Oh the Joy of our salvation in Christ Jesus. Even as we would anticipate the future of our own new born and what his future might bring, let us do so with Christ, knowing what His future did bring!
- As I began in prayer I asked where to read. The Spirit said, “Just open it.” (my bible)
I opened to Luke 23:28 – 24:53. I was not sure where to read. I was hopping around a little confused. Then verse 24:25-26, Jesus speaking, became my focus.
Luke 24:25-27 (NASB)
25 And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!
26 “Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.
Jesus is on the road to Emmaus, walking with and speaking to disciples who are troubled over all that has occurred in Jerusalem. They were with those who heard the testimony of the women saying “He is not in the tomb, He is risen!” They know the men who went to the tomb to also find it empty.
“O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!”
Then there is what Jesus said.
Matthew 28:10 (KJV)
10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.”
Here these two disciples are on the road to Emmaus not Galilee! They are heading west not north toward the region of the Sea of Galilee. Is this unbelief? Yet Christ, in His mercy is about to rock their world.
Are we remembering the prophets and all they have told us? God was speaking to us as He did through Jesus. Our future is proclaimed in the past.
I asked the Lord, “How do You know the end from the beginning?” “In the beginning I speak it. My word always accomplishes that which it is sent forth to do.”
Shall we be foolish? Shall we be unbelieving? Is it Godlessness to be in unbelief? If so is it not mercy that God meets us on the road of unbelief in order to turn us around?
“Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?”
Why were they troubled? Unbelief! That’s how Jesus saw it.
So in our future has He not said and has He not prophesied our trials and tribulations? Is it not necessary for us to suffer these things and to enter into our glory, in Him?
Do not fear the suffering for it is your glory in Him! It is the “fellowship” of Christ’s sufferings.
We have rejoiced in His birth. Let us rejoice in the certain carnal death that was as certain for Him as it must be for us!
Let us begin with death to the old self and look to the certain reward of the new self in Him. Let us rise from the dead into newness of life in Spirit and Truth!
Jesus also learned from the Prophets and Moses. More and more He embraced the future by accepting the present and all that was meant to be in that which was foretold regarding His momentary plight before flight.
Oh the glory He has afforded us who will arise and awaken to everlasting righteousness; we who will do so because we had insight by the Holy Spirit, because we saw through the Lord’s own experience to our own. Amen and amen!
The road to Emmaus was a road to unbelief. Those same disciples got up the same hour (after Jesus vanished before their eyes) and returned to Jerusalem to tell of the Lord’s resurrection. They returned to a path of belief encouraging the others. So be it for us.
Christians around the world must become followers, seeing the prophecies for the insight they are meant to provide.
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