International Subject: The Lord Appears
U.H.S.C. Subject: The Christ Will Appear to Those Who Believe
Lesson Text: Luke 24:36-53
36. And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
37. But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.
38. And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
39. Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
40. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.
41. And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?
42. And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.
43. And he took it, and did eat before them.
44. And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
45. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
46. And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
47. And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
48. And ye are witnesses of these things.
49. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
50. And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.
51. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.
52. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:
53. And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.
I. Seeing Jesus (Luke 24:36-43)
II. Understanding Scripture (Luke 24:44-49)
III. Worshipping Jesus (Luke 24:50-53)
Time: AD 33
General Theme: “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” — John 16:33
The disciples didn’t believe Jesus would survive the crucifixion. Whether we look at this as a literal crucifixion or as an analogy, the message is the same. Jesus repeatedly told the disciplines he would face many trials and overcome. But when Jesus faced his greatest trial the disciples lost heart and became afraid. God has made us many promises in the scriptures. Father Hurley too left us many promises. Do we believe they will all come to pass? Or are we more like the disciplines—disbelieving when times are dark?
The best comes to those who wait for God’s will to manifest. Paul said in 2 Corinthians 1:20, “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” If God said it, it will come to pass. The road may seem rough sometimes, but in the end God will get the glory.
The elevation of a beloved leader demands followers to themselves become leaders. No one will remain in their position forever. Whether your position is in a family, church, school, or business, you will either quit, get fired, get laid off, retire, or die in office. No follower should sit back and do nothing. Transitions come daily. Jesus pushed the disciplines daily to do the work. He knew one day, they would have to stand, preach, and teach without him.