This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features another quote from the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:
“If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.”(Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.)
“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.” Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. He also said to them, “This is what is written: The Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead the third day, and repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And look, I am sending you what My Father promised. As for you, stay in the city until you are empowered from on high.” (Luke 24:44-49)
These words from Jesus are the last ones recorded of Him speaking in the book of Luke. They were said to the disciples around the time of Jesus’ ascension. He was returning to the Father but before He did, Jesus did two things.
One, he taught them. He “opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.” He helped them to understand and relate those passages in the Old Testament (Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms) and how they relate to Jesus. And not only that, how Jesus fulfilled those promises and prophesies.
Two, he instructed them. He told them that he would be sending them someone that the Father promised. That someone is the Holy Spirit. They were to wait in Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit comes to empower them in sharing the Gospel in which they were witnesses.
We have that same message and we have that same Spirit inside of us. We have the Scriptures are able to understand them through the Holy Spirit. And because of that same Holy Spirit, we are able to go and share the message with others. This week, let us be about that. There is a world out there that needs some good news. We have that good news in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features another quote from physicist and philosopher Blaise Pascal:
“Belief is a wise wager. Granted that faith cannot be proved, what harm will come to you if you gamble on its truth and it proves false? If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager, then, without hesitation, that He exists.” (Blaise Pascal)
“Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus, because the Spirit’s law of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. What the law could not do since it was limited by the flesh, God did. He condemned sin in the flesh by sending His own Son in flesh like ours under sin’s domain, and as a sin offering, in order that the law’s requirement would be accomplished in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1-4)
This week in the news brought a reminder to the truth about condemnation. We all apart from Jesus Christ stand condemned before God. We are all sinners who fall short of the glory of God. On our own, we are unable to be considered righteous. However, this is not thankfully the end of the story.
Paul in his letter to the Romans reminds them that because of Jesus Christ there is hope Those who are in Jesus, who follow Him, are saved from that condemnation. He has set us free from sin and death through his life and work on the cross. The law shows that our righteousness is not good enough. However Jesus Christ met all of the law’s requirements and through His righteousness we are made whole.
This week, let us share that good news. That there doesn’t have to be condemnation but through Christ there is salvation and hope.
For this week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features another quote from German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer:
“There is meaning in every journey that is unknown to the traveler.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features another quote from author J.R.R. Tolkien:
“In sorrow we must go, but not in despair. Behold! we are not bound for ever to the circles of the world, and beyond them is more than memory.” (J.R.R. Tolkien)