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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bible Study - Identity (1) - Life in CHRIST - Luke 9:18-26 - April 23, 2017

Bible Study – Identity (1) – Life in CHRIST – April 23, 2017

This is lesson one in our series entitled “Identity: My Life of Faith.”

Our focus scripture is Luke 9:18-26.

JESUS’ identity is foundational to who I am.

For the past seven weeks we have studied the very foundation of our faith in JESUS in our series entitled “Victory.” Our series concluded with the resurrection of JESUS but for all Christians that was the beginning of their journey with JESUS. The resurrection of JESUS was proof that JESUS had paid the sin debt in full and conquered eternal death. It is only through faith in JESUS that a person receives eternal life. It is truth, accept it! Satan tries to lead us to consider other ways to salvation and GOD but JESUS is the only way.

Our next six-week series will explore our role as Christians in the family of faith in JESUS. We will study various scripture passages from the New Testament.

Salvation is the beginning of our journey of faith in JESUS. The miracle of rebirth in our spirit by the Spirit of GOD produces a new creation not born of flesh and blood but born of the Spirit of GOD. Thus our human spirit, when empowered by GOD’S Spirit, through faith in JESUS, results in the rebirth of our human spirit to become Spirit.

Through the miracle of rebirth the person of faith in JESUS is born into the family of GOD and since he or she is conceived by GOD, he or she is HIS Son or Daughter. The born-again believer, through faith in JESUS, has forgiveness for his or her sins, has eternal life, citizenship in Heaven, assurance he or she is GOD’S Son or Daughter by the indwelling Holy Spirit.

The disciples of JESUS asked HIM to teach them how to pray. The Apostle recorded the model prayer in Matthew 6:9-10:

9 "Therefore, you should pray like this: Our Father in heaven, Your name be honored as holy.
10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

I want to focus on “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

As children of GOD and an integral part of HIS Family, we are to function as an obedient member of GOD’S Family. This sets the foundation for our study, “My Life of Faith.”

Most of us would like for GOD to toss magic dust over us and in an instant we are Spiritually mature and live a life of absolute obedience. GOD knows us too well. Even JESUS had to face the issues in life and we know HE was victorious.

Our salvation was instantaneous the moment we asked JESUS to forgive us and for HIM to come into our heart and life. From that instant, our life in CHRIST has been a building, growing process through sanctification or being made into the image of JESUS. Let’s explore!

Let’s read Luke 9:18-20:
Peter's Confession of the Messiah

18 While He was praying in private and His disciples were with Him, He asked them, "Who do the crowds say that I am?"

19 They answered, "John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, that one of the ancient prophets has come back."

20 "But you," He asked them, "who do you say that I am?" Peter answered, "God's Messiah!"

JESUS was praying and asked HIS disciples an important question, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” This led JESUS to the most important question each of us must consider, “who do you say that I AM?”

We get to read the response of JESUS’ disciples. Note Peter’s response.

Often, when we first become a Christian we have great zeal to obediently serve the LORD JESUS. We have formed certain opinions about JESUS and GOD and their role in our lives such as how will they use us to minister to others in the world.

Peter was no different. When we study the journey of Peter we discover that he had formed certain opinions regarding JESUS. We know that in Luke 9:28-36:

The Transfiguration
28 About eight days after these words, He took along Peter, John, and James, and went up on the mountain to pray.
29 As He was praying, the appearance of His face changed, and His clothes became dazzling white.
30 Suddenly, two men were talking with Him-Moses and Elijah.
31 They appeared in glory and were speaking of His death, which He was about to accomplish in Jerusalem.
32 Peter and those with him were in a deep sleep, and when they became fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men who were standing with Him.
33 As the two men were departing from Him, Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it's good for us to be here! Let us make three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah"-not knowing what he said.
34 While he was saying this, a cloud appeared and overshadowed them. They became afraid as they entered the cloud.
35 Then a voice came from the cloud, saying: This is My Son, the Chosen One; listen to Him!
36 After the voice had spoken, only Jesus was found. They kept silent, and in those days told no one what they had seen.

