Luke 24:36-53

April Memory Verse: But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8 NIV

Read: Luke 24:36-53

In today's passage we close out the book of Luke! In this passage we see something that can sometimes hit close to many of our hearts: doubt. The disciples are literally looking at the resurrected Christ in the eyes, and yet some of them are not sure what they are seeing.

He is trying to prove to these confused disciples that he is who he says he is. He is showing them that he is in a body, and is not a ghost! He even went so far as to eat a piece of fish just to show them that he indeed was not a spirit. Many people have serious doubts about who Jesus is that are outside of even philosophical or scientific problems. Many doubt that God is good, that He can truly forgive because of the sins that they have committed, that God truly cares about them. Jesus understands them, is compassionate toward them, and shows that he is worthy to stand up to scruatbility.

So Jesus addresses their physical doubts, and then he opens up the Scriptures for them and we see that they can finally understand how Jesus is the fulfillment of the Law, Prophets, and Psalms (which is obviously the entire Old Testament). Now Jesus is pointing them to His Word to reveal the Truth about Himself. This again is important for us to apply: are we going to trust that God's Word is true even when our feelings don't measure up? What are you going to functionally trust in: the absolute truth of God's Word or the subjective truth of your perceived reality?

By: Graham Withers


Korbet Finley - April 6th, 2021 at 6:02am

Although He is our firm foundation, it takes our heart time to test our footing on this new and untested space we dare to tread. Trusting Christ in a new area of your life can be like this. But change we must, and quickly. And yet we see the patience of the Lord with the disciples who were still struggling with their unsure footing. These men would soon become an unquenched fire that would spread the gospel to the known world, clearly the opposite of what they were doing at the time. Examine their change of heart, and change of direction and purpose ...and then let Christ surely and soundly eliminate your own fears and doubts about your own life.

Graham Withers - April 6th, 2021 at 7:08am

That’s good Korbet!

Thomas Carter - April 6th, 2021 at 6:19am

Emotions and Feelings come and go. So our faith must be built upon something more permanent than a ‘feeling’. My faith is grounded in the truth of God’s Word, something that doesn’t change, no matter what changes in the world around me.

Graham Withers - April 6th, 2021 at 7:08am

Love that Thomas! That should be all of our mindset

Mike Pepper - April 7th, 2021 at 5:40am

Amen Thomas! When is was a child my little Baptist Church sang all the hymns but there were certain ones we sang more than others. This one is ingrained in my memory:

🎶On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand!

God’s word is indeed the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow! Jesus is the Solid Rock!

Scottie Frans - April 6th, 2021 at 8:55am

Without trusting in God's word, without believing that it is inerrant, we have nothing to stand on. That is the only way that any of what is in scripture can be trusted. That being said, we can believe that God's word is true. It is always a good idea to look at God's word to believe that it is true, and we find this in 2 Timothy 3:16 (All scripture is inspired by God, or God breathed in other translations). And then we can look to other sources as well to gain a better understanding of why God's word is true and inerrant. We talked at connect group last night about Lee Strobel's book "The Case for Christ." That is an excellent book to read that will give you a better understanding about why God's word can be trusted, and there are many more sources as well to point to the inerrancy of scripture. Thankful today that what God said was true then, and true now 2,000 years later.

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