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After Easter

Pastor Rev. Mike Shiery

Pilgrim Bible Church

West Pine street, Cedar Springs

 

In Luke 24: 13-35 we find an interesting story. The Crucifixion of Jesus is finally over. The pain and suffering of the Savior have ended. His disciples and friends are reeling over this turn of events, still trying to wrap their mind and emotions around what has transpired, when yet another astonishing event grabs their attention.

Some of the women arranged to go to His burial spot to work to try to help preserve Jesus’ body and dignify His grave as best they could. However, they returned from this errand in a high state of excitement, telling everyone who would listen of an encounter with angels who announced that Jesus had risen from the dead. And to back up the story, the stone covering the tomb was rolled away and there was no sign of Jesus. 

Later on that day, two other followers of Jesus, were walking to the village of Emmaus, when Jesus joined them on the journey. For quite some time they were unaware of His identity as they told Him of their sorrow, disillusionment, and confusion. Jesus responded by pointing out Scriptures that spoke of His death and resurrection, and finally at the end of the conversation, they recognized Him.

There are a couple of thoughts that encourage us as we look at this story. First, Jesus will meet you even if you are going the wrong way. These followers of Jesus were in the midst of trying to sort out everything that had happened. For whatever reason, in the process of doing so, they were leaving Jerusalem and heading toward the village of Emmaus. They were heading away from the other disciples, from their support system, and from the events of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Yet, in the midst of their confusion, even as they were leaving behind their network of friends, Jesus came to meet them.

Sometimes we experience life circumstances that cause us to want to walk away from all the things we know and the people who could help us. It is easy to allow ourselves, as a result of disappointment and sorrow, to isolate ourselves from family, friends, church, and God at a time when we need them the most. Thankfully, God moves to meet us even when we are trying to run away. 

Secondly, when God does meet us it is not with anger and condemnation, but rather with hope and grace. Yes, Jesus did gently chide His friends for their lack of faith, but then He went on to encourage them and strengthen them in their faith.

Friends, remember that we have a friend in Jesus, who understands our emotions, our ups and downs, and comes at our darkest moments to restore hope and joy in to our lives. As the songwriter once said, “Standing somewhere in the shadows you’ll find Jesus.”

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