How Could I Forget?

Another devotional from the road to Emmaus

Luke 24:21  “But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened.”

The disciples were hiding, they were confused and feeling hopeless.  Knowing Jesus was crucified left them in what some call “the fog of despair”.  For some people, a long walk can help clear up their thinking, sometimes we need the intervention of someone wiser than ourselves.  For the disciples on the road to Emmaus, Jesus intervened to help lift their dispair.  The patient and merciful character of Jesus was on full display, He gently reminded them of what He had already said.

It can be easy to miss a message someone is trying to convey, even when it may have been given repeatedly.  These disciples had heard Jesus say that He would be crucified.  It was the plan from the beginning to offer salvation to everyone who turns and believed in Him.  The part they seemed to miss was that He would be resurrected from the grave on the third day!

Luke 9:22  And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”

Unfortunately, the disciples were wrestling in the darkness of despair. Though they had heard the promises of God, the Good News seemed to have been forgotten.  Whenever we forget the promises of God, it can be all too easy to lose hope and begin to despair over our circumstances.  Somehow, someone or something will be used by God to lift us back up from our momentary hopelessness and set us back on the road to walk with Jesus.  When we walk with Him, things can become more clear, His promises are remembered and the resurrection is celebrated.  When the disciples on the road to Emmaus recalled the promises of God and saw the resurrected Jesus, their misery was lifted and their mission the tell the world the Good News was restored.

Let's remind each other of God’s promises and proclaim the Good news.  The other option is worth forgetting!

Pastor Tom