Peter had been exposed to special Spiritual insights regarding JESUS. Peter was willing to die for CHRIST. Yet, do you recall the words JESUS spoke to Peter in Luke 22:31-34:

Peter's Denial Predicted
31 "Simon, Simon, look out! Satan has asked to sift you like wheat.
32 But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And you, when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers."
33 "Lord," he told Him, "I'm ready to go with You both to prison and to death!"
34 "I tell you, Peter," He said, "the rooster will not crow today until you deny three times that you know Me!"

Yet, we know the rest of the life of Peter. He repented and went on to become a stalwart for JESUS. The resurrection of JESUS changed Peter’s life.

Let’s read Luke 9:21-22:
His Death and Resurrection Predicted

21 But He strictly warned and instructed them to tell this to no one,

22 saying, "The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, be killed, and be raised the third day."

We may know something intellectually without knowing it fully or understanding it completely. JESUS made it plain to HIS disciples what was going to take place but when we have our own notions about things, we forget. 

As you recall, JESUS had to put together the scriptures and the events during HIS life upon earth together for them in an effort to give HIS disciples understanding and comprehension.

The indwelling Holy Spirit was the Spiritual power that brought it all together for them at Pentecost. It is the indwelling Holy Spirit, Who brings it together for each of us as we seek the fullness of JESUS in our lives.

Christians often walk in life in a glass darkly then face to face, as we seek truth. Christians have to grow and mature Spiritually before they comprehend fully the intimate, loving relationship GOD desires for them through their faith in JESUS. False notions have to be dispelled and truth must be embraced, comprehended, understood and applied.

So how do we as Christians build the right relationship with GOD through faith in JESUS? Let’s read on ---

Let’s read Luke 9:23-26:
Take Up Your Cross

23 Then He said to [them] all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me.

There must be a moment of decision. Notice JESUS “said to all.” All people are called to become a Christian but each must accept the call of JESUS.

For a person to become a Christian he or she must accept JESUS as his or her Savior. They are born anew into GOD’S family. They receive the Holy Spirit as the guarantee and assurance that they are GOD’S children. It is when Christians put the truth of their relationship with GOD into practice, as led by the Holy Spirit, that GOD becomes relevant and real in their lives.

Keep in mind that we are not testing GOD but partnering with GOD when we desire to build the right relationship with HIM. It is only in the last year that I have begun to discover this in my life and still have a long ways to go but it is so rich to see GOD as my very best friend. We can tell HIM our darkest secrets and HE listens and forgives when we ask HIM. HE not only forgives, HE cleanses, restores and reminds us that we are under HIS Grace; therefore we are always HIS beloved Son or Daughter.

That is unfailing love, agape love, which loves without demanding anything in return.

Those who are serious about obediently serving the LORD JESUS are to:
-         Make a decision whether or not to follow JESUS.
-         Lay your ambitions on the altar and commit your life to follow JESUS. An interesting dynamic can, but not always, take place that GOD leads you to the desires of your heart but under HIS authority.
-         Take up your cross daily. The cross was an instrument of death. The condemned person carried the cross upon which he or she would be crucified. Christians are to, each day, willingly and without coercion, decide to follow JESUS. The Apostle Paul reminds Christians in Ephesians Chapter 6; they are in spiritual warfare and must suit up for battle each day with spiritual forces. Christians are to die to self and live in obedience to GOD as led by the Holy Spirit.
-         Follow HIM. JESUS was totally obedient to the will, plan and purpose of HIS Father, GOD. JESUS came to earth to live as a human for a specific purpose. That was to give HIS life to redeem all who will place their faith in HIM as their Savior from the penalty of sin, which is eternal death. That purpose was fulfilled. JESUS’ death upon the cross opened the way to GOD but the only way to GOD is through faith in JESUS. Do you remember the words of JESUS in John 14:6?

24 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it.

Many people want to do their own thing and live like they want to, which is what JESUS had in HIS mind. People are so afraid if they become a Christian they will not experience all that life upon earth has to offer. Satan’s desire is for us to live life according to our desires. Why? It is because Satan’s mission is to prevent all people from acknowledging JESUS as their Savior and GOD as their Father through faith in JESUS.

We think that earth is reality but all humans are moving toward reality and that is eternity – Heaven with GOD, through faith in JESUS or Hell that was created for Satan and his followers.  

Truth and reality is that GOD loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life upon earth and for eternity with HIM. Satan’s desire is for you to miss that loving, intimate relationship with GOD and for you to spend eternity being miserable and alienated from GOD outside of Heaven.

