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Back to the Basics: Jesus Christ, the Risen Lord of our Lives (Luke 24:13-35)

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Intro

Christ is Risen! On this Lord’s Day, we celebrate the greatest event in history: the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Happy Resurrection Sunday! I don’t like to call this day Easter. Did you know that most likely, this word, as a scholar from England back in the seventh century claims, the origin traces back to an Anglo-Saxon goddess of fertility and spring named Eostre? So “as Christmas was moved to coincide with (and supplant) the pagan celebration of winter, Easter was likely moved to coincide and replace the pagan celebration of spring.”[1] Germans also had an equivalent to Santa Claus for Easter, which happened to be a rabbit or bunny who laid and carried colorful eggs to children who were good that year. And they brought that over in the eighteenth century. By the way, rabbits don’t lay eggs, if you were wondering.

However, I found out that the history of this might possibly go back even further. The word “Easter,” which is not found in the Bible, probably has its origins to the Tower of Babel. After the Flood, Nimrod (Gen. 10:6-10), Noah’s great-grandson, led people in great rebellion against God (according to Jewish tradition).[2] He was not only a great political leader organizing major cities (Gen. 10:10), supposedly he was also an occult priest practicing all kinds of perversion as well as idolatry and human sacrifice. His wife, Queen Semiramis, later would make him a god after his death, calling him the Sun-god. Later, he became known as Baal.[3]

Well the Queen had a son, Tammuz, whom she claimed was conceived without a human father and was the promised seed of Gen. 3:15. According to the legend, when Tammuz was killed by a wild boar and went to the underworld, she claimed he was resurrected by her tears that spring. Both she and her son were worshipped (she was called the moon goddess and also worshipped as the goddess of fertility and spring). In fact, each spring, they held a festival celebrating this “resurrection.” After the Tower of Babel incident and God scattered the peoples (Gen. 11), other groups kept this religion and called Queen Semiramis, Isthar, which was originally pronounced, you guessed it: Easter.

Interesting history lesson there! Now I certainly do not judge people doing egg hunts or coloring eggs, as long as for us believers, we do not forget or overshadow the foundation of our faith in the resurrected, exalted Lord Jesus who came up out of the grave and lives forever! Paul says if Christ did not rise from the dead, our faith is in vain (1 Cor. 15:14). Let’s all pack up, go home and wait to die! C.S. Lewis says the resurrection is the central event in the history of the earth. British theologian John Stott adds, “Christianity is in its very essence a resurrection religion. The concept of resurrection lies at its heart. If you remove it, Christianity is destroyed.”[4] Through the resurrection, Jesus was validated as God’s Son, so we can fully believe in Him. Jesus’ work on the cross was also validated. Otherwise we just have a valiant martyr and are still in our sins (1 Cor. 15:17). And one day we too will be resurrected as death was crushed to death. Today we live, if you will, as Resurrection Sunday people living in a Good Friday world. I liked what Tim Keller said this week, “Easter means Christmas really worked.” And as the old church father Clement of Alexander once said that in the resurrection, “Christ has turned all our sunsets into dawns.”[5]

Yet sometimes we seem to have far too many Good Friday moments, too many sunsets than too many dawns or Resurrection Sunday moments. Some of us have wondered why hopes we had believed would come true have not. Some of us have disappointments in our journey; some of us had dreams that have been shattered. We may even have had expectations for the Lord that we thought would have been met by now and questions we thought would be answered. Sometimes the Good Fridays last longer than just a day. Sometimes life seems like a lifelong Good Friday. And though we have glimpses of divine intervention here and there, deep down in our souls, we feel this gnawing confusion, with some regret mixed in. Maybe we are still trying to find God’s will for our lives. Maybe we are waiting for a season to change. Or maybe we are still wondering when we will ever change and be the person God wants us to be.

