As we are coming off the Easter celebration, I am grateful for all that transpired that fateful day 2000 years ago –the day Jesus conquered death and set us free! However, I feel a little inquisitive about the various people Jesus appeared to once He was resurrected. For instance, who were the two men walking to Emmaus? Were they new to the faith or had they followed Jesus the entire 3 years He preached? How many times had they heard Jesus speak? Were they healed by Him?
Earlier in Chapter 24 of Luke, we are told it is early Sunday morning. That would be the same Sunday morning the tomb was found open and empty. Then the discussion turns to these two men, and we are told it is “the same day,” meaning resurrection Sunday. We are also told the two men were headed away from Jerusalem.
Why would Jesus appear first to someone outside His inner circle, and why outside of Jerusalem? We may never know the answer, but can you imagine being one of the first He appeared to?
“Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!” Luke 1:30-33 NLT
Christmas is my favorite time of year by far. I love the decorations, the baked goods, and the spirit of joy that falls upon us! I also love to worship my Savior. No other time then Easter does Jesus feel so close. If only we could hold on to that feeling everyday.
I believe the key to keeping our Christmas cheer all year-long lies in the source of it. If we focus on the gifts and all they entail, we probably won’t be spirit filled much past the first of the year. However, if the object of our faith – Jesus – is front and center, we can draw from His love all year-long. What a God we serve to love us enough to send His only child to take our place and wash us clean from our sins.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16-17 NIV
As you enter the Christmas season, remember to praise the Lord for all He has done! He loves you as much today as when He first dreamt of you. What a gift!
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Having just celebrated Easter, I can think of no better time to kick this blog off. My entire motivation and inspiration for creating this blog is solely based on the love of Christ. There is no other expression of His love that is more exquisite than His willingness to endure the Cross for our sakes. Who is this person we call Jesus Christ?
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. Colossians 1: 15-20 (NLT)
The Savior, the Messiah, the Word made flesh, the Alpha and the Omega. We must understand His greatest before we can understand His sacrifice. Jesus is all-powerful, all-knowing, gracious, merciful, kind, patient, selfless, generous, faithful, steadfast, unwavering, our provider, and the ultimate healer. Jesus is love. Read more