Have you ever been invited somewhere and refused to go because you thought it would be boring or had something else you wanted to do? Later you found out that it was the best event ever? Those who believe the lies of Satan and miss Heaven will be in for an eternal disappointment.

GOD is the GOD of reconciliation. All humans are separated from GOD by sin. GOD sent HIS only Son to earth to break the barrier of sin. The key to eternal life is for each person to accept what JESUS did for him or her and for him or her to be born into GOD’S family through the miracle of rebirth in our spirit.  

25 What is a man benefited if he gains the whole world, yet loses or forfeits himself?

JESUS makes a very valid point. Suppose you were the ruler of earth and all of earth belonged to you. Everything in earth was yours. WOW! What is missing? One day, you would die and leave it all behind and enter eternity. Would you enter Heaven or Hell? Your decision regarding JESUS makes the difference.

JESUS was saying this life upon earth is precious and intended to be lived but one day it will be over and then what? Eternity! Where will you spend eternity; With GOD in Heaven or Hell?

JESUS was saying choose wisely by following ME because the rewards are eternal.

26 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory and that of the Father and the holy angels.

Have you ever been ashamed? You are very uncomfortable to be associated with that which makes you ashamed. You avoid the subject or associating with the subject.

Some of the time we are ashamed of that which we do not understand. We place our confidence in a certain person and support that person in word, deed, resources and he or she does something that appears to violate the trust we have placed in him or her. We are hurt to the core and feel betrayed.

How many of JESUS’ followers were certain that JESUS would be the next physical ruler of Israel? Yet, when HE was treated so shamelessly by the Romans and even the Jewish leaders, they lost all faith in JESUS. After all, JESUS was crucified as a common criminal. It was very humiliating to be one of HIS followers. Yet, the greatest triumph was HIS resurrection from the dead. JESUS conquered both sin and eternal death for all who will place their faith in HIM!

JESUS made it clear that those who are ashamed of HIM, when truth is revealed, HE will be ashamed of them. Being ashamed of JESUS will block a person from being a follower of JESUS.

If you are ashamed of JESUS, let it be an alarm to you and confess it to HIM. Ask HIM to help you change your being ashamed of HIM to being a faithful, obedient follower of HIM.

27 I tell you the truth: there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God."

This statement of JESUS is just as true today as the day HE spoke it. Some reading this will experience seeing the Kingdom of GOD before they die. My prayer is that all will accept JESUS as their Savior and make HIM the LORD of their lives and obediently serve HIM. Happy Resurrection! Blessings!!!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Bible Study - Special Easter Lesson - HE is Risen - Luke 24:1-6, 36-40 - April 16, 2017

Bible Study – Special Easter Lesson – HE is Risen! – April 16, 2017

This is a special Easter Lesson.

Our focus scripture is Luke 24:1-6, 36-40.

The resurrection of JESUS is a fact you can build your life on.

It is a fact that when a person places his or her faith in JESUS, GOD confirms that fact and guarantees it by the indwelling Holy Spirit that he or she is GOD’S Son or Daughter through the miracle of rebirth in his or her Spirit.

Let’s read Luke 24:1-6a:

Resurrection Morning

1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came to the tomb, bringing the spices they had prepared.

JESUS was buried on Friday before sundown, 6 PM. Then there was Saturday, the second day and then Sunday, the third day. Any portion of a day was considered “a day,” thus JESUS was raised from the dead on the third day. Of course, the Jewish Sabbath was on Saturday and the seventh day of the week. 

Thus, the first day of the week was Sunday, which is the day Christians worship the LORD JESUS.

Let’s drop back to consider what Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, Jewish religious leaders and secret followers of JESUS, had done to help slow down the decay process until Sunday when the body of JESUS could be properly prepared for preservation.

In John 19:38-42:

Jesus' Burial

38 After this (after the Romans were sure that JESUS was dead), Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus-but secretly because of his fear of the Jews-asked Pilate that he might remove Jesus' body. Pilate gave him permission, so he came and took His body away.

39 Nicodemus (who had previously come to Him at night – John Chapter 3) also came, bringing a mixture of about 75 pounds = 12 ounces of myrrh and aloes. [Other translations range from 75-100 pounds and just refer to a mixture of myrrh and aloes.]

