It has been a day or two since Jesus rose from the dead that very first Easter morning. He appears to a larger group of disciples, shows them His wounds, and walks them all through the scriptures:
Now He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” (Luke 24:44 NASB)
But the thing that intrigues me this morning is how He has gone to the ultimate extreme to fulfill the scriptures, but look at the second half – the Why – in this next couple lines.
Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and rise again from the dead the third day; and that repentance for forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:45-47 NASB)
In this telling, the reason He suffered all that torture, the cruelty of the Jews at the hands of the Romans, and the rejection of God Himself, was so that repentance and forgiveness of sins could be proclaimed to every nation!
The time has come, my friends, for us to fulfill our part of the bargain.
As I understand it, Jesus’ life fulfills over 300 specific prophecies.
Now it is your turn.
Jesus declares that “repentance for forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.”
Interesting – the message is one of the love of God for His creation, but the message He expects us to preach (proclaim) is not “Jesus Loves You” (and He does love you!) rather, If you will repent, there is forgiveness of sins. [Tweet This]
And that is what’s next – it is our turn to preach – proclaim – repentance and forgiveness of sins.
He did His part, and He will never leave you for forsake you as you do yours. In fact, He will give you the very Spirit that raised Him from the dead to get it done.
Sounds like a grand adventure to me. Let’s get about the Father’s business today.
See you again soon.