April 7, 2018: The Promise of Joy Confirmed

Luke 24:40-45 (NIV)
40  When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet.
41  And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”
42  They gave him a piece of broiled fish,
43  and he took it and ate it in their presence.
44  He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”
45  Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.

 

How could they believe such a thing, God dying on the cross and then rising from the dead three days later.  This did not fit into any paradigm anyone had even dreamed about.  How could they possibly believe such an unbelievable account?

Watch as Jesus begins to lead his disciples to the place where they could believe.  They were overjoyed but many of them thought this was only a dream it was too good to be true.

Jesus, knowing their thoughts, asked for a piece of fish and they watched him take the piece and eat.  Ghosts do not eat real food, they only eat “soul” food.  (Sorry I could not let this opportunity to use some holy humor.)

He eats and they all watch, yet still many could not accept what their eyes were seeing.  He takes them a little closer and begins to remind them of all the Scriptures that taught of his coming into the world to die.  He takes them on another short walk through the Old Testament as he did the Emmaus road disciples.

They were now sitting before the master as he taught from the Scripture the things concerning himself and still they could not accept it to be true for them.  Why would God do this for them?  They had all forsook him and fled when he was arrested.  They could not stay the course for even a few hours and now here he was telling them of his grace and mercy expressed for them on the cross.

The truth was they couldn’t handle the truth, it was too high above them.  They did not have any categories in their mind for such amazing grace.

Then Jesus takes the next step.  The Scriptures record that he opened their minds so they could believe.  Do you see it now church?  This gospel that we proclaim is not something any man or woman could ever conjure up.  It is not something any man or woman would ever be able to believe.  It is too far beyond them.

What hope is there for us to believe this truth?  How can we be assured we will ever be able to grasp this amazing truth?  Our confidence comes in the next phrase, “Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.”

Before Christ rescued me the Bible was a dead book, it meant nothing and held no attraction for me but when I was embraced by the love of God, the Spirit of God opened my mind and I could understand the scriptures.

This truth that has come from heaven is unbelievable so it necessitates the power of the Holy Spirit to open our minds to be able to receive it.

My eyes are open now and what I see is unbelievable,

 

Pastor Phil

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