Today we are going to meet two people on a journey. They are on a journey because they need to get away. Proverbs tell us that hope deferred makes the heart sick. For these two, their hearts were way past just sick. It was broken, smashed, crushed into a million pieces. There was nothing good about this Good Friday for the weary travelers in this story. Everything good in their lives was dead. But it is right in the thick of this situation, they will meet Jesus Christ, leaving them with an experience they will talk about every day for the rest of their lives. This is a great story!

Today we will be looking at how the meaning of the resurrection affects our day-to-day lives. How does the living Christ meet us in the roads we are traveling? How do we experience Him in ways that will leave us transformed? Three things here to look at:

I.    The Living Christ is the Companion of our Weary Travels (vv.13-16)

We pick up the story in Luke 24:13. “That very day” refers to Sunday, Resurrection Sunday. It is probably afternoon, since by the time they get home (seven miles away from Jerusalem), it seems to be evening (v.29). We know from earlier in the chapter that Jesus rose in the morning and some of the women found the tomb empty and then told by angels that He arose. Peter and John also went and looked for themselves and saw that the tomb was indeed empty. Jesus then appeared to Mary Magdalene as she wept (John 20:11-18).

Now it was afternoon. Two disciples, out of the probably the 70 in Jesus’ outer core group, had witnessed everything. They knew the Messiah was dead on Friday, but He had also said He would rise the third day, Sunday. The women had told them He wasn’t there (Luke 24:9). However, they themselves had not seen Him. What if His body was stolen? Where was He? Why didn’t He show up yet if He was alive? Isn’t this always the case with our prayer requests? We know God can answer them, but it is really hard to trust His timing for everything! So like them, we often feel like God let us down, by not doing what we wanted Him to do. And then we get away.

They had grieved a lot up this point.  They felt their dreams were smashed when He died on Friday.  And it seemed like it was going to be one really long bad Friday for the rest of their lives. You see, for possibly three years, they had put their hope in Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah they had long been waiting for. We don’t know exactly how long they knew Jesus, but long enough to be convinced that He was God’s Messiah. They had built everything on Him and now they felt buried under the rubble of disappointment and grief. He had told them he would rise and so they waited. And waited. And waited. It’s now Sunday, late in the day. Where was He? And with nothing else happening, they just need to get out of sadness, gloom, frustration and doubt. By the way, we know one of them is called Cleophas (v.28), but we don’t know who he was traveling with. Some have said it was his wife, but we don’t know.

But they are not walking in silence. They are openly sharing their grief and confusion. I wonder if tears come and go as they share? I wonder if sometimes there is a lump in their throats as they look at each other and share? In any case, they are in an ongoing, intense conversation about the death, burial and resurrection, which should have produced joy and delight, but instead brought doubt and despair. They still had a lot of questions. This shows us that discussions of the deep issues of life are meaningless without the presence of Christ there. He alone can bring life since He is the Creator and Redeemer of the world and we would be foolish to try to seek answers elsewhere whether it is simply listening to a sermon or reading a devotional without being aware of Him there to speak to you.

Interestingly, the word “discussing” in v.15 refers to “to search, examine together by discussion.” Quite clearly, in their disappointment and perplexity over the turn of events, they were looking for answers, they wanted to understand, they were searching.”[6] And as they are having this animated dialogue, they hear footsteps behind them. It seems like a fellow pilgrim has joined them. Notice that Jesus joins us in the midst of our confusion, not above it or after its over! He loves to break into our everyday conversations and His timing is impeccable!

Luke says, “Jesus HIMSELF” (emphasis mine). This “is an intensive pro­noun which meant it is emphatic drawing our attention to His personal involvement in their need.”[7] So not only does Jesus join us in the midst of our need, He presents Himself as being personally invested in the situation. Notice also, that He “drew near.” Luke could have used several words to describe what Jesus did, but choosing this word highlights “the personal interest, availability and ministry that the Lord Himself always has in our lives.”[8]

Then in v.16 we see that they did not recognize Him. The verb here indicates that God purposely did this.[9] Why? It may be that He wants them to learn some more things first. You see, Jesus is always interested in the process that the product. We always want the quick fixes. Christ’s companionship is always not just to comfort us, but to conform and to transform us into His image. We will see that in the following verses.

