Luke 24:1-17 (NIV)
1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” 8 Then they remembered his words.
9 When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense.12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.
13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.
17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” They stood still, their faces downcast.
Verse 17 still rings true today. I believe Jesus is asking us the same thing today. Why is our communication sad? Don’t we realize we serve an awesome, mighty and LIVING God.
We are distracted by so many things but we have to ask God to help us stay focused… focused on Him.
Where are your thoughts in these last days? Are we consumed more with career aspirations than on souls? Are we chasing paper instead of pursuing God and His will for our lives? Of course he wants us to be successful and prosperous but not at the expense of our souls.
Look back at verse 5. Are we treating Jesus as if he were dead still? When we realize we serve the living God, our lives will mirror Him and not the world.
Luke 24:46-49 (NIV)
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.”
Here we are reminded of our mission as Christians… to spread the Good News! How? By the power we receive from on high.
The world is waiting on us to share the good news of Jesus. Anyone can make money. Anyone can attain status. Anyone can obtain degrees, titles but only the children of God can preach the gospel!
Ask yourself, “do I love the Lord?” and if the answer is yes. Ask yourself, “does my life echo my love for Him?” Let us glorify Him with our lives.
We will be persecuted. We will be cast away but – SOLDIER PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD! Stop complaining and put on your war clothes and prepare for this battle!
Remember you are not alone in this battle. You have God and all of Heaven backing you when you are doing the will of the Father!
When you remember who and whose you are, no enemy in hell or on earth can stop you. You are a joint-heir with Christ and you are a child of the most high God.
A good soldier prepares for battle. Likewise, we must prepare by being faithful in prayer, praise, meditation on the scriptures and fasting. Lift up your head and spread the good news … our sins have been forgiven because we serve the true & living God!