[A message by PASTOR BAYO ADEWOLE at Digging for Gold and Holy Communion Service on Tuesday, December 11, 2018]
Reference Scripture: Luke 24:13-35
After the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday, the disciples forgot that on Easter Sunday, there would be a resurrection. They were not totally new to the prophecy concerning Jesus, but their reaction under pressure was disturbing. Too many things happened within the last three days of their time with Jesus, and they were wondering if the promises He made to them that He was the Saviour was true. They began to converse and reason with one another to the extent that they got frustrated not knowing what to do. Out of pressure, they decided to leave Jerusalem on a journey to Emmaus - a place where there was no peace. This story can be likened to events going on in the world. So much negative news is reported all around us that has caused many people to be discouraged, disappointed and dissatisfied. Some of us are probably in the despair of life, we are asking questions that are not scriptural about the manifestation of the promises, and we are about to embark on a journey of nowhere. You might be tired of these situations, but know that you are not exempt from the challenges of life. Unknown to the disciples, Jesus joined them and they were so consumed with what they were saying that they did not recognise who joined them, because the Bible says their eyes were restrained. What kind of conversations are you having? Are you beginning to doubt the Scriptures? These things must happen so that God would be glorified.
LESSONS TO GLEAN FROM LUKE 24
- The eyes of the disciples were restrained, and their vision became darkened such that they could not see. They lost their sense of direction because of the challenges of life. Their eyes were still close, but Jesus was listening to their conversation, and He showed up for them. When things do not happen the way we want them to happen, our vision dims, and we seem to loose sense of direction. Challenges are part of life, but be of good cheer (John 16:33).
- Their conversation was an uninformed one. They talked without referring to the Word of God, but they based all they were going through on the physical. Meanwhile, they were spiritual beings. As a Christian, the things happening to you in the physical is not the end of the world. Things happening in the physical has already happened in the spiritual but because of our lack of direction, we cannot discern them before they manifest. This also happened to the disciples and Jesus was shocked, and He asked them, "What kind of conversation are you having?" With Jesus on their side, their conversation began to change. You have to be careful of what you say, particularly when you are going through challenges. You are a spiritual being, be careful of counsel you give to people (Proverbs 6:2). Stop prophesying doom, speak the Word of God (Matthew 12:37).
- They exhibited their foolishness by their words. Jesus rebuked them saying, “Why are you of slow heart?” When challenges come, we tend to forget that we are children of the Most-High God, and we behave like those who do not know God or behave like immature babies in the LORD. God brought you to your current position, why will He abandon you? Do not give up or surrender to any situation, it is time to draw closer to God. The disciples ran away from the place their miracle was waiting for them to a place of no consolation. Do not run away from fellowshipping with God in times of distress, for the Holy Spirit will teach you how to address such situation (Numbers 14:28).
- Jesus expanded the spiritual to them, their eyes were opened, and their vision was restored. They got their direction back and their understanding returned to them, because the Word of God became real. The issues of life made the knowledge of God that they had to disappear from their memory. You need to be rooted in the Word of God and grow in it. The Word of God will bring light, understanding, and confidence to you (Psalm 119:105).
- Jesus broke bread with them and their eyes were open. Faith rose in them and immediately, they made a U-turn back to Jerusalem which represents a place of peace, joy, encouragement, and comfort. By the time they got to Jerusalem, all had known the news of His resurrection, and they were able to share their testimony.
Finally, if you have left the presence of the LORD due to challenges, please return; He will not turn you back. Examine yourself and come in faith to the LORD’s Table (1 Corinthians 11:24 -28). The Bible says whosoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.
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