I thought it was very telling that upon the resurrection, the God of the Universe does not call a parade up to the religious leaders’ door or to Pilate’s house declaring victory and laughing in their face. Jesus instead ministers to a crying woman outside the tomb and here to two weary, heartbroken disciples. That is so like our Lord!

Do you know what is the basic meaning of the resurrection? It means that God is with us. This sounds basic, but it’s important. Matthew’s gospel has this theme sandwiched from start to finish (Matt. 1:21; Matt. 28:20). He will forever be our companion in this weary journey of life. Because He’s alive, He can bring life where there is death, delight where there is despair and real meaning in the midst of futility. He is personally invested making Himself personally available to minister to us. We no longer have to travel to a place to find Him. He is a God who walks and talks with you. He’s alive! Did you see Him last Friday? Did you see Him standing with each of those who were testifying? Did you see Him sitting with Jerry and Lyle as they came weary? Coming alongside and drawing each of us to Himself? That’s Him! He’s the companion of our weary travels.

The question for the believer is not “Is God with me?” But “Open my eyes to see you.” That is a more accurate prayer than simply, “Be with me.” The question is not presence, but awareness of His presence. Notice Christ is not repulsed by their unbelief or the complexity of their questions and confusion. No sin, no doubt, no question can cause our Savior to stay away from us. He is the companion of our weary travels. He was forsaken, so we would not be, and thus have Him stand with us (2 Tim. 4:17) and for us forever. The monk Brother Lawrence (1614-1691), who lived most of his life scrubbing pans in a kitchen and later fixing sandals, wrote a wonderful little book called “Practicing the Presence of God.” That is a great title for a man who is only known for that! I will die a happy man if that is all I am known for!

Loved ones, whatever road we take to get away from the pain of our lives that is the road He will seek to meet you. Even as we are walking away, He is walking after you, wanting to draw near and offer His companionship. Despite our efforts to keep Him out sometimes, He is the intruder of our lives. He intruded into the world through the virgin birth and continues to intrude into every life. He is the companion of our weary travels. Practice His presence because He’s alive! Secondly,

II.  The Living Christ is the Revealer of the Written Word (vv.17-27)

Though God intentionally kept them from recognizing Christ in this situation, it also seems like they too had a part. They didn’t recognize Him because they simply did not believe. Apparently they had expectations of Christ and as a result, they were blinded them from experiencing the real Christ.

If we are walking independently from Him, being self-sufficient, ignoring His Word and the application of it in our lives, we will surely be blind to His presence in our lives. We will keep our eyes from seeing Him. And even our own expectations of what we think Christ should be doing in our lives and when He should be doing it can also blind us from seeing Him. Am I so obsessed with the product of my life that I am missing what He is teaching me in the process? Am I always waiting for the next thing in my life and not experiencing Him in the present?

Notice Christ starts asking questions. Isn’t that so like God? “Adam, where are you?” (Gen. 3:9). And here, “What are you talking about?” Does He not know? Of course He knows. He is trying to get to their heart like He did with Adam. Sometimes the best of all learning devices is to create in the learner the need to know. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks (Matt 12:34). What is in your well comes out in your bucket. Your words are a good indicator of what is in your heart.

He uses the word “holding.” Other translations use “exchanging.” One commentator says this word “carries the idea of “to throw back and forth like a ball as in a game.”[10] Life without Christ’s presence is like playing a silly game. His question caused them to stop walking. Literally, they stood “with sad, sullen or gloomy faces (or expressions).”[11] He allows the sorrow to come out. Like a surgeon, He opens the wound, so He can heal it.

Then Cleopas almost rebukes Christ for being ignorant; i.e. wondering if this stranger has had his head in the sand the last few days (v.18). How ironic! Jesus is actually the only person who truly knew everything that happened and it happened to Him! Interestingly, we see that the death of Christ was big news in the land, not just a small incident. And Jesus in v.19 keeps asking further questions: “What things?”

