Archive for September 16th, 2010

Luke 24

Luke 24 gives us his record of the resurrection.  We learn a few more details from Luke.  The women go to the tomb and we learn that along with the Mary’s was also “Joanna….and the other women”.  There were a number of women who headed to the tomb the third day to complete the preparation of Jesus body.  We also find out that there were “two men” who were there to greet the women at the tomb, two angels that met them in dazzling apparel.  I love the question they asked the group – it is the same one we need to ask ourselves.  “Why do you seek the living among the dead….He is not here, but has risen”.  We look for Jesus the wrong place sometimes.  He is not hiding in a church, or constrained by things that we might expect.  He has risen.  He has overcome death with life and given us the promise of eternal life.  We see here that “Peter rose and ran to the tomb” after the women told him what they had seen.  And he finds the same thing – “he saw the lines cloths by themselves” but no Jesus. This is foundational to our faith.  Jesus is alive.  He was not held captive by the tomb.  He overcame and is alive and able to meet us wherever we are.  We need to seek Him and invite Him in.  He is not lying in the tomb.  He is victorious over death.

We also see Jesus come alongside two of His followers walking on the road to Emmaus.  “Jesus drew near and went with them”.  That describes how Jesus approaches us.  He draws near to us.  These guys were “talking with each other about all these things that had happened”.  They were just going through life – trying to figure things out – and Jesus is there and walks with them.  They invite him to come along.  We need to do the same.  Are you inviting Jesus to be right in the middle of your life?  Is He welcome to walk with you?  He doesn’t force the issue – it is a matter of asking.  It is a matter of bringing Him in.  When we do, we too can experience what these guys did.  “He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures”.  He will come along side and help us know how to live.  Jesus stays with them and they break bread together.  At that point, they recognize Him.  We also find that He shows up with the 11 and they were amazed.  They couldn’t comprehend how He could be alive.  “Touch me and see” is what Jesus tells them.  And again “He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures……that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed”.  Jesus comes and helps the disciples put things together.  This is some pretty out of the norm stuff.  But He walks alongside them, gives them the opportunity to process it, shows them the truth and then “He parted from them and was carried up into heaven”.  Jesus comes to His own and gives them the task ahead – to share truth and Scriptures with all in their patch.  Jesus wants to come alongside us and walk with us.  He has the truth.  He will help us and wants to save us.  We need to invite Him to walk with us.  Have you done that?

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