively for the ladies.
Peter did not immediately remember the words of Jesus concerning these things – so he did not immediately receive the revelation. Later he put it all together, but at first he was too emotional to reason. Yes, men too are hindered by emotions.

13 Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 15 So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.
17 And He said to them, 
“What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”
18 Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?”
19 And He said to them, 
“What things?”
So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. 21 But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. 22 Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. 23 When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. 24 And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.”

News travels fast. Strangers AND residents were buzzing about the death and resurrection of Christ. Even those who did not know it was happening, later learned what had happened and it explained the earthquakes and darkened skies and all the strange signs and wonders released upon the earth. The Pharisees, Priests, and leaders were on fake news watch and engaged in censorship activities and counter stories to do damage control, to both their reputations and to squash the glory of the Father in Christ. The enemy uses the same tactics today. Here are two sides of the story – which will you believe?

25 Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

And with that, they still did not have the revelation! They also did not have all the scriptures hidden in their hearts for Jesus to use to show them. So Jesus, tries to jog their memories of these things. It appears from the text that they walked along after that, without dialog. Possible contemplating the old scriptures in light of Christ’s death and resurrection?

28 Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. 29 But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them.
30 Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.

And there it is the revelation of Christ.

32 And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” 33 So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.”

Their hearts burned within them while Jesus reminded them of the old scriptures and prophets who foretold of the life, death and resurrection of Christ. Once the word was hidden in their hearts, they can look at it in light of what has happened – and as they did, revelation happens!

36 Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” 37 But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. 38 And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”
40 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. 41 But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?” 42 So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. 43 And He took it and ate in their presence.”

So the word was already stirred as they spoke of all these things and they had the faith – and revelations!!!

44 Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” 45 And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.
46 Then He said to them, 
“Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And you are witnesses of these things.

We are witnesses STILL. His LIFE power is still moving in us. Do not ask God to move – He did! He sent His son! Jesus MOVED! And died and rose again! The MOVE is done – we were then told that WE MUST MOVE! WE MUST GO! We must follow this same pattern – God gives them a measure of faith, so all we need to do it give them the word of God. Plant it deep in their hearts, through sharing our experience! Testify, not in giving glory to sin, but in glorifying God and the LIFE of Jesus! We do not need a move of God – we need an obedient and “Going” church!

We cannot reveal Christ to anyone – again: God gives faith to them and we give the word. Then Jesus reveals Himself, in His time.

You are not bold enough?

49 Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”

Jesus knows. He made a way for that. Get into your prayer closet and tarry – take a mini staycation and wait for the promise – because that promise is for you and me as well!
And if you have already received the promise – use it! It is not for you to keep hidden under a bushel. Step out in fear and let God use that supernatural boldness to help you fulfill His call on your life. I hate using the terms “call on your life” because people equate it with something big and scary.  We are ALL called to serve and tell people about Jesus. God already did HIS big move – now we need to walk this out!

50 And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. 51 Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen.

And the Book of Acts picks up right here!

And day and night I look up to the heavens in anticipation of the rapture while I go – I move in Him. And I encourage and tell other they need to obey and do it too.

And this concludes the book of Luke.

Come back tomorrow, and invite your friends (it is an easy way to “going” and “telling them”), because we are starting the powerful book of Galatians!!

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Thank you for reading in 2022 – a Year of Wisdom and Salvation
May the God of peace keep you and bless you. May you stay focused on Christ and covered in grace.
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

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