Christ is risen. What great hope there is in these words, and yet how slow we are to truly believe them. Thankfully, Jesus is a gracious Savior coming to His people with a word of comfort. That is what we see in the latter portions of Luke 24.
As the disciples who have struggled to believe the Word of Christ regarding His death and resurrection now see Him face to face, Jesus asks, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your hearts?” (Luke 24:38). He tells them, “See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.” (Luke 24:39) Jesus has appeared to them in the flesh. We see in this passage a true bodily resurrection, and this means that we have the hope of future bodily resurrection as well.
But we also see that Christ had been teaching about His death and resurrection throughout His earthly ministry, and He was building on what was already taught by Moses and the Prophets. The Old Testament has borne witness to Jesus, and Jesus Himself has testified of His Person and work. Jesus says, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:47) Have you trusted in His Word? We ought not to be only red-letter Christians but whole Bible Christians, as Christ is ultimately the Author of all of Scripture, and the whole of Scripture testifies of Him.
At the conclusion of the Gospel of Luke, Christ ascends into glory, but the Holy Spirit is the One who is promised. Even now He is with His people as Christ intercedes on their behalf. Consider joining us for worship this Lord’s Day as we consider the Risen and Ascended Savior. We meet at 5 PM at The Commons at St. Andrews Church in Little Rock. For directions, click here or contact us for more information. You can also watch on FacebookLive@RiverCityARP or on YouTube.