Luke 24:45-48 – Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and and on the third day rise from the dead, and repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses to these things.”

Observation –
Jesus appeared to the disciples after the resurrection and they were afraid as they did not understand without receiving the Spirit. Jesus gives the disciples understanding from Scripture that he He is the risen Messiah. On the third day Jesus rose from the grave to overcome sin and death. The command is for the disciples, as witnesses, to teach repentance and forgiveness of sins only in the name of Jesus starting in Jerusalem and throughout all nations.

Application –
As a born again believer in Jesus, I have received the Spirit to guide me with wisdom and discernment. Jesus is alive having overcome sin and death! This is mine and everyone’s greatest need to be reconciled to God only through the blood of Jesus. This is cause to be thankful and joyful for the gospel daily. In response, we now are commissioned to be His witnesses here and among all peoples preaching repentance and forgiveness in the name of Jesus.

Thank you for sending Jesus to take my place to pay for my sin debt in full so I can repent be reconciled and have a relationship with you. Let the power of the Holy Spirit lead me to be a bold witness to proclaim the name of Jesus to extend your glory.