Daily D – Luke 24:5-8
“Why are you looking for the living among the dead?” Asked the men. “He is not here, but he has risen! Remember how he spoke to you when he was still in Galilee, saying, ‘It is necessary that the Son of Man be betrayed into the hands of sinful men, be crucified, and rise on the third day’?” And they remembered his words.
LUKE 24:5-8 (CSB)
The world is full of them. Some things we call necessary are not. Some necessary things we think or feel are too hard and we seek alternate pathways.
The angels at Jesus’ tomb on that morning of all mornings told the women bearing spices that as necessary was their duty and attention to detail, there was something more necessary. A broken covenant, broken laws, and broken people could only be made new by one perfect sacrifice. It was necessary for Jesus to die.
As Jesus walked with the two men on the way to Emmaus, they discussed what they had seen, heard, and experienced. They attempted to reason out what had happened to Jesus and why he had to die. Jesus asked them a question: “Wasn’t it necessary for the Messiah to suffer these things and enter into his glory?” (Verse 26).
Today, on this Easter Sunday, on this Resurrection Day, it is necessary for us to sing, to praise, to worship our risen Lord and King.
In chapter 2 of this Gospel, we find Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus. Among the amazing occurrences on that night of nights, shepherds burst into the birthplace and told what they had seen and heard. Luke recorded Mary’s memory: “But Mary was treasuring up all these things in her heart and meditating on them,” (verse 19).
Years later, Jesus was lost for three days in Jerusalem. When Joseph and Mary found him and questioned him, he replied, “Why were you searching for me?” he asked them. “Didn’t you know that it was necessary for me to be in my Father’s house?” (verse 49). Luke tells us, “His mother kept all these things in her heart,” (verse 51).
What is necessary for us today? Let us rejoice because the stone was rolled away, they did not find the body of Jesus, instead, he found them and said, “Peace to you! Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself! Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have. 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.
“This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead the third day, and repentance for forgiveness of sins will be proclaimed in his name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things,” (verses 36-48).
What is necessary now?
See Jesus for who he is. Come to him in repentance and faith. Know him in a daily, growing relationship. Prepare to live with him forever when the last necessary thing takes place.
I will give attention to necessary things.
Our Father, you have taken care of all the necessary details for us to come into relationship with you. You have removed all the barriers. You take away all that holds us back. You made a way when there seemed to be no way. It is necessary for us to acknowledge and accept your gift of love and forgiveness. It is necessary for us to know and experience you. It is necessary for others to know that because Jesus lives, we too can live, really live. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.