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Devotion for 13 April - Give us understanding

Kia ora Cambridge Baptist and friends, 

I trust you and your loved one’s had a blessed Easter and that during the lock down you felt the risen Lord in your midst.   

As we move from Easter and think about how we should live in light of the resurrection, I would like to encourage you over the next few weeks to do three specific things, so when this lock down ends you will be ready to hit the ground running for Jesus.  But before I tell you what those three things are, let me read Luck chapter 24:45-48 so you can see why I think these three things are so important.

Luke 24: 45-48

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.”

The first thing I would like you to do is pray for a greater understanding of the Scriptures, but particularly how the whole Bible points to Jesus.  It seems hard to believe that after three years of sitting under the tutorship of Jesus himself, the disciples still struggled to understand how Jesus’ life, death burial and resurrection was foretold and spoken of in the Scriptures.  Obviously, they struggled to get the idea of the Messiah being a conquering earthly king who would restore Israel to worldly prominence out of their minds and hearts.  But the resurrected Lord doesn’t scold them for their inability to understand, but in his grace he opens their minds to the fact that the Jesus they had lived with was the true Messiah and the Son of God spoken about in the Scriptures.  Today we can ask God through the Holy Spirit to give us the same understanding, to strengthen our belief in who the Messiah is, and to make sure we are seeing and worshiping the real Jesus spoken of in the Scriptures and not a worldly construct or one of our own making.

Two, I would like you to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any sin in your life that needs to be confronted and confessed and turned away from.  In telling the disciples that they would soon go out to preach repentance of sins in his name to all the nations, Jesus reminds us he did not just go to the cross so we would simply believe he is the Messiah, but that we would actively become like him by confronting and turning away from the sin in our lives. Galatians 5:24 makes this very clear when it says those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  

Finally, this lock down presents an ideal time to brush up on our personal testimonies of what Christ has done in our lives.  While we may not have physically seen the risen Christ with our own eyes like the disciples, he has done amazing things for us and we all need share these stories with others.  And the amazing thing is the same power that Jesus said the disciples would soon receive is available to us now.  Let’s use this time to prepare for the harvest that awaits.

Prayer

Heavenly Father please continue to open our eyes to who your Son is.  Give us an ever deepening and greater understanding of your Word.  Through your Spirit show us those areas in our life that are not of you and equip us with the tools to testify of your amazing work.

Amen.



 

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