Daily Devotions for Saturday: by Christina Farris
Luke 24:40-53 KJV
(40) And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.
(41) And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?
(42) And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.
(43) And he took it, and did eat before them.
(44) And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
(45) Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
(46) And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
(47) And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
(48) And ye are witnesses of these things.
(49) And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
(50) And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.
(51) And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.
(52) And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:
(53) And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.
One of perhaps the biggest question one could ask is if Jesus was raised from the dead why did He not just remain with us on earth. God’s grace is sufficient then why did Jesus triumph lead to Him taking his rightful seat by the Father? Christ showed the disciples who he was, by showing them the nailed scarred hands. Jesus had to go back to His position and role in heaven, it was not time for him to be King on all the earth. One day He would be king upon the whole earth, but first man had to give testimony and be willing to pay the price to testify about Him. God would send another comforter. He was not leaving us without power to see the sick healed, or the lame to walk, or the dead to rise. He was not leaving us empty handed without, but showing us by His power and authority through His name, the power of God has to change lives if they would only trust.
Man is more willing to listen to man tell about God then man is willing to listen to God themselves. If people were willing to listen to God there would be more silence in the world. Israel was afraid to hear God’s voice so God spoke through Moses. Baalam was not willing to listen to God so he used Baalam’s donkey to speak.. Job’s friends was willing to give advice but not willing to pray for Job. Job would intercede to God for his friends. When God’s people refused to hear, God sent a prophet. Nathan was sent to David, and Isaiah to Hezekiah.
As humanity goes it is often easier to watch a video, then to read a book, or pick up the phone instead of reading a letter. It is easy to get distracted by something else while on the phone, or reading a letter. If Jesus stayed man would not have to testify, they only need to draw a crowd. People would of come from miles to see Jesus. Yet the miracle of the Spirit of God he is able to be in more then one place at a time. Jesus in the incorruptible flesh could only be in one place. God by sending His Spirit to the believer would allow the uniting of the people who believed in Jesus to unite and carry the Gospel to many nations around the world. Yet God needs not man to testify, but He gives man opportunity to join His team and His workforce. To be a testimony to the world of who God, (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), truly is. Yes God can do it all by himself, but He likes company.
Jesus had to depart so the Holy Spirit could come and be apart and do a work of love that the world has never known. After all did we not kill the Holy Spirit Son Jesus, with our sins?
Dear Heavenly Father thank you for sharing your work with us, that we can be apart of your work. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Daily Bible Verses: John 15:15 KJV
(15) Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
Daily God’s Promises: Hebrews 6:17 KJV
(17) Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: