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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 22, 2018

‘Remember his words’

By Steve Litchfield, Pulpit Supply and IW Extension Teacher | Mar 09, 2018

Then they remembered his words — Luke 24:8.

Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him — Luke 24:31.

Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures — Luke 24:45.

The other day I walked right by an item that I was supposed to take with me. Fortunately, our secretary caught my mistake.

I replied, “if my head were not attached, I would forget it.”

Luke, the physician who wrote the third gospel, would whole heartedly agree. He recounts three stories of Jesus’ resurrection.

In the first story, the women go to Jesus’ tomb and find it empty. But do they remember Jesus’ repeated predictions of his death and resurrection? (See Luke 9:22; Luke 9:44; Luke 17:25; Luke 18:32-33; Luke 22:37.)

No, like all of us, when you go to the cemetery, you expect to find the dead person still dead!

Two angels at the tomb remind the women of Jesus’ prediction of his death and resurrection. Then they remembered his words.

In the second story two followers of Jesus are walking to a village called Emmaus. They are discussing the women’s amazing report of Jesus’ resurrection.

Jesus walks up beside them, but they are kept from recognizing him. Jesus explains to them that Moses and the Prophets (the Jewish Scriptures, namely the Christian Old Testament) speak that the Christ would first suffer, then enter his glory (Luke 24:25-27).

As Jesus opened the Scriptures to them, and as he ate the evening meal with them, their eyes were opened and they recognized him (Luke 24:30-32).

In Luke’s third story, Jesus appears before his disciples. But they do not believe it is Jesus. The disciples are startled, frightened. Thinking that they are seeing a ghost, they doubt.

Jesus tells them to touch him and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones.

Jesus shows his disciples the crucifixion wounds in his hands and feet and still they do not believe.

Jesus asks them for food to eat as a demonstration of his reality. They give Jesus a piece of broiled fish!

Jesus reminds them that his death and resurrection is exactly what he predicted in fulfillment of every part of the Jewish Scriptures: The Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms (Luke 24:36-44).

Then Jesus opens their minds so they can understand the Scriptures (Luke 24:45).

Without divine recall, the tomb is just empty, we forget the resurrection.

Without divine explanation, Jesus can be walking right beside us and we will miss him.

Without divine enablement, Jesus can be standing right in front of us, and we will not believe.

Pray that your mind, my mind, friend’s minds, minds all around the world will be opened to the truth of the resurrected Jesus.

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