Luke 24:47 – April 8, 2021

and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. Luke 24:47 NABRE           

A resurrection story has Christ appearing before His disciples who are gathered listening to one another speak about previous appearances of Christ. He wonders about their questions and shows that He is the wounded Man crucified. Wanting them to know He is alive and not a spirit he eats some food and then opens their minds to understand the scriptures. He then tells them that the Messiah would suffer and rise on the third day, as He has done. Luke is the only gospel writer who explicitly speaks of a suffering Messiah. Additionally the idea of a suffering Messiah is not explicitly found in the Hebrew Scriptures, though the Church uses the “Suffering Servant” passages as describing Jesus’ passion (see Isaiah 53.) However, God knows sending His Son would lead to His death, human sinfulness needs to destroy total Love, Love which provides healing, forgiveness, and has a special charism. Jesus dies at the hands of humanity and God converts His death into a glorifying act, a visible sign of new life. We think God’s plan is for Jesus to die, but tragedy and suffering come at the hands of human sinfulness. God uses suffering for good. 

Jesus in the quoted verse provides the “Great Commission.” He wants His disciples to preach about repentance; a change of heart, and forgiveness. God holds no grudges. This is to be done in Jesus name. Even though the Son of God is killed, God believes we can change; in faith and be forgiven. Repentance is always anchored to a change of thinking and never separated from faith. Repentance must be the human response to the Good News of Jesus the Christ, receiving forgiveness. 

Do you need to change? Can all of humanity repent as a whole?

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