Here in the final chapter of the Gospel of Luke, we find three main subjects:
The Resurrection of Christ v.1-12
The appearances of Christ v.13-49
The Ascension of Christ v.50-53
Our text today comes from the final section. Contained herein are also three (3) topics or subjects I would like to looks at this morning. They are Worshipped, Joy and Blessing.
Matthew Poole comments on this section as follows:
Ver. 52,53. We never before read of any act of adoration which the disciples performed to Christ. Their faith was now come to the highest pitch. They did no longer look upon him only as one sent of God, a great Prophet, nor only as the Son of David, the promised Messiah; in the mean time not rightly taking the notion of the Messiah, but looking upon him as one who should be a temporal saviour, and deliverer of his people; they now believe him to be the eternal Son of God, being so manifested by his resurrection from the dead, and ascension into heaven before their eyes. According to his commandment, they return to Jerusalem, full of joy:
What is it that these (the chosen disciples) who had just been blessed v.50 the risen Savior come away with? I think the best word I can use to describe it is zeal. Matthew Poole said it was “Their faith was now come to the highest pitch.“ Here they are with a fresh infusion of life from Christ’s blessing and off they go Worshipping Christ, full of Joy and praising and Blessing. They were excited, pumped up, and ready to conquer the world.
I often wonder how often we forget that great day of our infusion, the day of our blessing from Christ when He made us whole? Redeemed us from eternal damnation and made us more than conquerors in him. How much of that initial Zeal has gone from us?
Father, it is my lifelong desire to love You without hesitation, to never be lacking in zeal, and to keep my spiritual fervor as I serve You. My desire is to fully devote myself to You and to always do what is good and right in Your sight bringing Glory to your name. Help me to always be obedient to your commandments. Otherwise, my hearts will grow proud and we will forget my first love. Keep me your chosen path all the days of my life, keeping my spiritual zeal as I serve You. – Amen.