In Luke 24:19-24, they share the sad story. Through it, we learn that they know some theology and are acquainted with Scripture. Jesus being called a prophet is an allusion to Deut. 18:15, where Moses prophesied that a true prophet would come one day. And they had believed Him to be that Prophet. However, this hope was smashed as they confess: “We had hoped He was the One to redeem Israel” (v.21). The imperfect tense here, literally “we were hoping,” expresses the ongoing character of this hope.[12]  You can sense their hearts are broken. They thought Jesus would release them from the tyranny of Rome and usher in an era of freedom. They also had heard of others experiences with supposedly a risen Christ as they share the testimony of the women that He was alive. And even some disciples who went to check out the tomb themselves and did not see Him (vv.22-24).

A lot of theology. A lot of Scripture. A lot of second-hand experience. Do you know what is scary? Hell will be full of people who thought Christianity was simply a collection of facts or doctrines to be learned instead of a reality to be experienced! It will be full of a lot of people who heard and saw a lot of second hand experiences, but never sought to experience Him for themselves. Hell will be full of a lot of people who had their parents’ faith and not their own. A lot of people who went to church, but never came to know the head of the church, Jesus Christ.

Jesus rebukes them in v.25. He calls them foolish and sluggish. They were lazy with His Word. He says the cause of their misery and sorrow is unbelief. And they did not believe because they were slow and sluggish to push forward to get into all of Scripture. What happened to these disciples is not that they didn’t read their Bible, but they only read the parts of the Bible they wanted to read. They were buffet believers, picking and choosing here and there. So they loved the parts of Scripture about the Messiah’s rule and reign, but they did not recognize the Messiah had to suffer for His people before He could reign. The key word here is “all.” They didn’t believe ALL of the Scripture. Notice that He does not rebuke them for not believing the testimony of the women or the testimony of the empty tomb. He rebukes them for not believing God’s Word.

This teaches us that people are accountable to what the Scriptures teach. Jesus doesn’t say, “You’re right. The Old Testament is really hard to understand.” While we might not understand everything in Scripture, Jesus here expects us to get the basic teaching that God has sent Jesus for our salvation. And if you ignore that today, hear the word of Jesus: “O foolish ones and slow of heart to believe!”

Jesus tells them that it is necessary (Luke loves to talk about God’s divine, sovereign purpose in everything—18x he uses “must” in this gospel) that before the crown, there had to be the cross. There is no triumph without this tragedy. And then He gives probably the greatest Bible conference/Bible study ever in all of mankind with these two disciples. I would have loved to walk with Him there on that road! How amazing it would have been to listen to the Word of God unpack Himself in His written Word!

What do you think He taught them? Perhaps He said, “The Christ is the greater Adam, succeeding where he failed. And He is the seed of the woman who have come to crush the head of the serpent. He is the ark of safety in Noah’s day. The Christ is the substitute ram when Abraham was going to kill his son. The Christ is the Passover lamb killed so my people could leave a life of slavery. He is the brazen serpent lifted up in Numbers and the bread from Heaven feeding His people. He is the fulfillment of all the offerings in Leviticus. He is the true prophet prophesied in Deuteronomy 18.

Christ is the captain of the Lord’s hosts in Joshua and the Messenger of the Lord in Judges. In Ruth, He is the true Kinsman Redeemer. He is the Great Judge in 1 Samuel and the Seed of David of 2 Samuel.  He is the Lord God of Israel of 1 Kings. Christ is the God of the Cherubim of 2 Kings. He is the God of our salvation in 1 Chronicles and He is the God of our fathers of 2 Chronicles. Christ is the Lord of Heaven and Earth of Ezra and He is the Greater Nehemiah, who not only wept over the ruins of His people, but became ruined for them so that He could rebuild them. Jesus is the God of Providence in Esther. He is the greater Job who had everything and lost it and regained it again.

