Monday, April 25, 2011

Christ is Risen!

   I hope you all had a great Easter weekend. I was not able to post this yesterday because my family came over. We all enjoy going easter egg hunting, having the easter bunny come, dying easter eggs and other stuff like that for easter, but we should never forget what easter really means.
Good Friday - This is the day that Jesus was crucified on the cross. Why do we call it Good Friday? We do because by this action Jesus saved us from our sins! He loved us enough to hang on a cross and die for us!
Day of Silence -  This is the day after Jesus was crucified. It was simply the day of silence.
Easter day -  Christ rose from the dead on this day! The stone had been rolled away! The mighty God had shown his power and Jesus showed that we can have victory over death! Praise God that we can serve a risen Savior, our Lord, Jesus Christ!
   Now, let us look closer into one of the events after Jesus has risen from the dead. The same day that Jesus had been resurrected two of His followers were going to a village called Emmaus, which was about 7 miles from Jerusalem. They were talking about all that had happened. As they did, Jesus came up and walked beside them, but they were kept from recognizing him. They told him about Jesus of Nazareth and everything that had happened. Seeing their lack of faith, He explained what had been said in the scriptures concerning himself. As they approached the village they urged Jesus to stay with them, even though he acted as though he was walking further. He stayed with them. Jesus went with them and while at the table, he broke the bread and blessed it. It was then that it finally appeared to them who he really was. They got up and returned once to Jerusalem saying, "It is true! The Lord has risen and appeared to Simon." (Scripture summarized from Luke 24:13-35)
   What can we learn from this? Jesus comes to us in our disappointments though we may not recognize him. Jesus wants us to pour our hearts out to him and he will listen. Jesus takes our confusion to God's word. Jesus accepts our invitation to become more involved in our daily lives. He shows himself in familiar patterns. Jesus restores our hope and passion and wants us to share with others. I want to encourage you this week to look closer into this scripture and think about how Jesus has walked beside you in your daily life. God bless and have a great week!

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