DEVOTION – DAY 26
Luke 24: 13–35
Cleopas and his friend were sad and confused. If Jesus really was the Messiah-King, why did He die? And why did the women not find Jesus’ body when they went to the tomb? Was it just a dream that an angel told them Jesus was alive? The more Cleopas and his friend talked the more questions they had.
And who was this man walking with them? Why did he not know what had happened? Everybody in Jerusalem for the Passover knew that Jesus of Nazareth was crucified. They could not hide their sadness and confusion as they told this man the story. However, when the stranger started explaining God’s plan for the Messiah-King from the Scriptures, it all started to make sense. Did they learn that Jesus was the prophet Moses said would come (Deuteronomy 18:5)? Did they realize that Isaiah had told about the crucifixion (Isaiah 53)? Did they understand that the Psalms spoke of the resurrection (Psalms 16:10)? For the first time it became clear to them that everything happened to Jesus just as God had planned.
When Cleopas and his friend realized that this person walking and talking with them was Jesus, they were happier than they had ever been! Now they were certain that Jesus was alive and that He was the Messiah-King. When Jesus came back to life, it proved He was God. Only God has the power to give life to the dead. One day the body of every believer in Jesus will be raised to life from where they have been buried (1 Corinthians 15:42-43). God made sure that many people saw Jesus after He came back to life, so we know it really happened. Cleopas and his friend were just two of over 500 people who saw Jesus, with their own eyes, after He died and came back to life (1 Corinthians 15:6).
Jesus was raised from the dead and is alive.
- What are some questions you still have about Jesus?
- What does the Old Testament tell us about Jesus?
- Why did God make sure that many people saw that Jesus was alive?
Acts 2: 36-39 —week 4
Discuss v.38 “and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit’”