Thanks to Dave for this weeks’s notes.
The passage for today can be found here.
Jesus is compassionate: The amount of doubt which the disciples have seems so silly to us. We’ve got a condensed 24 chapter version of Jesus’ ministry which literally leads off by telling us that he’s the Messiah and son of God. Maybe Jesus felt the same way, after all he had told them specifically that he was going to die and rise again. But he doesn’t give up on them – no, he knows they’re afraid and appears to them in person to give them confidence. Do we know Jesus as a compassionate friend?
Jesus teaches: Once again, as on the road to Emmaus, Jesus opens the scriptures to these disciples and teaches them directly. It was the scriptures, not the sight of him, that made them able to recognise who he was and why he had needed to die. Are we willing to devote ourselves to the scriptures and opening our eyes to who Jesus was?
Jesus delegates: For the vast majority of Jesus’ ministry the apostles have followed him around listening to his teaching and only occasionally getting involved in a practical way. They’ve very much been in student mode, and I definitely don’t get the impression that they’ve spent much time in the limelight themselves. Since his death they have been afraid and unsure of what to do, doubting that Jesus could rise from the dead (and therefore doubting that he is the son of God). Now here, he brings one of his final messages to them flipping the direction upside down – they’re not going to get to watch as he ushers in his kingdom, rather they’re going to be the missionaries who speak out about Jesus’ death. Are we willing to open our lives and allow Jesus to delegate work to us? One thing’s for sure, he has work set out for each of us whatever our position or opinion of our own worth!
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”” (Isaiah 6:8)