I’ve been doing a little Bible journaling lately and wanted to share with you one of my Bible journaling entries.
The Most Amazing Plan Ever Revealed
Read Luke 24:13-35.
I can’t imagine what everyone was thinking after the death of Jesus. Even though Jesus foretold of His death and resurrection many times His followers were thinking ‘why did Jesus have to die?’, ‘what now?’ The Jews very much wanted Israel to be redeemed and restored, now that Jesus died, where was the hope?
I love how Jesus reveals His plan in the most unlikely ways. The day Jesus’ tomb was found empty, two men were walking hanging their heads in defeat, wallowing in their despair of Jesus’ death.
As they were discussing the events of Jesus’ death, Jesus himself drew near to them but the men did not recognize him (Luke 24:15-16). Jesus even asked them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” (Luke 24:17).
These men, prior to Jesus’ death must have spent time with Jesus. According to this verse He is someone they should have recognized, obviously because they were talking about him.
One of the men named Cleopas basically says, “Didn’t you hear?” “Don’t you know the things that have happened?” (Luke 24:18). Jesus responds to him, “What things?” Cleopas responds, “You know about Jesus? We were hoping he was our redeemer and would restore Israel. And now these women said the tomb is empty where he was buried, they saw angels and he’s alive” (paraphrased Luke 24: 19-26)
Isn’t it ironic how Jesus Himself asked the men what were they were talking about even though He already knew? Jesus knew the men were doubting and discouraged and was trying to expose their hearts to the greater plan which had already unfolded.
How patient is Jesus with us? He appeared to these men, walked alongside them and listened to their every word. He could have jumped in front of them to get their attention and said ‘Hi! It’s me! Jesus! The one you’re looking for!’ But that’s not His way. He patiently waited for their response to draw out what was in their hearts and then responded.
Jesus basically said to the men, ‘I’m right here in front of you! You’re a little behind! I sent the women to check out the tomb and an angel to tell you I have risen!’ What other proof do you need?’ He then asks a most profound question.
Wasn’t it necessary that Christ should suffer to enter into his glory?
The men just like everyone were confused probably thinking, ‘huh?’ They saw Jesus suffer and die a brutal death on the cross 3 days earlier and now his body is no where to be found. The men still did not yet believe Jesus had risen and now they had a stranger telling them wasn’t it necessary Jesus suffered.
Why do you think the men were kept from recognizing him?
Cleopas and his companion, before walking with Jesus were hanging their heads with discouragement focusing on the emptiness of the tomb. Even though they had so much evidence right in front of them they still couldn’t see the victory. Jesus was challenging the two men, do you only see an empty tomb, that offers no hope? Or do you see the new message of hope, that I have conquered death and have risen?
How many times as believers do we do the same thing? We put our hope in ourselves and the things we see instead of putting our hope and trust in Jesus?
After Jesus had walked with these men almost the entire day, they asked Jesus to stay with them. The next scene blows my mind. In verse 30-31, Jesus sat at the table with them, blessed and broke the bread and then the men recognized Jesus.
This scene is very similar to the Last Supper Jesus shared with His disciples. As far as we know from the Scriptures, the disciples were the only ones at the Last Supper and the Apostles were the only other men instructed about the Last Supper. I love how Jesus chose a common meal, something we do in our everyday lives to reveal Himself!
Can you imagine not only being a witness to Jesus’ resurrection, but also partaking in the Last Supper with Him after He rose from the dead?
Once the eyes of their hearts were opened, then they recognized Jesus.
It makes me wonder in my walk of life, how many times have I walked with Jesus and didn’t even recognize He was right in front of me?
Cleopas and his friend were missing the point until Jesus came along and opened their eyes to see the tomb for what it really was. The empty tomb no longer meant Jesus was dead, but indeed “He had risen!” This changed everything! Jesus didn’t leave Cleopas and his friend until they heard the good news, the new message of the gospel, God’s bigger plan.
This new plan offered an exit plan for their defeat, no longer seeking hope in what they saw or in their circumstances, but one that offered a new hope in what Jesus did for them. This new plan offered a way to leave their brokenness at the cross, leave their unforgiveness in the grave and rise up new with Jesus and walk with Him everyday in victory!
Can you even imagine being a firsthand witness to the most amazing plan ever? The Resurrection of Jesus!
Even though we didn’t see with our own eyes the resurrections of Jesus, we have first hand accounts of what He did for us in the Bible and why he did it–because He loves us.
Do you believe Jesus died for you?
What is the most amazing plan ever revealed to you?
God’s plans are always greater. Cleopas and his friend thought there was no hope for Israel, oh how wrong they were. You may be going through hard times right now, thinking there is no hope. It may seem God didn’t answer your prayers. Please know God answers our prayers in bigger ways than we could ever imagine. If God can resurrect Jesus from the grave after 3 days he can resurrect our circumstances. You are loved!
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