Thursday, March 14, 2013

Mar 14 - Luke 24

Today's reading in our daily plan is Luke 24. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • In this chapter Luke tells us about the most significant event in history: the resurrection of Jesus. Jesus raises from the dead and then makes appearances to people to prove he is alive. He also explains why he had to die and raise from the dead.
  • If you don't believe (or aren't sure) Jesus was truly raised from the dead, do not miss Easter at Verve. We'll be looking at a lot of evidence that might convince you. Also, sign up for our Verge class; one of the topics we examine is Jesus' resurrection.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Death is not final for Jesus’ followers. Because Jesus rose from the dead we don’t have to fear bodily death. When we die we can be confident that God will take care of us and give us new life with him.
  • Jesus has power to free us from sin. Not just the suffering our sin creates but also from choosing sin in our lives. We will never be perfect in this life (we should remember this so we don’t judge others), but through the motivation of God’s love and Jesus' power through the Holy Spirit we will become more like our Teacher. Jesus' followers are in the process of becoming people who love like Jesus did.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • The resurrection of Jesus changes everything. So think about this: What has it changed in your life? What should it change? When will you allow it to change you as it should?