Sunday - April 15th, 2018

From Hesitating Joy to Everlasting Joy

As they came near the village to which they were going, he (Jesus) walked ahead as if he were going on. 29But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” 33That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” 35Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread. While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 37They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. 38He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39Look 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.” 40And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43and he took it and ate in their presence. 44Then 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.” 45Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of

these things. 49And 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.” (Luke 24:28-49, NRSV)

Jesus appears in the midst of their meal
He joins them and as he speaks their eyes are opened

They had heart burn and rushed to the 11 Jesus speaks Peace in the midst of their fear and worry

(v41) How can this be?
How else might this be written?

* while in joy they had fear and trembling
* while in joy they were certain this was a joke * while in joy they were in shock and awe
* while in joy they were hopeful and convicted

What is your response to Jesus’ resurrection in your life?

For us Easter Sunday/Weekend has passed but the power of the resurrection of Christ still remains in our world. He keeps showing up in the places where we are looking, praying, and hoping he will. He even shows up in places that we aren’t looking and aren’t ready. He’s ready to resurrect our doubt and fear into faith and boldness/power. He is ready to transform our hesitating joy into an everlasting joy. 

 

Growing Deeper in Faith -

READ -

  • *  Psalm 4 at least 3 times. Look at it in several

    translations. (Check www.biblegateway.org for options)

  • *  Read Luke 24 and think about the difference between Psalm 4 and Luke 24:41.

    REFLECT -

  • *  When do you feel that God speaks to you most often -

    day or night?

  • *  Do you ever think about why God has set you apart for

    himself? (v.3)

  • *  What are “right” sacrifices (v.5) and do you offer them?

    REPENT-
    * Father, Thanks so much for loving and caring for me. Thanks so much for coming to earth to save and renew all of creation including me. Let me find an everlasting joy by daily turning to you and walking in your light. Amen.

    RENEW-
    * “You have put gladness in my heart...(Psalm 4:7).” Say

    that 10 times to yourself and 5 times to somebody else today.

    RESTART-
    * Set out to live a day with the joy of the Lord constantly on your mind. After you can do that for a whole day, try and make it two days and then a week. Let your goal be to live always with joy for the Lord because he rejoices in you.