I was reading through Luke 24 yesterday morning and I came across a few verses that really spoke to me.
I believe that part of the reason they spoke to me is because of past experiences studying the Gospels and getting frustrated with some of the things the disciples do and say. I find myself saying “they must have known what was going on. Jesus just told them what would happen.” which eventually turns into some form of me judging the disciples for their lack of faith.
As I have reflected on this, I can see the hypocrisy of my ways and I have repented of my judgment. But I find it humorous how easy it is to point out the lack of faith in others while practicing that same lack of faith in our own lives.
Now you may be asking yourself “what in the world does this have to do with Luke 24?” and that is a great question. We are getting there.
Let’s start by reading the whole chapter….Are you done?….. Good….
Did you catch what the disciple’s faith was contingent on?
Look at Verses 27 & 45 carefully.
Luke 24:27 ESV “And beginning with the Moses and all the Prophets, He (Jesus) interpreted to them in all the Scripture the things concerning himself.”
Luke 24:45 ESV “Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,”
Just as we sometimes lack faith as the disciples may have been lacking faith in that time (they had just seen or heard of the one whom they believed to be the Messiah coming to deliver them crucified on the cross) we need God to reveal himself to us. We need Him to reveal His will through His Word for our faith and salvation. (1Peter 1:23)
At this point, you may be asking yourself, “Well I have salvation, I am a Christian, Now what?”. Well, there are two things for you to take away.
The first is to keep reading God’s Word and He will increase your faith. He will continue to reveal Himself to you through it. I have had a few examples of this in my life when I have read a portion of Scripture at one time in my life to learn one thing and then read the same Scripture again later in life and learn something different. It is not that the Word changes or that the meaning is different but that God reveals something different to you as you mature in your faith.
The second is revealed in verses 46-47 of Luke 24.
Luke 24:46-47 “and (Jesus) 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 the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.”
The first step in a relationship with Christ is “repentance and forgiveness of sins” and after that you are to proclaim that salvation to all the nations in His name.
So if we are to break this down into an easy process we could outline it in three steps.
1- Repent and ask for forgiveness of sins through accepting the salvation provided by Jesus’ death on the Cross. (Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Romans 10:9, 1 John 1:12)
2 – Walk with Him. (Duet 6:4-9, John 15:1-17)
3 – Proclaim salvation through His name to all the nations. (Matt 28:18, Acts 1:8)