He is the Great Shepherd of Psalm 23.  He is the Wisdom of God in the Proverbs and the One above the Sun of Ecclesiastes. He is the true Bridegroom of Song of Songs. He is the Virgin-born Immanuel and Suffering Servant of Isaiah. Jesus is the Righteous Branch of Jeremiah. He is the Compassionate One of Lamentations. He is the Lord Is There of Ezekiel. He is the Stone Cut w/o Hands of Daniel and the greater Hosea who marries an adulterous people. He is the God of the Battle of Joel and the Plumb line of Amos. He is the Destroyer of the Proud of Obadiah and the greater Jonah, cast into the storm of God’s wrath. He is the Bethlehem-Born of Micah and the Bringer of Good Tidings of Nahum. Jesus is the Anointed of Habakkuk and the God who rejoices over you of Zephaniah. He is the Desire of All Nations of Haggai, the Branch of Zechariah and the Sun of Righteousness of Malachi.”[13]

That must have been an incredible Bible study! And the more Jesus opened the Word, the faster their pulses raced.[14] And even though the sun outside was setting, light and heat in their hearts start to melt the confusion and depression away, like the morning sun melting frost on a cold day.

Here we see that the living Christ is the revealer of God’s Word. Notice they still do not know it is Christ. I think Jesus wants these two disciples and the church from then to the future ages to understand that they will need to make God’s Word their priority means of revelation. Pastor Kent Hughes agrees when he says, “I think they were divinely kept from recognizing Christ so they would base their understanding of the Resurrection squarely on the Scripture and not on experience.”[15] Jesus does not join in our journey and be our companion simply to pamper us and cuddle with us. He joins with us to reveal Himself to us through His Word and transform us. We have our own perceptions of our lives and misconceptions of who Christ is in light of our circumstances. He wants to change them and align everything we are to His Word.

So He nudges us, walks with us and points to His Word. You want to see life correctly? You want to see your trial correctly? You want to see your sin correctly? You want to see Him correctly? Start by letting Him reveal Himself to you in His Word. And He cannot reveal Himself to those who are content with how much Bible already attained. He can only fill an empty bucket. We can see they had a hunger for more without even knowing Christ was with them! (v.29).  He honors and blesses such desire.

Thirdly and lastly,

III.  The Living Christ is the Resurrecter of our Dead Faith (vv.28-35)

We pick up the story in v.28. It’s getting dark, perhaps 8 or 9 pm. Just as they reach their village, Jesus seems like He is continuing to walk. If it is modern day, I picture Him looking at His watch saying, “Well, it was nice to walk and talk with you,” extending a handshake. Is this a cruel joke? No I think this was another test. He had already created a hunger in their hearts and now He deepened their hunger by acting as if He was continuing on. Are they satisfied with the Bible study? You know, in the end, Jesus may butt into our lives and He may even confront us with the Word, but we must decide whether we want Him to stay with us or not.

They were not satisfied with Him leaving. The text says, “They urged Him strongly.” This word “urged,” has the idea of force. They were not going to let Him leave. Perhaps later they may have thought, “we were not going to let Him leave us at that point, because we realized when we first left on our journey and He joined us, He was showing us that He was not going to let us leave either.” So they tell Him, “It’s dark outside and it’s so late” (perhaps implying He might encounter robbers and thieves if He leaves alone). So He stays. See, the more we ask Jesus to reveal Himself to us, the deeper He will reveal Himself to us.

Now what would have happened if they did let Him go? They would have been left unchanged as two men playing the game of empty discussion, but still depressed, discouraged, hollow and most of all they would have still had a DEAD FAITH. J. Hampton Keathley says, “The Bible is truly living and active and sharper than a two-edged sword with the power to penetrate and change our lives, but unless we respond and seek fellowship with the Savior through its pages, we remain unchanged.”[16] I pray that we would be like these two disciples praying, “Lord, I want more of you. More of you after the service is over. More of you as I drive to work and while I’m at work. More of you when I am with my family. More of you when  I am alone.  More of you when I am tempted. More of you when I feel lazy. Stay with me Lord.  I want more of you at my school, walking down the hallways. I want more of you as I meet and talk with my friends and co-workers who don’t know you. Turn my ordinary place into a meeting place with you.”

