A Lesson from the Risen Christ

 

There is an interesting story in the last chapter (24) of Luke. Two unnamed disciples were traveling on the road to Emmaus very disappointed and disillusioned at the death of Jesus and the story of women that said they had seen “a vision of angels who said that He was alive.” Jesus had joined them without them knowing it was Himself that was walking along with them. Verse “17 And He said to them, "What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?" At this point they tell of His arrest, trial and crucifixion.

The Lesson is: why do we not walk in faith?

Verses 25-27 says, “Then He said to them, "O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!  Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?"  And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” We need to understand that the words “faith” and “believe” come from the same root word so when we believe what the word of God says we have faith. This is explained in Romans 10:17 that says “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

When we walk in unbelief we are “foolish and slow of heart to believe.” He then helps them to believe by teaching them the word of God (the prophets). The word “expounded” means to explain thoroughly. As they begin to “see” how all the scriptures teach that Jesus the Messiah had to die they began to have “faith.” Two of the best chapters that teach this is Psalms 22 and Isaiah 53. They had previously believed the Messiah would come back and be an earthly King and restore Israel back as the most powerful nation.

Another aspect of this lesson is found in verse 32 which says, “And they said to one another, "Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?" When we begin to truly understand the teachings of Christ there is such a joy and excitement that we experience in our hearts. I now have been a Christian for over 43 years and I still experience regularly that joy and excitement over “hearing” and understanding God’s Holy Word.

Once a person has come to faith or has become a Christian there is a work to be done. Verse 47 says, “and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” Please understand the word “preach” means simply to proclaim or tell others. This is not just for “preachers” but for all Christians or followers of Christ.  Unless the ones without Christ hear the gospel story they can never come to faith or believe. As Christians we must understand this and learn how to share our faith with others. Verse 49 says, “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high." This promise is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit which empowers us to live and share with others the way to Christ.

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