Easter is not over, Part I
One of the reasons we know the resurrection to be true is that we have so many different accounts of it. Jesus appeared to many different people in different times and places.
On Easter Sunday, two of the disciples were walking on the road to Emmaus when they were joined by a stranger. Notice what happens next:
Scripture: Luke 24:13-27 (NLT)
That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem. As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. But God kept them from recognizing him. He asked them, “What are you discussing so intently as you walk along?” They stopped short, sadness written across their faces. Then one of them, Cleopas, replied, “You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard about all the things that have happened there the last few days.” "What things?” Jesus asked. “The things that happened to Jesus, the man from Nazareth,” they said. “He was a prophet who did powerful miracles, and he was a mighty teacher in the eyes of God and all the people. But our leading priests and other religious leaders handed him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified him. We had hoped he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel. This all happened three days ago. “Then some women from our group of his followers were at his tomb early this morning, and they came back with an amazing report. They said his body was missing, and they had seen angels who told them Jesus is alive! Some of our men ran out to see, and sure enough, his body was gone, just as the women had said.” Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?” Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
The disciples were sad, confused, and heartbroken. Their teacher and their friend had died; and yet, Jesus calls them “foolish.” Why?
Had they not been listening? Jesus had been teaching about the events of Good Friday and Easter for three years before they happened. Over and over again he explained to his followers that he must suffer and die, and on the third day be lifted up. Yet they simply didn’t get it.
Have you noticed how often we see what we want to see and hear what we want to hear? We can sometimes be totally deaf and blind, even to the beautiful truth of God’s power in our lives. The good news of God was right there with them, walking beside them on the road to Emmaus. The risen Christ was with them, except they couldn’t see him! It was Jesus the whole time!
Lord, open our eyes! Give us the vision to see that you have been with us this whole time. Make us quick to believe your word and to trust you more than we trust even ourselves.
God of eyes and ears, open our eyes so that we can see you, and open our ears so that we can hear you. God of hearts, open our hearts to receive the warmth of your love by the power of your Holy Spirit. Forgive us when we are slow to recognize you in our midst. Give us the peace to know that you are with us now and forever. We pray in Jesus’s name. Amen.