40 Then they took Jesus' body and wrapped it in linen cloths with the aromatic spices, according to the burial custom of the Jews.

41 There was a garden in the place where He was crucified. A new tomb was in the garden; no one had yet been placed in it.

42 They placed Jesus there because of the Jewish preparation and since the tomb was nearby.

Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus had put 75 pounds of embalming material on the bloody body of JESUS and quickly placed a linen cloth around HIM.  Typically a linen napkin was placed over the deceased face in addition to the linen cloth. Scientists are still trying to link the Shroud of Turin to the linens used to wrap the body of JESUS.

The ladies likely thought the men would not be as detailed as they would, so the ladies planned to prepare their own mixture of spices and complete the burial process out of love and respect for JESUS. GOD knew exactly what they would do. It is so neat that women discovered the empty tomb.
In that day women were considered just slightly above the status of cattle, except in the eyes of JESUS. The first to discover the empty tomb and the resurrection of JESUS were women. The Bible reveals truth.

In Luke 23 we learn - 55 The women who had come with Him (JESUS) from Galilee followed along and observed the tomb and how His body was placed.

56 Then they returned and prepared spices and perfumes. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.

Now, we need to explore who “they” were.

Mark gives us a more detailed list of the women who visited the tomb in Mark 16:1-8:
1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so they could go and anoint Him.

Luke added “Joanna” the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household. 

Matthew identified “Salome” as the “mother of Zebedee’s children.” Mary the mother of James also identified as the wife of Cleopas or Alphaeus, also who was the sister of Mary the mother of JESUS, also referred to as the other Mary. 
[Cleopas was one of the men who JESUS walked with on the way to Emmaus after HIS resurrection.]

2 Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they went to the tomb at sunrise.

3 They were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone from the entrance to the tomb for us?"

4 Looking up, they observed that the stone-which was very large-had been rolled away.

5 When they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; they were amazed and alarmed.

6 "Don't be alarmed," he told them. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has been resurrected! He is not here! See the place where they put Him.

7 But go, tell His disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will see Him there just as He told you.' "

I think it is so special “go tell --- and Peter.” JESUS reaches out to all of us who have been sifted by Satan. JESUS understands and when we repent, HE forgives and restores.

8 So they went out and started running from the tomb, because trembling and astonishment overwhelmed them. And they said nothing to anyone, since they were afraid.

[Appearances of the Risen LordMark 16, Verses, 9-13, are not in the earliest manuscripts. Therefore, I stopped with verse 8. ]

Back to our focus scripture - Luke 24:2-6a:

We know from the Mark 16 scripture that the ladies were concerned how they were going to roll the stone away from the entrance to the tomb of JESUS. Guess what? Let's read on ----

2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb.

3 They went in but did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

4 While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men stood by them in dazzling clothes.

These two men were angels. Angels are messengers of GOD. It is interesting that angels announced the birth of JESUS and they announced HIS resurrection!

It is also interesting, when we are perplexed regarding spiritual matters, GOD responds. Seek HIM and the fullness of HIM in your life.

5 So the women were terrified and bowed down to the ground. "Why are you looking for the living among the dead?" asked the men.

6 a. "He is not here, but He has been resurrected!

WOW! Surprise! Surprise! But what had they missed? The angels were perplexed that they did not recall what JESUS had taught regarding HIS resurrection.

As the old saying goes, hind-sight is 20/20. Many of us need to have the facts put together for us and the Holy Spirit can do that. That is why we study GOD’S Word and talk to HIM in prayer but just as important we must listen and put into action what HE reveals to us. The key is that it is put together for us as we build upon what we know. It is like growing as a child; learning to know GOD through faith in JESUS is on an ever ascending scale as Christians build their relationship on the solid foundation of truth.

Matthew 7:7-11:
7 "Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you.
8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 What man among you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?
10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?
11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

GOD is eager to have a loving intimate relationship with you. Trust HIM!
Ask, seek and we will find, knock and it will be opened. No question is too hard for GOD. Ask HIM and look for HIS response. It is awesome!

The disciples thought JESUS was going to be an earthly King. Making up our minds based upon faulty notions leads to faulty conclusions. Do you remember the scripture we had a few weeks ago – GOD hides some things until they accomplish HIS plan and purpose as recorded in 1 Corinthians 2:8:

8 None of the rulers of this age knew it, for if they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

Let’s read Luke 24:6b-8: (The angel continues to speak.)

