Can you imagine how you would feel to be talking about Jesus only to have him appear in your midst? That’s what happened to the disciples and the two men who had returned from Emmaus.
While they were explaining Jesus’ various resurrection appearances, he came to his disciples.
— Luke 24.36-43 – While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost.
He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?
Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”
And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.
While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?”
They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.
First-century Middle Eastern people believed in ghosts, but they were completely unable to conceive of a crucified and resurrected Messiah.
It was more plausible for Jesus’ followers to believe they had seen a ghost than a resurrected Lord.
Jesus frequently challenged their lack of faith, and this was no exception. The disciples demonstrated their need for the Holy Spirit, which was to fall upon them in a few weeks.
The Holy Spirit would transform their inner self and enable them to have great faith.
Jesus went to great lengths to convince his friends that he had risen. He showed them his hands and feet, and then ate a piece of fish.
Just like Jesus’ first followers, we need revelation and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Our loving Lord desires to reveal himself to us and to empower us to fully follow him.
A Full Revelation
Jesus drew from what he had previously taught the disciples to explain his mission and theirs.
— Luke 24.44-49 – Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.”
Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them,
“Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day,
“And that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
“You are witnesses of these things.
“And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
What Jesus revealed to the assembled men and women is still the “marching orders” for his church 2000 years later.
(1) People who live a Jesus-kind-of-life will live in self-giving love.
(2) When people turn around from walking away from God and begin walking with him, their sins will be forgiven.
Our walk with God enables him to give us the best life possible.
Helping other people experience God’s love through Jesus is our mission.
(3) Jesus told us to be witnesses. We are to tell the truth of what he has done for us.
(4) The Holy Spirit will give us wisdom, guidance, and power to fulfill God’s agenda for us.
Rudy Ross and I discuss the breaking of bread that took place at Emmaus. We also discuss the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. This can be found on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel.
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