It is the day before Easter. Many of us have heard the story many, many times. It is our hope and our joy and yet… we have days like the disciples did between the crucifixion and Easter Sunday…
“And He said to them, ‘What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?’ Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, ‘Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?’ And He said to them, ‘What things?’ So they said to Him, ‘The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people,and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him.But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened.” ~Luke 24:17-21
We, like these disciples, have hopes based on our understanding, perhaps we have a small picture of what Jesus is doing.
The most encouraging thought I have is that God’s plan wasn’t dependent on His disciples. They were confused, doubtful, and fearful of what was really happening.
I realize that I rarely understand even a small part of what God is doing. I find myself in great need of Jesus’ help for understanding. We read later in this chapter…
“And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.” ~Luke 24:45
Jesus came and helped them understand.
Every one of the people that loved and trusted in Jesus was struggling that first Easter Sunday, Jesus knew that and went looking for them.
We are all going to have our share of ups and downs in this life. Jesus knows exactly where you and I are and how you and I are really doing.
The real Joy of Easter was all of the amazing reunions of Jesus with those He loved, revealing Himself after his resurrection, again and again to them. Our greatest moments of this life are when He reveals Himself to us; a taste of knowing Him forever.
“For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.” ~1 Corinthians 13:12