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Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 235/260: Mary Magdalene

Read Luke 24:1-12

They Remembered His Words

When the women arrived at the tomb and saw the stone rolled away, and they saw that the body of Jesus was not inside, the women who came with their spices “were greatly perplexed” (Luke 24:4). Then “two men stood by them in shining garments” (Luke 24:4), and the women “were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth” (Luke 24:5). Keep in mind that fear was the typical response to the appearance of an angel throughout the Bible; and while Mark and Luke call these being men, they are identified as angels in Matthew 28:5. They asked, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but He is risen!” (Luke 24:5-6).

People seek fulfillment and happiness in all sorts of places. Work, money, friendships, hobbies. If God is not a part of these things, however, they will fail to make a person truly happy. People want to enjoy life, but truly abundant life only comes from Jesus (John 10:10). Without Him, you will not find true happiness. We should not seek the living (Jesus) among the dead (worldly possessions and activities).

The angels encouraged the women, “Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again’” (Luke 24:6-7).

We need to pay attention to the words of Jesus, just as the women needed to bring those words back to their minds. They had been so overtaken by grief that they forgot His great promise. We must continue to study His Word and meditate on it to avoid the sometimes-overwhelming pressures of this world. We are often so distracted by day-to-day cares and needs that we forget His promises.

“And they remembered His words” (Luke 24:8). Upon remembering, they told others! If we focus on remembering His words, telling others the good news about Jesus, about what He did for us, and what He wants to do for us, perhaps we won’t be so distracted by the things of this world.

The Road To Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35)

The Road To Emmaus

Luke 24:13-35

I. The importance of listening to all things revealed

    A. The disciples’ despair (Luke 24:13-24; 23:53,55)
    B. Jesus contrasts their misunderstanding with the actual inspired record (Luke 24:25-27; Genesis 3:15; 22:18; Exodus 12; Leviticus 16:1-34; Deuteronomy 18:15; Isaiah 7:14; 40:10-11; 50:6; 53:3-4; Ezekiel 34:23; Micah 5:2; Zechariah 6:12; 9:9; 12:10; 13:7; Malachi 3:1)
    C. Application for today (Matthew 7:21; Mark 16:16; John 12:48)

II. The necessity of hospitality

    A. The disciples’ hospitality (Luke 24:28-29)
    B. A requirement for Christians, both leaders (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:8) and all members (1 Peter 4:9)
    C. Jesus was not going to force Himself into their lives or homes – He required the invitation

III. Our attitude toward the Scriptures

    A. Their hearts burned (Luke 24:32; James 1:21; 2 Timothy 2:15)
    B. They were so excited, they could not wait to tell others (Luke 24:33-35; Mark 16:15)

Up From The Grave He Arose! (Luke 24:1-12)

Up From The Grave He Arose Luke 24:1-12

Luke 24:1-12

I. “He is risen!”

    A. The women were perplexed (Luke 24:1-4a; 23:55-56; John 18:11, 15)
    B. “Why do you seek the living among the dead?” (Luke 24:4b-6a; 1 Corinthians 15:12-20, 58)

II. “They remembered His words”

    A. Jesus predicted His death (Luke 24:6b-7; 9:21-22, 43-45; 18:31-34)
    B. The importance of His words (Luke 24:8; 6:46-49)

III. “They told all these things”

    A. “I Love to Tell the Story” (Luke 24:9)
    B. Who will believe us? (Luke 24:10-11; 8:4-15; Romans 10:14-17)
    C. Invite people to investigate the truth (Luke 24:12; 2 Corinthians 13:5)

Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 24/260: Read Luke 24

Jesus is risen! His disciples did not understand at first, despite all He had taught them. They failed to connect the dots between the Old Testament prophecies and the life of Jesus.

He admonished them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!” He said, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.”

Let’s not be too hard on those disciples, though; we are often the same way today! Too often we have a tendency to be short-sighted, not comprehending the spiritual blessings God has in store for His faithful children in eternity. Discouraged by the temporal, we forget the permanent promises of Christ. Too often we are the foolish ones; we are slow of heart to believe.

Here’s the big picture: the Son of God came to this world, dwelt among men, and was killed by His own creation. But the story doesn’t end there! He rose from the dead, and because He conquered death, remission of sins is involved to penitent believers today! What a wonderful covenant He has made with His people!

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

Acts 1:11. “Men of _______________, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same _______________, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like _______________ as you saw Him go into heaven.”

Pray

Pray for patience in the promises of God; pray for confidence in the covenant of Christ.