"Now on the same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were keep from recognizing Him. And He said to them, 'What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?' They stood still, looking sad. ... 'The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed Him over to be condemned to death and crucified Him. But we had hoped that He was the One to redeem Israel' " (Luke 24:13-21)
"But we had hoped" - what sad words that reveal the brokenness of their hearts and hopes. They had had expectant faith and passionate zeal. They had walked in deep intimacy with the Son of God and seen great and awesome things they never expected to see. Yet now in this moment, they were standing still and looking sad.
Something stirred in their hearts as they heard news that the tomb was empty (v. 24:22-23). But rather than being encouraged with resurrection hope and celebration of Your resurrection power, the news of the empty tomb without the manifest Presence of the risen Savior seemed to only stir up more confusion and discouragement. They still lacked resurrection faith.
"Then He said to them, 'Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into His glory?' Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, He interpreted to them the things about Himself in all the Scriptures" (v. 24:25-27).
As they listened to Your words and pressed in to Your Presence, "their eyes were opened, and they recognized (You)" (v. 24:28-31). Their "hearts were burning within (them)" in their resurrection encounter (v. 24:32).
Lord Jesus, fill my heart with resurrection hope. Whenever my faith is weak and I find myself questioning Your prophetic words or confused about Your divine revelations, remind me of Your resurrection power. Draw near to me in Your resurrected Presence until my heart again burns within me. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
Come to The Mountain next Monday, April 16th, 7pm, to hear Henry Gruver speak of his prophetic insights, travelling the nations in prayer. Henry's love for Israel and understanding of end time events will make this a special evening for everyone. Hosted at:Lexington First Assembly Church
2780 Clays Mill Rd (corner of Clays Mill and Pasadena)
(In the Ministry Building directly behind the church)
The Mountain is the weekly Prayer Group for Israel, led by Bob & Doris McCray of our Messiah Ministries Board of Directors.
Be empowered, equipped, and encouraged to fulfill your destity in Christ!Tommy & Sylvia Hays | Messiah Ministries
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