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Share It! Luke 24:13-48
A lot of people talk generally about Jesus and Christianity, but they don’t recognize Jesus as the Son of God. I think they want to believe, but something keeps them from recognizing Him as the Messiah.
After all, why wouldn’t you want to believe in heaven? Knowing that this life will end, why wouldn’t you want to believe there’s life after death and a better life ahead of us than this one? So, what keeps people from recognizing Jesus as the Son of God?
It’s our attachment to the world keeps us from believing in Jesus and the promise of eternal life. I John 2:15-17 says: “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”
That’s our problem. Instead of listening to the Bible, we listen to the world and its teachings and get so wrapped up in the things of this world that we say “no” to Jesus and Christianity.
In the story of the Road to Emmaus, Jesus says to the men: “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
Essentially, Jesus was saying, “You’re foolish not to believe the scriptures!” If the scriptures are indeed the living and abiding Word of God, then someone who doesn’t believe the scriptures about Jesus and everything else is foolish indeed.
Jesus sums everything up in Luke 24:44b-48: “…These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.”
When they heard that, the disciples finally got it. They finally believed the message about Jesus’ resurrection and His identity as the Son of God so they wanted to spread the Good News.
So, what are we going to do with what we believe about Jesus Christ and His resurrection from the dead? Do we really believe it? If we do, maybe it’s time to start sharing the Good News.