READ: Luke 24:36-49 (esp. v36-43)
- As the story of Jesus unfolded, it did not go as the disciples imagined. They were not prepared for Him to die as a criminal under Roman guard. The two on the road to Emmaus reflect the perspectives of most of the disciples: “We had hoped that He was the one…(v21). Some of the women said His body was missing, but we didn’t see Him (v23-24).”
- After a meal with Jesus the two men recognized Him. When Jesus disappeared from their midst, they ran back to Jerusalem to share the news that they’d seen Jesus. He really was alive. As they told their story, Jesus showed up. They are all stunned, filled with awe and yet doubt. What had been reported (more than once that day) was true; He was alive. But how? Really?
- Jesus offered them his hands and feet. He wanted them to know it was really Him. And He ate with them, like He’d done so often before. Their doubts began to give way to confidence as they shared a meal with Him. And, as we read the story, we see our doubts fade to confidence as well. We recognize the story as being fantastical, yet it’s told as true. Even though we may not be able to “prove” His resurrection, we can testify to eating meals with Him (i.e., experiencing His presence).
- Why was it so hard for those first century believers to accept that Jesus was alive?
- Why has it been hard for you to accept?
- What is the most compelling evidence for you that Jesus has been raised from the dead?
PRAY: Thank God for bringing His Son back to life. Pray that we can grow in our confidence in His presence. Pray that we can be convincing as people see us live confidently.