Watch how the disciples waited after Jesus came-
Jesus dies and these guys immediately retreat in to hiding. Why? Fear.
These guys spent three years with Jesus, physically with Jesus, and He told them what would happen. Even after everything they were hiding.
Jesus is buried in the tomb and on the third day scripture tells us that the women went with spices they had prepared to honor His body… only He wasn’t there. He had risen.
The women return and tell the men in hiding who are unable to fathom their words because they think it sounds like nonsense to them. (Luke 24)
As we continue in Luke 24, we reach a story very special to me- The Road to Emmaus (my firstborn is named from this story). Two disciples are walking the path discussing and arguing about all the events that had taken place. Side note to point out, external response is a reflection of internal emotion- can you imagine that these guys were feeling + thinking? What if we were wrong about Jesus? How could this have happened? Everything that we thought is done, gone, over, what do we do now? We left our livelihoods for this, where do we go from here? What will people think after we have traveled and preached His name + the Kingdom coming for the last three years? They were probably navigating everything.
Scripture tells us that a man approaches on the road walking the same path as they disciples. This man begins to inquire about their arguing and discussion. The disciples are in disbelief that this stranger doesn’t know what has happened to the Messiah. Jesus goes the whole way with them and at evening when they have arrived the two disciples ask Jesus to join them for a meal + spend the night. He agrees and as they recline to dinner, vs. 30, “And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight.”
Vs. 31, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” 33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem”
Hope enters. Their perspective refocuses. The purpose ignites.
These men, immediately rise and return to tell the others. I literally have goosebumps thinking about them running back, sprinting at times to tell the others what has just happened. Why? Because the news of Jesus changes everything.
Jumping ahead towards the end of Luke 24 the Emmaus disciples are back and as they are telling the others Jesus appears, “Peace to you” vs. 36.
Vs. 38- “And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?”
Vs. 45- 49, “Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for[c] the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”
Jesus leads them out as far as Bethany, He blesses them and He ascends into Heaven.
“After they worshipped Him they returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they were continually in the temple praising God.”
They returned to their old environment different. What changed? The Holy Spirit had not yet come, no additional training had taken place, their minds were opened to both see and understand the scriptures and the purpose for their lives. To make Jesus’ name known.
We are in heavy times- I have battled fear more in the last two years than ever before in my life. The Holy Spirit continues to remind me of a few things as I wait.
- The Source Matters- Who + what is filling me each day? Am I starting with Jesus? With worship + prayer? If not, then I have gotten off track and this changes immediately.
- What Do I Believe? When I look at the world, at leaders, at news sources, it really feels overwhelming, too much. But the reality is, if I believe God’s Word is the ultimately truth, then I need to believe that He is greater than all of it and has a plan through every part of it.
- Ask the Father- If the disciples could have their minds be closed, so can mine. As I read this passage I began praying, “Father, open my mind that I may see You, know You, and hear You at a greater level than what I do today. Do not withhold anything from me, but make me ready. I am Your vessel- use me.”
After I prayed I asked myself this question and I want to ask it to you as an encouragement to journal about it-
Am I waiting with the joy the disciples had AFTER Jesus blessed them + opened their minds, or am I waiting with the world in hiding with fear and question as I see the events in our world unfolding?