This Sunday, April 10th, 2016, Pastor Duane White continued our REencounter: 40 Days With the Resurrected Jesus series at The Bridge Church in Denton, TX.
REencounter: 40 Days With the Resurrected Jesus
Pastor Duane continued in this week’s message with part two of the REencounter series. In this series we are focusing on the 40 days right after Jesus’ resurrection and the eleven accounts of Jesus appearing to over 500 people.
This Sunday we looked at two disciples – not two of the eleven original disciples, but two who were followers of Jesus and His teachings in possibly an outer circle of his disciples.
We will picking up our story in Luke 24:13, which took place on Easter Sunday afternoon.
“That same day two of them were walking to the village Emmaus, about seven miles out of Jerusalem. They were deep in conversation, going over all these things that had happened. In the middle of their talk and questions, Jesus came up and walked along with them. But they were not able to recognize who he was.” (Luke 24:13–16, The Message)
This life changing encounter, like Mary’s, had to do with their ability to see Jesus, or you could simply say it had to do with their vision. The fact is, our vision of Jesus can be blurred. It says in the text that “They were ‘kept from’ recognizing Him. What “kept them” from seeing Him? Some theologians and commentaries say it was God. Others say it was the devil. But Pastor Duane wanted to suggest that the text shows us a few other possibilities.
“Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him.” (Luke 24:16, The Message)
Their vision of Jesus was blurred by despair. There was an immense sense of sadness because they were looking at life without the resurrection. Life is filled with ups and down, but when we view life through the lens of the resurrection, everything changes.
“They just stood there, long-faced, like they had lost their best friend.” (Luke 24:17, The Message)
Like Mary, they had Jesus right in front of them, but they could not see Him. Always remember Jesus is there, walking with you and talking to you whether you can see Him or not. Whether you truly recognize it or not, Jesus is with you! Don’t let despair blur your vision of Jesus.
Their vision of Jesus was blurred by disappointment. Their disappointment came from the fact that they saw the cross as the defeat of Jesus. Their vision was blurred by their skewed view.
“And we had our hopes up that he was the One.” (Luke 24:21, The Message)
Could it be that sometimes our disappointment with God is not about His actions, but rather our perception? Whether our disappointment is real or falsely perceived, it can have a huge blinding or blurring effect on us. Never let yesterday’s disappointment blind you from seeing today’s divine appointment.
Lastly their vision of Jesus was blurred by doubt. They waned to believe, but doubt was killing their belief. Hope is the parent of faith, so when your hope dies, your faith is orphaned and doubt steps in. They had let their disappointment lead them into unbelief, and their unbelief led them to prove they were right in their unbelief. When you are in unbelief, you will build a case to support your unbelief. The good news is that no matter how blurred your spiritual vision, or how spiritually blind you are, there is a cure.
“But now some of our women have completely confused us. Some of our friends went off to the tomb to check and found it empty just as the women said, but they didn’t see Jesus.” (Luke 24: 22&24, The Message)
Jesus had to “perform eye surgery” for these men to open their eyes to see the truth, and their blurred vision of Jesus was corrected. He used The Word to correct their vision.
“Then he started at the beginning, with the Books of Moses, and went on through all the Prophets, pointing out everything in the Scriptures that referred to him” (Luke 24:27, The Message).
Jesus didn’t prove His resurrection by revealing Himself naturally, but by reminding them of the promise in the Word. We must learn to believe the Word over anything else.
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