Are you ready for something amazing to happen?
Luke 24: 50-53
50 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. 52 Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. 53 And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.
I commenced writing a devotional from Luke’s gospel on the 30th October 2018. Here we are today closing the gospel with the disciples and the Church continually at the temple. Luke had started his gospel there. The Temple.
“Luke has commenced his gospel with a married couple, old in years, but who knew how to do the right thing. Little did they know they would be the parents of the one who was to prepare the way for the Messiah.
Zechariah was chosen that day to burn incense. In the temple he would sprinkle frankincense on the fiery coals and a fragrant cloud would rise. He would prostrate himself on the floor and pray for the peace of Israel and give thanks for previous blessings. He had studied how to do this though this was most probably his first time.
It was a special day for him. He was just a priest, not a High Priest, just an ordinary one and yet the dice rolled in his favour apparently because out of at least 20,000 other priests he had been chosen. Luck? Miracle? Or indeed chosen?
For decades, Zechariah served God in a way which was ordinary, yet he did the right thing. He and his wife had a social stigma, they were childless. But their silent God did not prevent their commitment to Him. Their God was far more than what He could give them.”
Throughout his gospel Luke has continued to point us to the Temple. Whether it be Jesus on top of the temple in his temptations or the religious praying there in competition with others or the deceitful trading, the battle for the true worship within the temple is seen.
In the last verse of his gospel Luke leaves the reader on a cliff-hanger. The Church are continually in the temple and they are praising God. Something is about to happen surely? Something does that changes the landscape forever and that comes in part 2 of Luke’s writings.
When Jesus, the Messiah, is at the centre of our lives. When our true worship is all about Him. When we acknowledge our lives are indeed the Temple and Jesus is on the throne of it. When this is in place, then we are set, we are ready, keep worshipping for something powerful is about to happen!