Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 22, 2019

“Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it.”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 24:44-53.  The next devotion, God willing, will be Sunday, April 28, 2019.  I am going on a vacation.  “…  He leads me beside quiet waters.”  Psalm 23:2.

“Now He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”  Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.  You are witnesses of these things.  And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them.  While He was blessing them, He parted from them and was carried up into heaven.  And they, after worshiping Him, returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising God.”   Luke 24:44-53.

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In today’s Scripture, we have Jesus’ last words to His disciples before His ascension.

Generally, we think about three things that Jesus would want to do as we would want to do in any last words to our loved ones.  Jesus stated what was most important.  Jesus summarized His teachings.  Jesus showed His love.

Specifically, we see Jesus doing three things.  Jesus pointed out the fulfillment of Scriptures.  Verses 44-48.  Jesus promised the Holy Spirit.  Verses 50-51.  Jesus parted with a blessing.  Verses 52-53.

In one summary, Jesus, God the Son, glorified God the Father by doing His part of accomplishing God’s sovereignty.  “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.”  John 17:4.

“9 “Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
11 Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man of My purpose from a far country.
Truly I have spoken;  truly I will bring it to pass.
I have planned it, surely I will do it.”  Isaiah 46:9-11.

“The LORD your God is in your midst,
A victorious warrior.
He will exult over you with joy,
He will be quiet in His love,
He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.”  Zephaniah 3:17.


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