6 b. Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee,

7 saying, 'The Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men, be crucified, and rise on the third day'?"

8 And they remembered His words.
The angels reminded the ladies what JESUS had told them. They remembered HIS words. What do we often say? “Oh, yea, now I remember.”
Now, let’s fast forward to JESUS revealing Himself to HIS disciples.

Let’s read Luke 24:36-40:

The Reality of the Risen Jesus

36 And as they were saying these things, He Himself stood among them. He said to them, "Peace to you!"

We can only imagine this event. The disciples were discussing the recent events regarding the sightings of JESUS. How were they to understand them? All of a sudden JESUS appeared in the room with them. I think that would shock and stun most of us and the disciples were not different as we continue to read ---

37 But they were startled and terrified and thought they were seeing a ghost.

38 "Why are you troubled?" He asked them. "And why do doubts arise in your hearts?

JESUS quickly puts their minds at ease. It is vital that those you wish to teach calm down, listen and hopefully understand what you are saying.

In essence, JESUS was saying “didn’t you guys hear anything I taught you? Let’s review.”

39 Look at My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself! Touch Me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have."
JESUS, in essence, said, “I am not a ghost because ghosts do not have flesh and bones. Touch ME to prove to yourself that I am real. Notice JESUS did not mention “blood.” Why do you think he omitted a reference to blood? Could it be that human life is in the blood whereas the life for our Glorified bodies is in the Spirit, which is eternal?  

40 Having said this, He showed them His hands and feet.

JESUS wanted them to know what HIS and their Glorified body was capable of doing. Our Glorified body will be totally at our command. It will be capable of being incognito, walk through solid structures or choose to open the door, eat, transport from one place to another. How do I know that? Examine the scripture and what JESUS was capable of doing after HIS resurrection.

Why doesn’t every Christian get his or her Glorified body the instant he or she exits his or her earth suit?

I think we know. Would it be a temptation for the departed to return to earth after their transfer to Heaven? If we be-bopped between earth and Heaven, what would those remaining upon earth want to do?  That is correct. Those still remaining upon earth would want their Glorified body and do all these neat things.

That is NOT GOD’S plan for life upon earth. Those who know the truth are to share truth with those with whom they come into contact. Share the light you have with others and live such that your life will be savory to draw others to your life in JESUS. JESUS said Christians are the salt of the earth. Salt makes us thirsty and we seek water. May our lives lead others to the living water that only faith in JESUS can provide. The living water is the only water that can satisfy and quench our Spiritual thirst.

Christians serve a risen Savior. Because JESUS lives, our faith in HIM guarantees our resurrection and eternal life through faith in JESUS. There is no better time to place your faith in JESUS than this Easter. HE died just for you and issues a call to you to accept HIM as your Savior and make HIM the LORD of your life. Make Easter truly a HAPPY EASTER by experiencing the miracle of rebirth in your spirit! Blessings!!!  

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Bible Study - Victory (6) - Victory Shared - Luke 24:44-49 - April 9, 2017

Bible Study – Victory (6) – Victory Shared – April 9, 2017

This is the sixth and final lesson in our series entitled “Victory.”

Our focus scripture is Luke 24:44-49.

The victory we have in JESUS is too big to keep to ourselves.

This series of study has led us to explore several exciting absolutes regarding JESUS and the relationship of those who have placed their faith in JESUS as their Savior. It boggles my mind that GOD so loved us that HE went to the extent HE did to redeem those who will place their faith in HIS Only SON, JESUS from eternal death. This finite world is not the permanent home of humans but a place, designed by GOD, to lead us to HIM. All we have to do is to look around and behold HIS handiwork. GOD made earth and the universe such that we, as humans, would know that where we live did not come about by random probability but by divine design.

If you are interested in the unique design of earth and its exact placement in the universe I suggest that you read a book authored by Dr. Hugh Ross, “Improbable Planet.” Dr. Ross is a Christian and founded “Reasons to Believe” and their web address is His book can be ordered through their web address plus give you access to other interesting facts.
We see the magnificence of GOD’S handiwork as we behold the world in which we live. Yet, the Bible reveals in 1 Corinthians 2:9:

9 But as it is written: What no eye has seen and no ear has heard, and what has never come into a man's heart, is what God has prepared for those who love Him.

