The Invitation - Day 46

Luke 24:7

. . .that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.” 8 Then they remembered that he had said this.

These are the words that Jesus said to his disciples and those following him. He would be betrayed, crucified, and raised again on the third day; as the men spoke these words, the women immediately remembered them, and the whole thing must have started to make sense.

What an epiphany, or awakening, this must have been for these women to realize that everything Jesus had said must be accurate and that they were witnesses to the most fantastic thing that had ever happened in the world.

I wonder if any chastising of self went through their minds, remembering the words that Jesus had said and realizing they hadn’t taken them as seriously as they should have. Jesus was speaking literally, and they had missed it.

We overuse the word “literally.” I hear people say it in instances where it has no place or experience. People misuse it every single day, literally. . .
When Jesus said he would once come out of the tomb, they must have thought that those words, while nice, were probably not 100% going to happen in a literal fashion. When he did just that, they were caught off guard. However, they were willing to accept it because they had gotten used to seeing Jesus do impossible things.

From healing to turning water to wine to raising Lazarus from the tomb, they had been privileged to experience what it means to live near the one who can make all things possible.

Do we believe we are in the presence of one who can make everything possible?

  1. What do you need Jesus to make a miracle out of for you today? 
  2. What words of Jesus do you need to take more literally? 
  3. Are you willing to believe in the promises and ready to make changes that allow Jesus to work miracles in your life? 

By Pastor Timothy Gillespie

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