Finding Jesus after Easter

I was thinking about how our world can be turned upside down by death and loss. Jesus’ disciples didn’t understand what was happening to their friend, teacher, and Lord. They were confused and afraid. The story found in Luke 24 of the two disciples on the Emmaus Road illustrates this. Jesus intervened and gave these two some help. Explaining to Jesus what they were discussing and feeling, they said about Jesus, “We had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel.” They had hoped, and now they don’t know what to think.

Have you ever hoped and then been disappointed? One sage said that if you change one letter, you can change disappointment to His appointment. God wants to meet with us when we are disappointed and turn it around. The dissing needs to turn to Him. When I was about to go into a season of disappointment that lasted about seven years, I clearly heard God say to me, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace.”

These two disciples invited Jesus to have dinner with them. They had to invite Jesus, otherwise he may have moved on. Jesus went into the village with them and when they sat down, Jesus took the bread that was served and gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, the scripture says (Luke 24:31). The point is made by Luke that the Christians of his day were able to have the living Lord made known to them in their “breaking of bread” in a manner that was analogous to this story (John Nolland: Luke, Thomas Nelson, 1995; p. 1208).

I think that the application for us is that when we suffer loss, when we are disappointed, when our hopes are dashed; and we are confused, frightened, or angry, God wants to intervene and help us. Jesus promised that where two or more are gathered in his name, He would be there. He is among us in our gatherings, working to help us in our times of loss and change. We must invite him and acknowledge him. God, being God, is omnipresent, but he is also a person, and also the King.

On the other side of Easter, on the other side of Crucifixion, death, burial, and darkness, is resurrected new life. The new is different. We might be so stuck at the death stage that we can’t see the new life in front of us. God comes to help us with that. The good shepherd comes after the scattered sheep. You might be walking down a lonely road, trying to make sense of what happened back there, heart-sick. Watch for God to intervene. Invite Jesus to come in when he knocks on your door (Rev. 3:20). Fellowship with him.

O let the Son of God enfold you
With His Spirit and His love
Let Him fill your heart and satisfy your soul
O let Him have the things that hold you
And His Spirit like a dove
Will descend upon your life and make you whole

(Spirit Song: John Wimber, 1979)

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