Salvation Even for Me!

12 Apr

After opening their minds, Jesus did three things. First he explained the Scriptures showing why it was necessary for him to die and rise again (Luke 24:46). Secondly, he commissioned the apostles to preach this Gospel of the death and resurrection of Jesus (Luke 24:46), which made him the Messiah (Acts 2:32-36), and to call the whole world to repentance and reconcile themselves to God (Luke 24:47-48; Acts 2:37-38; 2Corinthians 5:14-21). Finally, he empowered them for the work of God, telling them to wait at Jerusalem for the promise of the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49). They had no idea what to expect. They just trusted Jesus and obeyed.

Jesus led the apostles out as far as Bethany on Mount Olivet, which was a Sabbath-day’s journey (Luke 24:50; cp. Acts 1:12). As he blessed them, he was taken up into heaven (Luke 24:51; Acts 1:9-11).

They worshiped him (Luke 24:52). Upon seeing Jesus as the living Savior, the apostles no longer lived in fear (John 20:19), but were in the Temple daily praising and blessing God (Luke 24:53). So the book of Luke ends as it began, in the Temple of God (cp. Luke 1:9 & Luke 24:53). Yet, there is an incomparable difference between the two experiences. Zechariah was still in unbelief and fear, while the apostles in faith, praised and blessed God, because they possessed the perfect Love that casts out fear (cp. Luke 24:52 & 1John 4:15-19).

I have one final observation concerning the resurrection Scriptures of Luke and the Life of Christ in me. The three things the Lord did for the apostles after his resurrection reflect my own salvation. First of all, Jesus opened my mind (Luke 24:45) and explained to me that he died in my place and lives to give me eternal life (Luke 24:46). I could never have found this out on my own. Neither would I have believed it had I heard it from man. No argument from science, logic or personal experience would have revealed Christ crucified but resurrected and living in me. I had nothing to do with what Jesus did or how I came to understand it. He did it all and revealed it all. No man helped him. No evangelist, apostle, pastor, deacon, parent or friend was able to open my mind to all I know today. Jesus did this, and dead men, even dead heroes, cannot affect men this way. Jesus is alive!

Secondly, he has given me a place of ministry, a commission (Luke 24:47-48), if you will, to live this Life of Christ before men in such a manner that in me could be revealed both my repentance and my submission to my Savior (Luke 24:47). I am a witness to the change that has taken place in me, and I am to allow others to see my life, as though it were a light that could not be hid. In this manner I may by word (1Peter 3:15) or by example (cp. 1Peter 3:1) be used of God to draw others to himself (2Corinthians 5:18-20), as it pleases him.

Finally, I am empowered for service with the Life of God. He has promised me his Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49). Today, I have the earnest or the down payment of this promised inheritance (Ephesians 1:13-14), until that wonderful day when this corruption will be swallowed up in incorruption (2Corinthians 5:1-4). Now I live my life in only partial knowledge of him, in only measured light from above (1Corinthaians 13:9-12), but some day I shall live in fullness. Praise him forever! Amen.

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