The last chapter of Luke gives a clear account of the fantastic miracle of the resurrection. After Jesus' crucifixion his disciples were afraid of the Jews. While they continued to meet, they did so in secret. Suddenly, Jesus came to them.
C.S. Lewis, a famous writer and Christian, wrote:
A. The Resurrection
Read Luke 24:1-53
News began to reach them that Jesus was alive again. The disciples' reaction shows that they did not expect this. They thought the story was nonsense (v.11). The two on the road said that they were surprised by the news (v.22) and Jesus himself confirmed that they had doubts in their minds (v.38). Nevertheless, various people became convinced that Jesus had risen from the dead.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ was the climax of his life's work. Jesus rose from the dead as he said he would. This challenges us to believe that the other things he said about himself are also true. The resurrection demands a response from us, one way or another.
B. Responding to Jesus
Let's look at one particular woman about whom Luke wrote, and see how she responded to Jesus.
Read Luke 7:36-50
This woman had a bad past. Her behavior toward Jesus was very different from the stiff and starchy response of Simon the Pharisee.
She could be sure that she was at peace with God. Jesus had welcomed, accepted and forgiven her because of his love and mercy. Nothing she had done could have earned his response. But she was now free to live as a new person.
We can be sure in this same way. We can never pay God the debt we owe Him for our sinful behavior. But, if we come to Jesus as this woman did, we can know that he forgives and accepts us completely. In the last session we discussed how this happens through Jesus' death on our behalf.
C. Becoming a Christian
The sinful woman came to Jesus and recognized her sin. She trusted Jesus to forgive her and, by her actions, thanked him for the new life he offered her. We must do the same if we want to be at peace with God, both now and eternally.
You could pray something like this:
D. Growing as a Christian
These five studies have shown us who Jesus is and why he came. Luke 6:46-49 teaches that we must not only hear what Jesus said, but put it into practice.
Read Luke 6:46-49
A decision to become a Christian is just the beginning of a lifetime of getting to know God better.
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