Resurrect Your Dreams // Easter 2019
Today, we celebrate the ultimate victory of Jesus over every obstacle you will ever encounter in your life. We celebrate the validation of Jesus as God’s holy Son by His resurrection from the dead. We acknowledge Him as being in a unique place of honor in the life of every single person living on earth. Since His resurrection validates Him as God and Messiah, then He should be – must be honored in your life as Lord. Each one of us will be judged regarding how we respond to Who He is.
Those are factual observations regarding Easter or Resurrection Day. Instead of looking at Jesus’ life, let’s take a look at the second appearance Jesus made after He rose for it is in this incidence that we see resurrection power at work in the life of people like you. After the discovery of the empty tomb, the disciples remained in seclusion and doubt. In honesty, the first sight of the empty tomb did nothing to change the despair of the disciples. It probably just made things worse.
Hear we pick up the story in Luke 24.
Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him.
He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”
They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
“What things?” he asked.
“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”
He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
/// Luke 24:13-27
The two men that are on the way to Emmaus have a few realities to deal with.
- They have been disappointed by religion.
What appeared to be a story of promise had ended in a dead end. In the face of the realities of life and death, religion had ended in a tomb and if it didn’t have the power to endure what happens in this life, how can it be depended upon to take someone beyond this life?
- They have heard the stories of spiritual power but have not seen it themselves.
All they know is that the story of Jesus remains alive because of an empty tomb. They have heard of the experiences of others who say He is alive but are afraid to associate themselves with such a crazy notion.
- They would rather distance themselves from the story than consider the ramifications of the claims about Jesus.
A disappointing history with religion and the crazy talk of people who have spiritual experiences scare them. But what scares them more than anything else – secretly scares them so much that they choose ignorance and self-reliance is the remote possibility that this might be true. Good God! IF this is true, can you imagine the changes that are going to have to happen in my life? It’s too much to consider. Too many empty promises…Too many broken dreams…Too many fears to be faced…Too many people to please. Another chance at failure. Maybe if we pretend it’s not really real?
Jesus appears to the two. They don’t recognize Him….their eyes are restrained better translated – their eyes exercised power over their ability to know Him. Seeing is believing after all! Jesus asks them: “Why are you were where are?” So, they explained it to Him – the failure of religion, the unreliability of spiritual experience and the weirdness of those who profess it, and the fear regarding Jesus’ claims of lordship. But there is one thing that must be dealt with – one thing that they must decide what to do with: His voice.
He is speaking to them whether they recognize Him or not. He is taking them past the faults of religion back to the Word of God. He is telling them that knowing Him is the beginning of all true spiritual experience. He does not tell them that there is nothing to fear because there is without knowing Him. But He calls them to live life beyond the fear of losing their lives, or losing their dignity, or living in the bondage of what others think and believe. You see, believing is seeing. How can you know something when you really don’t believe in it? How can we know that we don’t really believe in Jesus? We know it by the way that we live. You can say what you want about your beliefs but your life tells the real story and no one will ever have to convict you about your unbelief, your life will do that on its own.
Today is not really about the resurrection of Jesus. Don’t get mad but just listen. Today is not about the resurrection of Jesus its about your own. The resurrection of Jesus is God’s way of reaching out to you. This is the year for you to resurrect the dream of a life of purpose, love, and eternal security.
Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. /// John 17:7
Everyone say, “Believing is seeing!” Today, you’ve heard His voice. Now do you want to see Him?
- Luke 24:13-27
- John 17:7
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