Well, the challenge has come to an end. I hope it was as refreshing for your heart as it was for mine. And, if you made it all the way through, congratulations! Be sure to leave your comments on what you learned today (Luke 22-24), as well as from this whole experience.
- Jesus does not see any conflict between the absolute sovereignty of God that determines things to take place and the human responsibility of people to do what is right (22:22).
- At the very end of his ministry, Jesus is still teaching his disciples that greatness in his kingdom is defined differently than the world. They, like us, seem to be slow learners (22:26). [This is also an encouragement in ministry that you need to say the same things over and over and it will take many people a long time to get it]
- Jesus has obvious love for his disciples (22:28-30, 32).
- Jesus’ death is a fulfillment of Scripture and prophecy (22:37).
- Jesus surrenders to his Father’s will (22:42).
- Even those who are strongest and closest to Jesus will still have times of profound failure (22:60-62).
- Jesus, the true King of Kings, is mocked as though he weren’t king at all. Ironic (23:11).
- Jesus was not guilty (23:22).
- Jesus is willing to forgive even those who are unjustly killing him (23:34).
- Grace is amazing, undeserved, and available to even the most surprising people (23:39-43).
- Jesus saw the whole of Scripture pointing to himself (24:27) [Wouldn’t you love to have a recording of that conversation?!?!]
- Jesus rose with a real, tangible, able-to-eat-fish, physical body (24:39-43).
- Jesus sends his people out with a message: “repentance and forgiveness of sins” (24:47).
How would I be different if this truth were explosively alive in my innermost being?
- I would be thankful, humble, and eager to follow the Savior into any path of suffering or difficulty for the sake of others. His grace is awesome, in every conceivable way. I would also be assured of our victory in Jesus and bold to live out of the strength and power he supplies.