Being a human upon earth, earth and the universe reveal GOD. For the Christian, earth foreshadows the very best yet to come. First, all humans are miracles. Just consider the odds of you being born as a human are staggering. Yet, here we are. Where were you before you were born? Ephesians 1:4 gives us a clue:

4 for He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love

Before we are born all humans are in the mind of GOD. At just the right time, we are born. We are born with the right to choose. GOD’S desire is for all humans to choose HIM through faith in JESUS.

Second, GOD’S plan unfolded over thousands of years as reflected in the scriptures. Let’s explore!

The setting for our scripture was:
-         JESUS had been crucified, buried and on the third day resurrected from the dead.
-         This was the beginning of the post-resurrection 40 days when JESUS walked upon earth before HIS ascension into Heaven to take HIS seat at the right-hand of HIS Father, GOD.
-         The empty tomb had been discovered, JESUS had revealed Himself to Mary Magdalene and Peter (1 Corinthians 15:5). JESUS walked incognito with two men on the road to Emmaus. They invited JESUS to come to their home and when HE broke the bread their eyes were opened and HE vanished. The two men’s eyes were opened and they knew they had been in the presence of JESUS. The two men returned to Jerusalem to report their meeting with JESUS and guess who showed up, JESUS.
-         This brings us to our scripture.

Let’s read Luke 24:25-43: Introductory

Let’s first consider the conversation JESUS had with the two men en-route to Emmaus in Luke 24:25-43:

25 He said to them, "How unwise and slow you are to believe in your hearts all that the prophets have spoken!

26 Didn't the Messiah have to suffer these things and enter into His glory?"

27 Then beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted for them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.

28 They came near the village where they were going, and He gave the impression that He was going farther.

29 But they urged Him: "Stay with us, because it's almost evening, and now the day is almost over." So He went in to stay with them.

30 It was as He reclined at the table with them that He took the bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.

31 Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him, but He disappeared from their sight.

When we study JESUS’ Glorified body it gives us a clue what the Glorified body is capable of doing e.g. incognito, instant travel, capable of eating, going through solid structures, opening a door, having substance, the Glorified body is totally at our command and the list goes on.

So why don’t we get our Glorified body the instant we die physically? What would be our greatest temptation?

32 So they said to each other, "Weren't our hearts ablaze within us while He was talking with us on the road and explaining the Scriptures to us?"

33 That very hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem. They found the Eleven and those with them gathered together,

34 who said, "The Lord has certainly been raised, and has appeared to Simon!"

35 Then they began to describe what had happened on the road and how He was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

The Reality of the Risen Jesus

36 And as they were saying these things, He Himself stood among them. He said to them, "Peace to you!"

37 But they were startled and terrified and thought they were seeing a ghost.

38 "Why are you troubled?" He asked them. "And why do doubts arise in your hearts?

39 Look at My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself! Touch Me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have."

No mention of blood. Human life is in the blood. So who powers our Glorified Life?

40 Having said this, He showed them His hands and feet.

41 But while they still could not believe because of [their] joy and were amazed, He asked them, "Do you have anything here to eat?"

42 So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish,

43 and He took it and ate in their presence.

Keep in mind that JESUS had HIS Glorified body which represents the body all Christians will have after the second coming of JESUS to earth.

Let’s read Luke 24:44-45:

44 Then He told them, "These are My words that I spoke to you while I was still with you-that everything written about Me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled."

The disciples of JESUS had walked with HIM and witnessed the fulfillment of the scriptures in the life of JESUS. Now, after the facts just outlined, JESUS was putting the pieces together for HIS disciples. HE brought them back to the basics – “Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled."

Of all people, the Jewish religious leaders should have known everything prophesied regarding the coming Messiah and used this information to verify the true Messiah. They knew the scriptures but as the old saying goes, “they could not see the forest for the trees.” The Jews wanted a political messiah who would deliver them from Roman rule. Which is better to have temporary relief from the rule of man for a few people or the permanent victory over sin and eternal death for all who will place their faith in the true promised Messiah, JESUS?

We can and do study these scriptures today. The Bible is the same as it was when it was originally written.

45 Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.

So what scriptures did JESUS use when HE opened the minds of HIS disciples; The Old Testament. The New Testament was to be written.

