On the day of his resurrection, two men on their way to Emmaus were accosted by Jesus but his identity was not revealed to them. He inquired of them about the point of their discussion and they told him about the event that happened in the last 3 days how a man called Jesus who they thought could have been the Messiah was killed by the elders and how his resurrection was reported that morning. Jesus rebuked their ignorance and explained to them from the scriptures that the messiah needed to go through all that and then taken into glory. When they got to their destination, they urged him to spend the night with them being late and while at dinner, he took the bread, broke it and gave thanks, immediately their eyes were opened and his identity was revealed but he vanished from their sight. They remembered how their heart was burning when he expounded the scriptures, immediately they returned to Jerusalem and narrated their experience to the disciples.
While they were discussing this Jesus appeared to them, they were frightened and startled but he assured them he was not a ghost, showed them his hands and feet and even ate in their presence. He equally opened their minds to understand the scriptures and what was written about him and what He told them while he was with them. He gave them a commission and instructed them to remain in the city until they be clothed with power according to the promise of the father. He led them out of the city to Bethany and while he was speaking to them and pronouncing blessings on them he was lifted up and ascended into heavens. The disciples returned to Jerusalem with great joy.
Just like the two men in this scripture a lot of people today still doubt the fact that Jesus is alive even in the midst of daunting evidence. He appeared to the disciples and to many with infallible proofs and was seen by many. With all of these, it is expected that no one should doubt the His immortality and divinity but many today still do not believe, some are still expecting the Messiah, while some see this as just a fairy story. The truth is that Jesus died and resurrected to fulfill his mandate to deliver us from our sins and rescue us from the bondage of satan. As many that can believe this, to them he gave the power to become the sons of God. Do you believe?
I believe that Jesus is the Christ and I confess him as my Lord and savior
Reading – Luke 24:19-53
19 “What things?” he asked.
“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place.22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”
25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?”27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.
30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.
Jesus Appears to the Disciples
36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
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. 46 He told them,“This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day,47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations,beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
The Ascension of Jesus
50 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. 52 Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. 53 And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.