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People's Encounters with Jesus #7: People's Response to Jesus - Great Joy

You could imagine the wonder and joy of the disciples when Jesus appeared to them over a number of days after his crucifixion.


Luke 24:36-53

What exploded from their hearts was praise. They knew the genuine, honest, and purpose-filled love of Jesus.

My grandchildren are a great source of joy for me. What they say, how they interact, their joy of discovery, I find a great blessing. Yes, with young children there are those moments of challenge and frustration, but I find my “joy tank” is renewed. I think it is because of their genuine and honest expression of love.


You could imagine the wonder and joy of the disciples when Jesus appeared to them over a number of days after his crucifixion. All that he had said was being fulfilled. In Luke 24:44, Jesus says to the disciples, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms. Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.” Jesus’ promise of his resurrection, meant that he would always be with them, that he would send them, and that he would send the Spirit who would clothe them with power. Jesus would always be their Lord and friend.


As he was being taken up into heaven, the disciples worshipped him and then they returned to Jerusalem with great joy (v 52). What exploded from their hearts was praise. They knew the genuine, honest, and purpose-filled love of Jesus. Today, look to Jesus and receive his promise of his love. And I pray that your heart explodes with great joy.


God Bless


Pastor Stephen


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