Friday, June 24, 2011

Fruit of the Spirit # 2 Joy Luke 24:33-54

1. Before His death what did the Lord Jesus desire for His followers (John 15:11 16:24, 17:13)?

2. After His death, burial and resurrection, what progression do His followers make in our verses in Luke?

3. When the Lord Jesus suddenly appeared in the room, how did it help the disciples to see His hands and feet (v39-40)?

4. How would it have helped their faith to see Him eat (v41-43)?

5. What filled their hearts (v41)?

6. Why were these activities-showing them His hands and feet and eating-necessary before He could open their minds to understand the Scriptures (v45)?

7. They thought Jesus would become King with power and force. How does Jesus change their vision and understanding at this point (v46-47)?

8. What the Father promised (v49) is the Holy Spirit who would be sent to the disciples in the near future. In light of what Jesus has just been saying (v46-48), why is the Spirit’s presence so important?

9. How do we see the Lord Jesus today (John 14:15-17, 26, 15:26, 16:13-15)?

10. We may not see the Lord with our physical eyes, but we see Him by faith. What does 1 Peter 1:8-9 say about seeing the Lord Jesus by faith?

11. In verses 52-53 the disciples have changed from wondering and disbelieving to having “great joy.” How does Jesus’ resurrection and the promise of the Holy Spirit help you to define joy?

12. How is Christian joy different from the happiness we get from the special events in our lives?

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