That is the power of the resurrection. Jesus resurrects dead faith over and over again. So they begin to recline and prepare to have a meal together.  This is the eighth meal in Luke, with the Last Supper, a sad meal, being the seventh one. Seven is the number of completion and now the eighth meal suggests that God is doing something new here as a result of Jesus’ resurrection! Praise God for new beginnings!

Here Jesus, the invited guest, becomes the host. He takes the bread into His hands, lifts it up in gratitude to God and gave it to them. Some scholars say that at this point, they might have seen the scars in His hands which in combination with the recreation of the feeding of the 5,000 miracle, triggered something in their hearts. Wait a minute! This is not just a traveling companion or even a guest at our table, but the RISEN LORD HIMSELF! They finally see Him for themselves and realize that all of this time they had been with the One they were discussing about!

Theologian N.T. Wright makes an amazing connection here to Adam and Eve. Look at the interesting language by Luke in v.31: “And their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him.” Remember Adam and Eve in the garden? The first couple, called to be God’s image-bearers to be His representatives to the world, who once walked with God in fellowship with Him, failed as upon their sin, “the eyes of both were opened, and they knew they were naked” (Gen. 3:7). Their sin brought shame and sorrow and the presence of God was lost. Luke is possibly showing us that here in the resurrection, God is reversing things with this couple (which may mean in fact that it was Cleophas and his wife?). They too stand in sorrow, hopeless, lost and then Jesus, having died and resurrected for their sin, breaks into the scene, now walks and talks with them as God did before, and opens their eyes not to see shame and sin, but HIM! And once again we will see they become His image bearers again bringing good news of His restoration to a fallen world.[17] The living Christ resurrects our dead faith and our dead hearts!

I don’t know if Luke is intending this to be an allusion for us to see the Communion table here or not. It doesn’t really matter. Regardless, remember that disclosure of Christ always occurs in the context of intimacy with Him. Only once they invited Him to stay did He reveal Himself to them. Loved ones, if you truly invite Jesus into your life, He will not settle to be just a sideliner and unseen guest. He will want to take over! Keathley adds, “He comes in to take charge and to lead in our fellowship that He might minister, lead, feed and sustain. He leads, we follow.”[18] The guest becomes the host! Not only that, He is a gracious host, ministering to you!

And just as they recognize Him, He’s gone. I wonder if Cleophas says at this point, “You can’t nail Him down in any one place!” and his friend (or his wife) probably interjects and quickly completes that sentence: “Yes…any better than you can nail Him up on a cross!” And look how they respond to this whole situation in v. 32: “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while He opened to us the Scriptures?” Do you know how you know Jesus visited you? Your heart burns for His Word. This is holy heartburn. This is the kind of heartburn you want to have. Notice they are not blown away by how Jesus manages to appear and disappears as He pleases. They are rocked by how the Word warms and transforms burdened hearts! May it be so of us!

Notice also that they do not say that their hearts burned because of this truth or that truth. Their hearts burned “while He talked to us.” It is important to know Bible facts, verses and truth, but never apart from intimacy with Him.[19] And I love that they realized Jesus talked to them where? “on the road.” Again, we have the resurrection message here that God is a God of draws near and offers companionship. Listen to Keathley: “He is not only the Christ of heaven at God’s right hand, but indeed, He is the Christ of the way, the Christ of our daily walk whether on the road, in the office, or at home, wherever. Indeed, we can’t do without Him in the heavenly sanctuary at God’s right hand, but how wonderful to know he is also the companionable Christ, the Christ of the way, the Christ of our everyday path, with all our trials, frustrations, sin and failures, victories and joys.”[20]

Then in the last few verses we see another evidence that Christ has truly visited these followers. They don’t wait another second.  They leave to make another seven-mile road trip possibly on foot to get back to Jerusalem to tell others that Jesus lives! Wow. The living Christ resurrects dead faith. Do you need Him to resurrect some dead things in your life? He can do it!

