The Five Act Play September 28, 2022

Wednesday, September 28th

Take5 Devotional today written by Pastor Dick Thompson, Pastor of Seasoned Adults


The Five Act Play




Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.’ He said to them, ‘How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken!  Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?’ And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

Luke 24:24-27




Two followers of Jesus left Jerusalem after the crucifixion without hearing the amazing news of the empty tomb. Perhaps their despair (v.21) was so deep they could not recognize the risen Lord alongside them on their way to Emmaus. Their conversation with the Stranger caused their hearts to burn with a “next level” love for God’s Word.

Jesus pulls back the curtain on what can be described as a five-act play. Each act is crucial to what comes next. (Imagine if you missed the first three acts!) Act One (Genesis 1-2) is about Creation, why we are here, and God’s good pleasure (Genesis 1:31). Act Two (Genesis 3-11) is about what went wrong, and what goes wrong. Act Three is about how God began to set things right through the messy story of Israel and sets the stage for the climax of the play. Act Four (the four Gospels) is about the coming of the promised One, Jesus Messiah, God with us to defeat what has defeated us. His resurrection begins Act Five described in the Book of Acts, the letters and dramatic descriptions of God’s Kingdom coming on earth.

The Story Jesus unfolded prepared His disciples for two life changing realizations. One took place at their home when Jesus broke bread; that the Lord Jesus had risen, and He was with them! God’s Word will lead you to this same realization! Secondly, it dawned on them that His Story was their story. That very hour they returned to Jerusalem to join the next Act. The Five Act play comes down to this; you and I are also players in Act Five. Based on all the previous acts, we know the conclusion prepares us for the beginning of a whole new play (Revelation 21:1-5).

Dear Loving God,

     I want to know the whole Story! Lord, show me my part that I might play it well.  




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