Day 2: King of History

Read & Reflect

Read Luke 24:1-34 again.

Remembering this story from yesterday, we saw two men conversing with the risen Jesus (although they didn’t know it at the time) along the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus.  On this 4 mile hike, Jesus “interpreted” all of the Scriptures to them in a way that pointed to Himself.  In other words, He explained to them how the entire Bible really pointed to Him.  If you remember, this was a life-changing conversation for them.

  • Do you know which parts of the Bible these men (and Jesus) had access to at the time that this story took place?

Think About It

Now here is another question to test your understanding:

  • About what year was it when this story took place?

This story took place around the years  AD.  Do you know what ‘AD’ stands for?  It’s easy to remember the abbreviations ‘BC’ and ‘AD’ with the short hand ‘Before Christ’ and ‘After Death’.  But surprisingly, only half of this is true.  ‘BC’ actually does stand for ‘Before Christ,’ and speaks of the time in history that came before Jesus was born.  Historians used biblical data and other historical records (see Luke 2:1-2) to come up with an educated guess of when Jesus was born.  And ever since then, we have used his approximate birthdate to mark time in history.

The abbreviation ‘AD’ stands for ‘Anno Domini,’ which is a Latin term meaning ‘Year of our Lord,’ referring to the Lord Jesus Christ.  These are all the years that have happened since Jesus showed up on the scene.

It’s a pretty significant thing that the way that we have measured time itself for the last 2,012 years has been based on the life of Jesus.  Isn’t that cool?  Not only (according to Jesus) is the entire Bible about Him, but so is all of History!  Today, a lot of scientists and historians have preferred to use the abbreviations ‘BCE’ and ‘CE’ (instead of BC and AD) to refer to these same periods of time.  (‘CE’ stands for ‘Common Era’ and ‘BCE’ stands for ‘Before the Common Era’.)

  • Why do you think people would want to change from the old references (BC/AD) that spoke of Jesus to new references (CE/BCE) that leave Him out?

As we study the Bible, we will see that one of the central themes of the entire Scriptures is the theme of the Kingdom of God.  We will see that the Jews – God’s people of Israel – were without a King & a Kingdom when this story took place, and it really broke their hearts.  They longed to be ruled by a King that honored God.

When Jesus came, He was not just an earthly King.  He was a King that ruled everything:  As we have seen, all of Scripture; and even more than that, all of History!

Yet, because we are sinful, we do not want God to have his rightful place on His throne.  He is King, and He is in charge.  A lot of the time, we don’t want to recognize this.

  • Why do you think we don’t always want to recognize that God is in charge?
  • Do you think that sometimes you don’t give God His rightful place on His throne?
  • How do you do this in your own life? Be specific.

Prayer

Confess to God the ways that you like to be in control or take charge of your own life.  Tell him how hard it is to allow him to be King.  It takes a lot of trust to allow God to be the ruler of your life.  Ask God for help to trust Him, and to allow Him to rule your heart & life.  Write out your prayer here:

Memorize

Psalm 45:6  “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.”

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