by Christina Farris
11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.
12 Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.
13 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.
14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened.
15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.
16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.
17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?
18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?
19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:
20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.
21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.
22 Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre;
23 And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.
24 And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.
25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?
27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
28 And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.
29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.
30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.
31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
33 And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them,
34 Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.
35 And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread. Continuing from yesterday, the woman seemed to be telling idle tales, or untruths, but Peter final got up and went to the sepulchre to see for himself. The tomb was found empty. We must stop there for what was going through Peter's mind at that moment, all the words Jesus had spoke, in his mind he would of been still in a daze and a shock to some degree of all that had taken place. Yet his mind would still be reeling in regards to all those events, and wondering whether it was possible for Jesus to have risen. I reflecting to the point is Jesus charged with a crime, is he worthy to be in the present and resurrected by God himself? We think of God's holiness, and his desire for his people's holiness, so how could from man' way of thinking/laws see Jesus as being risen. Then the reality comes that if Jesus is risen, then God loves man more then the laws created for them and also by God and man. Faith always been the call of God for salvation, and not the obedience to the law of man, but the law of God required in the since of loving God first and for most and then others. If you hate your brother or sister how can you love God.(Taken from scripture in I John, take time to read it confused, it is an easy read). Jesus all the way to the cross and on that cross continue to love those who persecuted him. None of us are God, sooner or later we snap to the anger someone causes us. How we deal with it comes with either continue anger or a time of healing of the soul because Christ first loved us.
Two disciples of Jesus beared witness Jesus was alive on the road of Emmaus. Peter and Cleopas(who was the husband of one of the four Mary's in the New Testament). Jesus on that road blinded them in not knowing who he was. He talked to them long enough to espound or communicate scripture both from the time of Moses to current time of when he taught them while they were with them about himself. The prophesy of old burning in their hearts as they listen to Jesus. When Jesus broke the bread they knew who he was. With that Jesus disappeared. Peter how he could not help but tell the story because after his denial Jesus spoke to him.
The two disciples ran back to Jerusalem and came to the upper room where the other disciples were to tell and to bear witness to the disciples that Jesus was risen. Would this been enough for you to believe? I know the Gospel stories and I think of books many people read that are science fiction and so forth. I wonder if this happened in our day in time would we believe. The time period that it happened in, when people walked or rode a horse/donkey was a much simpler time then now. If study of psychology and other things would this story seem likely. After all it is not hard to convience a crowd of almost anything. Yet what makes Jesus real even today. Is it the miracles that occur, is it the life change of the one's that believe, or is it the answer to impossibility that Jesus brings to the table of human life. Is the hope of eternal life enough? The prophesy of ancient world grab us to our hearts from the time before Christ and the evidence of prophesy come to life? The point being the evidence of eternal life comes with prophesy, but the evidence of Jesus comes through signs and miracles today. The impossible being possible, and not always the way we imagine or request but by the will of God alone in our life for our better tomorrow.
It is the burning of our hearts when God speaks to us as he did with the disciples. If the Bible is just a book, why should our hearts burn with the knowledge of God and sin. Why would there be an convicting power of sin if the Holy Spirit did not exist, and the word given alone. It is God the convicts our hearts, It is God that changes and moves us through the evidence of the Gospel of Jesus, and it is the burning of our hearts concerning the truth of the prophetic message recorder so long ago that came to pass. It is the story of those that were with Jesus that seen him resurrected.
Dear Father, may you be our convictor by your Spirit that we know your will and salvation for life through Christ Jesus. That you hold the knowledge for us to believe. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:1 Corinthians 15:1-8 KJV
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.