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Read Luke 24:36-48


Thursday

Read Luke 24:36-48

36 While the two were telling them this, suddenly the Lord himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”[a]

37 They were terrified, thinking that they were seeing a ghost. 38 But he said to them, “Why are you alarmed? Why are these doubts coming up in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet, and see that it is I myself. Feel me, and you will know, for a ghost doesn't have flesh and bones, as you can see I have.”

40 He said this and showed them his hands and his feet.[b] 41 They still could not believe, they were so full of joy and wonder; so he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of cooked fish, 43 which he took and ate in their presence.

44 Then he said to them, “These are the very things I told you about while I was still with you: everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the writings of the prophets, and the Psalms had to come true.”

45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “This is what is written: the Messiah must suffer and must rise from death three days later, 47 and in his name the message about repentance and the forgiveness of sins must be preached to all nations, beginning in Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things.

Footnotes:
Luke 24:36 Some manuscripts do not have and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
Luke 24:40 Some manuscripts do not have verse 40.
Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Think

"Why are you alarmed? Why are these doubts coming up in your minds?" (Verse 37).  It is hard to imagine all the things the disciples were doubting at the time.  Was the plan for the Kingdom of God as Jesus had preached true?  Was it true that God loved and forgave sinners like them and called them his friends?  If Jesus died and never rose again, they would never know.  But as Jesus stands with them, wounded and raised.  They can know.

Pray

Lord, why am I alarmed?  What are these doubts coming up in my mind?

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