DayBreaks for 01/02/12 – How Foolish We Are
He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 “What things?” he asked. “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” 25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! – Luke 24:17-25
Yesterday, the preacher at church spoke about Luke 24. It is a wonderful story – the discovery of the empty tomb by the women, Peter rushing to see for himself (they thought the women’s declaration was the product of feverish, nonsensical minds), saw the empty tomb, and went away wondering what it meant. Then, the encounter of the risen Lord with the Emmaus disciples.
One of the interesting things about this passage is how we refuse to believe the evidence that is right before our eyes. The two disciples recited amazing things about the recent events in Jerusalem – not just the women’s story, but that of their “companions” who corroborated the women’s account. Then, in verse 25, Jesus says, “How foolish you are…” Why does he say that? He tells us: they were slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken. In other words, they have all sorts of evidence, but still don’t know what to believe and what not to believe.
I must admit, the story of Jesus is an amazing one – one that is almost too good to believe…almost. Look at the evidence for the truth of the story. We struggle to believe what is right before our eyes. Yet if we ignore it, Jesus calls us “foolish”!
Let the Spirit speak truth into your heart. Can you trust your life to this Jesus of Nazareth? Look at the evidence. It speaks for itself. And believe!
PRAYER: Let us trust in the truth of the story of Jesus fully and sweep away our doubts, Father!! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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