2014-06-12 / Worship

Jesus’ first invitation after His resurrection

By REV. FICKLEN GUIN
(Luke 24: 13-35)

After the resurrection, Jesus issued the first invitation to enter upon God’s Path, using the revealing power of God’s Word. God always uses his Word to deliver the Gospel.

It was just three days after the Crucifixion. Cleopas and another disciple were feeling totally defeated. All their hope had been destroyed by Jesus’ death. As they walked toward Emmaus, in deep sorrow, they asked themselves over and over why Jesus had had to die (verses 13-15a).

Then, “Jesus himself drew near, and went with them” (verse 15). When our faith in God grows weak and we begin to question God’s plan, Jesus draws near. Jesus asked, “What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?” (verse 17). God is concerned for us even when we don’t recognize Him.

Cleopas asked Jesus, “Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days” (verse 18). Jesus responded, “What things?” And the whole story of their dashed hopes for their beloved Messiah came pouring out (verses 19-24).

Cleopas and his friend, like many of the Disciples, had never completely understood that Jesus was fulfilling prophecy in every detail. Because they hadn’t fully grasped Jesus’ teachings, they were now woefully disappointed. Their vague concept of what was to happen had failed them, and their belief was now in danger.

Jesus chided them, “O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?” (verses 25-26). Then He turned to the one source that is always infallible for the correction and strengthening of faith: God’s Holy Word. “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scripture the things concerning himself” (verse 27).

“And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further” (verse 28). Jesus never forces Himself into our lives. We must invite Him or He will pass on by. They asked Him in and, when he blessed the bread, they recognized Him and he departed.

After being born again we no longer require physical proof. God’s Holy Spirit lives in our hearts and we’re never alone.

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