2018-02-15 / Worship

Second step on earth after resurrection

By REV. FICKLEN GUIN
(Luke 24:13-36)

Last week we talked about Jesus’ first step on Earth after His resurrection. He made this step with Mary Magdalene. This leads us to the second step that Jesus made on Earth after His resurrection. This step was ma d e with two believers in Jesus on their way from Jerusalem back to their home in a village called Emmaus. Emmaus was about threescore furlongs from Jerusalem.

These verses begin by saying, “And they talked together of all the things which had happened,” meaning Jesus’ death on the Cross, and possibly Jesus’ resurrection, that was being told by some of Jesus’ believers and apostles according to Mary Magdalene.

This second step that Jesus made on Earth is very important for all of us to know about and to come to believe within ourselves. Jesus’ first step on Earth is a message to all of us and this second step is a witness to all of us concerning our belief in Jesus as God’s Saviour for mankind, meaning each one of us.

The two followers of Jesus were talking to each other as they walked from Jerusalem to their home in Emmaus when certainly “Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.” (verses 14 & 15) “But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.” (verse 16) We all have a moment like that when it comes to our understanding of Jesus’ presence in our lives.

Jesus spoke to them and said, “What manner of communication are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk and are sad.” (verse 17)

Then the one called Cleopas answered, “Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?” (verse 18)

At one time or another, we are all in this position concerning our relationship with Jesus. Jesus said, “What things?” (verse 19) Jesus always wants to come to the place that we know all about each other and Jesus in our lives.

The two believers in Jesus tried their best to answer Jesus’ question, but with difficulty. It was then that Jesus began to witness to them about faith in God.

They told Jesus all about what they had seen and heard in Jerusalem about Jesus: His death on the Cross and this news about Jesus’ grave and angels that said, “Jesus was alive.” It as at this point that Jesus began to witness to them. Jesus said, “O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken. Ought not Christ to have suffered these things and to enter His glory?” (verses 25 & 26)

It was at this point that Jesus gave them witness of the Old Testament and eventually the New Testament words about Jesus and His mission on Earth to us. It was then that they arrived at their home in Emmaus. Jesus made like He was going further. Jesus wanted to give them a chance to invite Jesus into their lives, and they did invite Jesus to eat supper with them, which is our most friendliest meal.

Jesus wanted an invite from them, and He wants one from us also. This is the greatest witness in the Bible and Jesus gave this witness, and it includes Salvation with God for all of us. Jesus has set the example for us on how to witness, and then from the results, come to know Jesus as our Saviour by being born again.

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