“Rising Above It All”
Luke 24:44-53 reads “Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so, stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.’ NRSV
A Word of Hope
I remember a time when my mother told me that I could not go with her out of town to visit our relatives. She wanted me to stay home and study because I would be better prepared for a major test on that subsequent Monday morning. I was disappointed because I knew that everybody would be having a good time without me. I knew that this situation was temporary, but I felt left behind.
In today’s scripture, Jesus tells the disciples that “…they must stay in the city until that have been clothed with the power from on high.” You can tell from the scripture that they did not totally understand why they needed to stay behind. They did not know why they needed to study to prepare for the prophecy to be fulfilled. Jesus wanted them to open their minds to understand the scripture, so they would understand completely what it meant from Him to rise from the dead after the third day and help His followers recall important facts about Jesus’ life including the miracles, the prophecies, and the resurrection. He wanted them to remember everything He had told them as well as what they had witnessed while He was on this earth. He wanted them to be able to tell the stories vividly with accuracy, passion, and enthusiasm.
Well, my mother was right to have me stay home and study because I would not have been focused on memorizing terms, concepts, and facts. I would have played with my cousins and would not have wanted to study for the test. Jesus knew what was best for the disciples just like my mom knew what was best for me to rise above the chaos. Jesus knew telling the men and women what to do would benefit everyone for centuries. Jesus prepared them for the Holy Spirit, so they would be empowered to evangelize after His ascension. Taking time to pray, study, and learn prepares us all for spiritual success and to be knowledgeable messengers of God’s extravagant grace.
Dear Creator of the Universe: Thank you for Jesus. Thank you for the Holy Spirit. Thank you for wisdom, knowledge, and courage to rise up and live our best lives. May it be so in Your darling son Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!
Minister Winner Laws