Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 05-18-23

Intro: Have you ever noticed that your mind can wander when you are reading something even if it is important? You can find yourself turning the pages, but you cannot remember the details of what you have read, because your mind was focused elsewhere. This is important to remember as we read and seek to comprehend the Word of God. We must stay focused on the Spirit’s work of making us in Christ’s image. “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right” (2 Tim 3:16). We need to approach the Word of God with prayer and expectation, because transformation will always be Christ’s goal for us.

In our passage today, even though the disciples had studied the Torah and the sacred writings, they did not truly comprehended the prophesied work of Messiah. The prophets wrote about his suffering for the forgiveness of sins in order to offer believers reconciliation with the Father, but when he chose to ascend back to heaven it baffled them. So, Jesus opens the disciple’s minds to receive the truth, promises to send the Holy Spirit to give them power, and then commissions them to go and preach that truth in his name.

As believers, if we are going to proclaim Christ’s message in his name, we must stay focused on Christ and how he wants to lead our lives. We are called to live the gospel message by honoring Christ as the Way, the Truth, and the Life. In this way, we become witnesses to the transformation Jesus alone can bring our lives. He is transforming you in his holiness, so stay the course and look for the blessings to follow.

Luke 24:44-53 NLT 44 Then he said, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. 46 And he said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. 47 It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations [all peoples], beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’ 48 You are witnesses of all these things.

49 “And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”

The Ascension
50 Then Jesus led them to Bethany, and lifting his hands to heaven, he blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up to heaven. 52 So they worshiped him and then returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy. 53 And they spent all of their time in the Temple, praising God.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for opening our minds so we can comprehend your will and plan for our lives. Thank you for sending the Holy Spirit who bears witness to the Truth when we read or hear the Word. Please bring righteous transformation and growth to our lives; we are dependent upon you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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