April 19th

Scripture - Luke 24

Observation - Disappointment and confusion seemed to have moved into the lives of Jesus’ followers . In this chapter we meet of those followers as they travelled down the road. They had hoped the true Messiah had come, but their religious leaders had handed him over to be crucified. Like everyone else, they thought Jesus had come to redeem Israel politically and establish a physical kingdom that would overthrow the Roman rule and set them free. Instead, Jesus came and did so much more than that! He established a kingdom that he still rules over today and he removed sin’s stronghold so that people could become citizens of God’s spiritual kingdom. He still redeems in a way today that leaves us in constant awe of him.

Application - Our Savior is risen! As a follower of Christ this is the constant that we know and grow with on a daily basis. We know that this walk takes sacrifice, that most days seems so hard. Do you know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior? If not, this weekend is a perfect opportunity for you to jump all in with Him. This chapter finds a number of Christ followers hopeless too. Invite God to display HOPE to you as you continue to navigate this life that often looks different than we expected.

Prayer - Lord Jesus, I ask you to forgive me of my sins. I ask you to come into my life and cleanse my heart and spirit. Make me a whole and new person in you Jesus. I ask that you surround me of your love and always let me know of your goodness, love, peace, joy, and patience. In Your name I pray, Amen.