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Day 5 – Resurrection Reality: Clothed and Commissioned

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Luke 24:36-49; Matthew 28:16-20 (NIV)

36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.

44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”

45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Reflection:

The resurrection did not end at the conquering of sin and death; it continued with a calling to follow Jesus and make disciples of all nations. What is more, Jesus calls but also promises the power to live out that calling - His Holy Spirit. We are now clothed in that power, lacking nothing and can boldly go love others.

Responding to the Word:

Let’s recommit to being Jesus’ disciples - spending our lives loving others and seeing others being transformed by the love and power of God. If we are facing fears or difficulty, let’s proclaim the truth that Jesus is with us and has called us and empowered us. Let’s also pray that those we are reaching out to will receive God’s empowering and calling in their lives to be His disciples - to become a new generation of leaders.

Day 4 – Resurrection Reality: Catch and Calling

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Day 3 – Resurrection Reality: Clarity and Christ

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Day 2 – Resurrection Reality: Concern and Commitment

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Day 1 – Resurrection Reality: Crucified and Conquered

Monday, April 1st, 2013