Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Resurrection

I was reading Luke 24 this morning. Its fab. Jesus had just faced the worse suffering ever known. Hanging on the cros in unbearable physcial pain, but with the far greater torment of having his Father abandon him, taking the wrath of God for us. He died. In Luke 24, two of this disciples are wandering along the road to Emmaus, completely downcast. They had not understood what was happening on the cross. All they knew was that they had hoped that Jesus was The One - the Messiah. He'd certainly appeared that way on earth, healing the sick, teaching with authority, even raising the dead. But now, he'd gone. All there hopes were dashed. They'd hoped Jesus would be the one to save them, but how could he save them now, he was dead, all his words were obviously hollow promises. They were telling all these things to a stranger who was walking with them on the road. Except it was no stranger. It was Jesus - risen and alive. They did not recognise him, but he explained how the Bible pointed towards him. When he broke bread wtih them, they recognised him. Then they realised who he was, and they're whole mindset changed. No logner were they downcast - but full of joy. Jesus was alive -they had hope - his words were not empty - his promises could be trusted. He'd proved that by rising again. Resurrection and joy follows hardships and suffering. And because Jesus rose again, we can know that we also will be raised up - resurrection and joy will follow our hardship and suffering on this earth.
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 2 Corinithans 4:17

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