Conclusion

I really don’t think all the details of probably every question Cleopas and his companion had were answered by Christ here. When Jesus breaks into our lives as the companion of our weary travels, He might not always tell us exactly why certain hopes we believed would come true didn’t. And why suffering we prayed would be relieved wasn’t. And why questions we asked to be answered weren’t.

But one thing I can tell you for sure from my own experience. In this weary journey of life, as He meets me in the Scriptures to show me Himself and His draws Himself close to me when I abide with Him has meant more to me than my understanding of my life. Seeing Him when life doesn’t make sense is better than not seeing Him when life does.

We have some questions to close here this Resurrection Sunday. Am I aware that Jesus is my companion of my weary travels? Do I see that despite my failures, doubts, laziness, confusion and sin, He still makes Himself available to reach me, no matter how far I am walking away from Him? He is the companion of my weary travels. Secondly, am I lazy with God’s Word? Has sluggishness lead to unbelief in my heart, where I don’t trust Him? Am I in God’s Word to meet Him and have intimacy with Him or do I have expectations of Jesus that is not in accordance with Scripture? Am I consumed with demands that He meet for my future that I am missing Him now in the present? And lastly, is Jesus just a traveling companion I meet here and there or is he is the One in the private spaces of my life, revealing Himself to me and having fellowship with me and ministering to me? Do I need Him to reignite and rekindle my heart for Him again, so that I can run and tell others that HE IS ALIVE?!

Loved ones, one day we will see Him with our own eyes as we heard on Friday. These two had a meal with Jesus, but He left, reminding Him that though He is alive, He will be relating to them eventually as the invisible Christ through His Spirit living in their hearts. So life right now will feel like living as if you your best friend or spouse is gone away for a long time. It’s like having meals with a spot always open, in memory. But one day there will be a meal called the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Rev. 19:1ff). Those who have received Him will eat with Him forever and He will rejoice over us a groom rejoices over his bride (Is. 62:5). He will walk with us forever and talk with us forever, never to leave us again or we leave Him again.


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[1]Olsen, Ted. “Why ‘Easter?’” http://www.christianitytoday.com/ch/news/2004/why.htmlaccessed 19 April 2011.

[2]Taylor, Paul S. “Where did ‘Easter’ get its name? Where did the concept of an Easter egg and bunny originate?”   http://www.christiananswers.net/q-eden/edn-t020.html#3 accessed 19 April 2011.

[3]Ibid. 

[4]As quoted in “Session One: Do we neglect the resurrection?” http://raisedwithchrist.net/study-guide/partone/ accessed 20 April 2011. 

[5]Water, M. (2000). The New Encyclopedia of Christian Quotations (864). Alresford, Hampshire: John Hunt Publishers Ltd.

[6]Keathley, J. Hampton. “Christ our Companion,” http://bible.org/article/christ-our-companion-luke-2413-35 accessed 20 April 2011. 

[7]Ibid. 

[8]Ibid. 

[9]Marshall, I. H. (1978). The Gospel of Luke: A Commentary on the Greek Text. The New International Greek Testament Commentary (893). Exeter [Eng.: Paternoster Press.

[10]Keathley, Ibid. 

[11]Ibid. 

[12]Bock, D. L. (1996). Luke Volume 2: 9:51-24:53. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (1913). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books.

[13]Adapted from  Willington’s Book of Bible Lists.

[14]Hughes, R. K. (1998). Luke: That you may know the truth. Preaching the Word (410). Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books.

[15]Ibid.

[16]Ibid. 

[17]Wright, N.T. (1999). The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was and Is (163-164).  IVP Press: Downer’s Grove, IL.

[18]Keathley, Ibid.

[19]Ibid. 

[20]Ibid.

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