The death and resurrection of Jesus is the foundation of the Christian faith.
But it had to be a confusing time for the followers of Jesus when those events actually took place. They had watched Him die and now the report is the grave is empty and He's alive. They didn't know whether to believe the reports or not. In the 24th chapter of the Gospel of Luke, we find a passage of Scripture that tells of two men who were struggling with these very things. As we investigate them, we will find that they are not unlike us, and that God still ministers to us in the same way He did to them.
The two men were walking home to their village of Emmaus on the day Jesus rose from the dead. They were confused and talking about the events they had just witnessed when Jesus walked up and joined them. In their state of sorrow and confusion they didn't recognize Him.
He entered into their conversation by asking what they were talking about that would make them so sad. These men then related to Jesus what they had witnessed in the last few days concerning the crucifixion and what they were being told about the empty grave.
Jesus found them confused, hurting and dealing with a difficult situation. He stepped into their lives, listened and brought peace to their hearts and minds by the time He had finished.
Jesus still does the same for us. During times of discouragement, disappointment, heartache and confusion, God still comes up alongside of us. He pays attention to what we are dealing with and can bring peace to our lives if we are willing to listen to Him.
Another thing we see is they were trying to figure God out. They told Jesus, "He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people ... we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel."
They believed their faith was not misguided, but now they were not sure. As they witnessed the crucifixion they lost hope. They couldn't understand. God wasn't doing things the way they thought He should. That still happens to people today. We question why things happen the way they do. We can't figure out the answers as to "why."
These men learned they couldn't see it all and there was more going on than they realized. But God knew what He was doing even if they didn't know. We see God willing to stick with them even when they were questioning Him. He will do the same for us!
As Jesus continues to talk with them, He begins to explain to them what took place. Their eyes of understanding were opened and they recognized Him. Jesus made Himself real to them in their time of difficulty. When God is hard to see in the circumstances of life we are in, He knows how to open our eyes to His presence. God is willing to walk through anything with us.
These two men found God to be real! It wasn't really very hard. They just started talking to Him during a difficult time in life.
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