THE EARLY CHRISTIANS WOULD GREET EACH OTHER LIKE THIS:
THAT CHRIST HAD COME IN THE FLESH (THE INCARNATION)
AND RISEN IN THE FLESH,
FOR SOON THE SPIRIT OF FALSEHOOD
WOULD ARISE FROM THE FATHER OF LIES
THAT JESUS WAS NOT DIVINE, BUT JUST A MAN LIKE US;
THAT HE WAS NOT GOD IN THE FLESH,
AND THAT HE HAD NOT RISEN IN THE FLESH.
BUT THE WORD BECOME FLESH (JESUS)
MADE IT ABUNDANTLY CLEAR,
WITH HIS MANY APPEARANCES AFTER THE RESURRECTION,
TO MANY DIFFERENT INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS,
ALLOWING THEM TO SEE, HEAR, AND TOUCH HIM.
HE HAD RISEN IN THE FLESH INDEED.
“TOUCH ME AND SEE” HE SAID,
“FOR A SPIRIT HAS NOT FLESH AND BONES AS YOU SEE THAT I HAVE.”
TIM KELLER EXPLAINS THAT ALL THE WORLD RELIGIONS HAD A FOUNDER WHO HAD A PRIVATE REVELATION, BUT NOT CHRISTIANITY. JESUS APPEARED PUBLICLY, REVEALED HIMSELF PUBLICLY, TO MANY EYE WITNESSES WHO COULD TESTIFY TO THE TRUTH.
I HAVE LOVED HOW 1 JOHN BEGINS:
That which was from the beginning,
which we have heard,
which we have seen with our eyes,
which we have looked upon and our hands have touched…
Likewise 1 Peter 2:16-17 (TLB) says:
For we have not been telling you fairy tales when we explained to you the power of our Lord Jesus Christ and his coming again.
My own eyes have seen his splendor and his glory…
I, like so many of you, have people I love who do not believe Jesus has come in the flesh. And now, at least in the western world, we are living in a “post-Christian” culture where true believers are increasingly hated. As hatred and persecution rises, will we remain with the truth?
If we do, despite losses we will experience, it is a powerful testimony.
It is also vital to showing our faith is genuine.
John says: “He who denies the Son does not have the Father.”
So many today say they believe in God, yet they balk at the One who said “I am the way, the truth, and the life, No one comes to the Father but by me.”
The Mormons, the Jehovah Witnesses, the Unitarians all balk that Jesus is fully God. And many mainline denominations are also losing their grasp on the truth.
Only the Spirit of truth can open the eyes of the blind,
as He did for those after the resurrection.
SO FOR THIS WE MUST PRAY:
LORD, OPEN OUR EYES THAT WE MAY SEE, THAT WE MAY REMAIN TRUE.
AND LORD OPEN THE EYES OF ________________THAT HE (OR SHE) MAY SEE.
THIS GLORIOUS WEEK WE WILL LOOK AT LUKE 24,
PARTICULARLY CONCENTRATING ON THE CLOSE,
AND THEN HEAR A WONDERFUL FREE SERMON BY KELLER ON THE SAME. THIS IS THE OLD OLD STORY THAT IS EVER NEW.
RESURRECTION SUNDAY, 2017!
1. What stood out to you from the above and why?
2. After you celebrate with your local body of believers, come and tell us one way, if it happened, that the Lord quickened you, as He did for those on the road to Emmaus.
MONDAY-WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY:
3. Read Luke 24:1-12
A. “Early dawn,” meant “as soon as it was light enough to see.” What does this tell you about the hearts of the women?
B. What promise of Jesus were the women reminded of in Luke 24:6-7?
C. The “third day” was associated with redemption to the Israelites. Abraham saw the lamb on the third day. Jonah was delivered from the belly of the fish on the third day. See if you can find another example.
D. The word “idle tales” in verse 11 was a medical term Luke the physician used meaning “the delirious talk of the very ill.” What does this tell you?
E. What stands out to you from this passage and why?
2. Read Luke 24:13-35 (I love this passage so much I’ve had us do it on many Easter weeks, so this year I just want you to share what stands out to you and why. (Make it good!)
4. Read Luke 24:38-43
A. The two on the road to Emmaus were just telling the other disciples what had happened when this next event begins. What happened in this passage?
B. What do you think the phrase “disbelieved for joy” means?
C. Why did he eat fish? Why is this important doctrinally?
5. Read Luke 24:44-49
A. What three parts of the Jewish Scriptures does Jesus mention in verse 44?
Darrell Bock explains that both Luke 24:27 and Luke 24:44 show that He was showing them that He and His Gospel were in all the Scriptures “from front to back.” The three types mentioned in verse 44 would represent all the historical books (Genesis through Esther), all the poetical books (Job through the Song of Songs) and all the prophetical books (Isiah through Malachi.)
B. Can you share just one example from the Old Testament where you see a foreshadowing of Jesus or
His gospel? (Try not to repeat what others have found!)
C. According to Luke 46-47, what three things did Jesus say would happen? What two had already happened?
D. What were they to do before the third part could be fulfilled, according to verse 49?
6. Read Luke 24:50-53 and describe what happened.
7. Do you see any fulfillment of Isaiah 53 in Luke 24? If so, explain.
THURSDAY-FRIDAY FREE KELLER SERMON
8. Share your comments and notes on the above.
9. What is your take-a-way and why?