Day 7: The Disciples
Devotional by Lori Mosser
Read Luke 24:36-49
36 As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” 37 But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. 38 And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41 And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate before them. 44 Then he said to 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 and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day, rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”
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When my family moved into a new home last summer, I posted photos on my Instagram story of the progress we were making while unpacking boxes and decorating. The images made the rooms look so “perfect,” but many times, there were still piles of boxes to unpack behind the scenes that no one could see. One day, I showed a picture of my entryway, perfectly decorated. But the next picture I posted was a view with my camera backed up about five feet to show all the trash and boxes still lingering. It wasn’t very pretty. I was trying to show “Instagram vs. Reality” and make the point that, at times, what you see or read on social media is too good to be true; things are not always what they seem to be.
Today’s Scripture explains what happened when Jesus appeared to His disciples after the resurrection. Many of His followers were in disbelief, even frightened, and thought they saw a ghost. They were not sure if what they saw before their eyes was real. But in Luke 24:38, Jesus said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?” The disciples were hesitant to believe because it was too good to be true! However, Jesus is the real deal, nothing fake. Jesus proved He was the risen Christ by showing His hands and feet and fulfilling the words He spoke to them before his death (Luke 24:44). We, too, can have no doubt when it comes to Jesus.
Jesus went on to tell His disciples in verse forty-eight, “You are witnesses of these things.” They were instructed to share their personal experience of the risen Christ. Jesus is the real deal, and we are called to share His story with others, just like the disciples.
Maybe you have experienced a situation that caused you to doubt what you believe about Christ or the Bible. I know there have been times of doubt in my own life. But doubts can allow you to grow deeper in your faith if they are handled properly. Don’t be afraid to look further into God’s Word for the answers you seek. He will respond to your questions with compassion and kindness.
1. Have you ever doubted Jesus only to experience Him do something that seemed “too good to be true?”
2. Have you shared that testimony with others?3. If so, what was their reaction? If not, share your testimony with your Life Group this week.
For further reading on the subject of doubt, check out this article by Focus on the Family.