We can study these same scriptures today and confirm that JESUS met all the criteria for the promised Messiah. Plus all who place their faith in JESUS have the confirming assurance of the indwelling Holy Spirit. JESUS still opens our minds to HIS teaching when we study.

Let’s read Luke 24:46-47:

46 He also said to them, "This is what is written: the Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead the third day,

47 and repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

There are multitudes of scripture that reveal JESUS such as:
-         Genesis 3:15 – 15 I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.
-         Numbers 21:9 – 9 So Moses made a bronze snake and mounted it on a pole. Whenever someone was bitten, and he looked at the bronze snake, he recovered.
-         Deuteronomy 18:15 – 15 "The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him.
-         Isaiah 7:14 – 14 Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive, have a son, and name him Immanuel.
-         Isaiah 9:6 – 6 For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on His shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
-         Ezekiel 34:23 - 23 I will appoint over them a single shepherd, My servant David, and he will shepherd them. He will tend them himself and will be their shepherd.

Why beginning at Jerusalem? Ground zero is where we live. Our family, friends, neighbors and those with whom we come into contact have needs – salvation, instruction, encouragement and the list goes on. Those of us who know the truth must be ready and available to share the truth of JESUS. As we obediently serve our LORD where we are, HE may lead us to expand our field of service. Life is the training ground to build the right relationship with GOD through faith in JESUS. If we cannot comprehend and understand JESUS, then how can we understand and comprehend GOD?

Let’s read Luke 24:48-49:

48 You are witnesses of these things.

JESUS reminded that HIS disciples had witnessed the unfolding of prophesy regarding the promised Messiah as they walked with HIM. Now, they were experiencing the proof that HE is the promised Messiah. JESUS gave HIS life as the sacrificial, sinless lamb to pay in full for the sin of mankind. JESUS broke the sin barrier and opened the path between mankind and GOD for all who will place their faith in JESUS. HIS passion opened the opportunity for mankind to receive salvation from the bondage of sin and its consequence, eternal death. It takes faith and action to turn opportunity into salvation.

What was the proof that JESUS conquered sin and eternal death? It is HIS bodily resurrection. JESUS was resurrected in HIS Glorified body to reveal the truth and proof of the Glorified body all Christians will receive when JESUS raptures all Christians from earth at HIS second coming.

Why don’t we get our Glorified body at the instant we accept CHRIST as our Savior? Why would a person want to become a Christian? Would he or she be broken hearted for his or her sin or would he or she desire a Glorified body? 

Knowing human nature, you know the answer.

All of us must come to JESUS with a broken heart and seek redemption from the consequence of sin, which is eternal death.

Have you made this decision in your life? If not, why not? The decision is yours to make. No one else can make it for you. It is a personal decision and JESUS gave HIS life just for you. If you had been the only person to ever live upon earth, JESUS would have given HIS life just for you. That makes it personal. HE loves you that much. Please, do not reject that love. You are precious to HIM.

Those who have placed their faith in JESUS are witnesses to HIS saving grace and we must share it as our LORD gives us opportunity. Redemption from sin and receiving eternal life through faith in JESUS is truly Good News! Why 
hide it? JESUS continued ---

49 And look, I am sending you what My Father promised. As for you, stay in the city until you are empowered from on high."

The Holy Spirit could not come to earth and indwell the human body until all had been fulfilled by JESUS. JESUS ascended into Heaven and at the right moment JESUS sent the Holy Spirit to indwell all who place their faith in HIM. Notice “I AM” sending. The “I” is emphatic and means that JESUS alone through Whom the promise of the Father would come to pass. There would be an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, Who would confirm the new covenant, empower, enlighten and guarantee that faith in JESUS is truth. WOW!

The shed blood of JESUS prepared and sanctified the human body to be indwelled by the Holy Spirit. In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20:

19 Do you not know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,

20 for you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body.

What was the price JESUS had to pay for your redemption from sin and eternal death? HIS sinless life! HIS victory is victory for all who place their faith in 
JESUS. Live the victorious life when you accept JESUS as your Savior. 

Through the miracle of rebirth into GOD’S family through faith in JESUS you are GOD’S Son or Daughter with all the rights and privileges. Live like it. Not as a spoiled brat but as a child of the King!

The victory has been won by JESUS live victoriously.