Day 217: Risen Indeed

Luke 24:32-35

They said one to another, “Weren’t our hearts burning within us, while he spoke to us along the way, and while he opened the Scriptures to us?” They rose up that very hour, returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and those who were with them, saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” They related the things that happened along the way, and how he was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread.

Isn’t it interesting that when God speaks to our hearts through His word that it causes “our hearts to burn within us?” This is one of the amazing qualities of the Word of God. It actually gives us hope in a world that gives us only despair. It is also interesting that Jesus appeared to two men that we have not heard about up to this point. I think that this gives us a little lesson about how God chooses people. He doesn’t chase after those who seem important or those who are already well known. He can use absolutely anyone He chooses and He has chosen every one of us to do things that He planned for us to do.

Now there have been several testimonies that Jesus had risen from the dead:

  • Jesus Himself before he died.
  • The angels at the tomb who spoke to the women.
  • The two men on the road.

Up to this point, the 11 disciples have yet to really see this for themselves. Don’t you think that Jesus was encouraging these men to believe His word even without seeing? This is how all of us believe today. Jesus knew that we would be believing much later and that in order for us to believe, we would have to do it without seeing Him yet. Isn’t it amazing that by the power of God through His Holy Spirit we actually believe in Jesus enough to love Him even though we have never seen Him? Not only that, there are many who fight against our belief in Jesus and the Bible. The fact that we can carry on under these pressures is a modern day miracle and evidence that God Himself is working in us.