Monday, February 9, 2009

Luke, Chapter 24 part 1

What does the Resurrection mean to you? To me, it is a validation. It confirms Jesus’ entire message and makes everything we read in the Bible true. Think about that for a moment. If there was no resurrection, what meaning would there be in the rest of the message? There would be no purpose to the rest of the Word. Without this once for all sacrifice and the resurrection so that we can serve and worship a living person there would be no hope for us at all.

It is after the resurrection that Jesus does some of his most important teaching as well. When he meets two of his disciples along the road to Emmaus after the resurrection He helps them to see that his ministry was not about political power. All along they felt He would overthrow the Roman government and establish an earthly kingdom. Instead, Jesus gets them to see a far greater purpose.

25He said to them, "How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?" 27And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

28As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther. 29But they urged him strongly, "Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over." So he went in to stay with them.

30When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?" – Luke 24:25-32

There is no other way that Christ’s message could be fulfilled without the Crucifixion and resurrection. This is the only path to redemption to mankind. Because of its incredible nature there is little doubt left to its redemptive power as long as we believe it is all true. That is that hardest part in the whole equation. We have to act on faith that these words are accurate. We have to believe that 2000 years ago this actually took place.

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