From Sorrow to Celebration

From Sorrow to Celebration
Another devotional from the road to Emmaus

Many people have felt the exhaustion of depression.  Sometimes it can be a chemical imbalance that needs medication to fix.  Other times it may be discouragement from something that just seems to knock the wind out of your sails.  Intense emotions of sorrow can make it hard to eat, and sleep, your whole world just comes to a grinding halt.

The disciples on the road to Emmaus knew these moments.  They knew Jesus was crucified.  They were prohibited to travel the next day because it was the sabbath,  Finally, on Sunday, they were walking home.  Have you ever put your hope in someone and then to your dismay, were hurt because of a confusing situation.  Unfortunately, it’s a common experience most have faced at different times throughout life.  The disciples on the road to Emmaus were about to learn that the truth about the resurrected Jesus changes everything.  What appeared to be a death, was actually part of God’s plan to bring new life!

It’s all too easy to despair when we can only see as far as our immediate circumstances.  The crucifixion was part of God’s plan to bring joy and salvation to the world.   Jesus’ death was not a loss but a victory.  When things look their worst, remember Romans 8:28  “we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
These disciples were transformed into new people when their despair had an encounter with Jesus!  Jesus pointed them to Scripture and its message of hope.

Scripture tells us how to stay out of unnecessary sorry in Hebrews 12:2-3. “We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.  Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.”
This Easter, let us leave moments of sorrow by turning to a celebration of our risen Savior!

Pastor Tom