“Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmatic, taught to the tune of a Hickory stick . . .” So say the song lyrics. But that never made sense to me. I thought that spelling was important. There are not three “R”s but one “R”, one “W”, and one “A” – but I digress. Thinking about school starting brought that old song to my mind and as I was preparing an outline for last Sunday I saw three “R”s in what are some of Jesus’ final instructions to His apostles (Luke 24:36-52).
1. Remember the Law of Moses, Prophets, and Psalms
Luk 24:44-45, “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 and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled. Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,”
The Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms comprise the Hebrew “Bible” Jesus says that all the promises and prophecies about the Messiah come to pass in Him. What is the probability? In the 1960’s Dr. Peter Stoner of Westmont College in Santa Barabara, CA studied the probabilty of one person fulfilling Biblical prophecy. He determined that the probability of one person meeting eight (8) OT Messianic Prophesies = 1:100,000,000,000,000 (One in One Hundred Thousand Trillion). That would compare to covering and area the size of the State of Texas two feet deep in silver dollars, then randomly dropping one marked coin from an airplane flying overhead. After that use heavy equipment to mix the coins thoroughly. Then blindfold a person and have them walk and having them stop only once to select ONE coin and them choosing the marked coin.
Jesus fulfills all 300+ Messianic prophecies (some count over 400). Here are just a few:
o Gen 3:15
o Zech 9:9
o Zech 11:12-13
o Psa 55:12-14
o Psa 22
o Isa 53
Luk 24:47, ” . . .repentance . . . should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, . . ..”
Repentance is not simply saying, “I am sorry.” Repentance is not, “Oops! I got caught.” Repentance requires a knowledge of sin – Rom 3:20. Repentance is a change of mind and a change of Life Style. 1Th 1:9 ” . . . how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.” Repentance is turning: 1) to God, 2) from idols, and 3) to serve God.
3. Remission of Sin
Luk 24:47, ” . . . forgiveness (remission) of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations . . .”
We are all legally guilty! (cf. Rom 3:9-11, 23). We are guilty even if we are unaware of our violation of God’s law. We are guilty even if we do not feel guilty. Because we are guilty we need remission of our sins.
To remit is to dismiss, release, or forgive. That is what Jesus came to do (cf. Mat 26:28). In Christ our sin is:
- Taken away
- Not imputed
- Blotted out
- Washed away
- Remembered no more.
We are therefore, SET FREE. We are Legally Justified (cf. 1Co 6:11)
What a GREAT, LOVING, GRACIOUS God we serve!