On: September 10, 2015 | By: SWLadmin | Under: Blog | Comments: Comments are off
Jesus 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.” Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. 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.” Luke 24:44-49
There’s a well known dictum that, adapted, goes like this – if we’re: all Word, we slow up; all Spirit, we blow up; Word and Spirit, we grow up
Here, Jesus opens the minds of the disciples to the prophecies in Scripture that predicted His death and resurrection, and how these events would lead to the forgiveness of sin for everyone who would repent. Having been witnesses of their fulfilment, the disciples would be equipped with power (just 40 days later, at Pentecost), and sent out to share this life changing news.
Without the knowledge (Word), they would have had nothing to share. Without the power (Spirit), the message would not have cut the mustard. Word and Spirit together and, bingo, the gospel would spread like wildfire. Read the Acts of the Apostles!
It’s the same today. Will we get our message straight for a 21st Century audience? Will we allow the power to flow?
Father God, reveal to Your people afresh, the glory of the gospel of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Release, in this day, the power of the Holy Spirit, that the good news might transform the lives of those who hear it. Amen.