Did You Miss The Message of the Gospel?

The transparency of unbelief is reflected in Doctor Luke’s account of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus.   Luke 24 depicts the 11 km/7 mile walk from Jerusalem.  Walking 7 miles does give a great opportunity for conversation and these two have lots to talk about.  “They were talking with each other about everything that had happened.”  The only problem was they didn’t know the full story.  They had not believed the Scriptural prediction of Christ’s resurrection, and seem to have forgotten His specific predictions of ALL of the events of Holy Weekend.  

Recall Matthew 16, 17 and 20 where on three occasions Jesus predicted specifically all what would happen to Him.  The suffering, the condemnation, the crucifixion, the death, but “on the third day HE WILL RISE AGAIN.”  God knows the end from the beginning.   He knows the future, the past and the present–even the false assertions of the “open theists” who limit His omniscience.

I find myself failing to believe as these two disciples.  I only hear a portion of messages preached, and do not fully grasp the totality of Christ’s finished work.   I walk along in unbelief and discouragement too often, failing to understand that in Christ “all the fullness of the Godhead dwells in bodily form and I AM COMPLETE in HIM.” (Colossians 2:9-10)  Does my life reflect that we are “MORE THAN CONQUERORS through HIM WHO LOVED US?”  I need to read, reread and read again the gospel message and ask God to help me believe it.   I need to “mix it with faith” lest the “message” I heard proves of no value to me.   Read Hebrews 4:2 and stir up your faith in fresh devotion to Jesus Christ, the one who died in full payment for your sin, the one who was buried, and the one who conquered sin, death, and Satan as He rose triumphantly on the third day.  Let’s not let the gospel message slip from our grasp this year!

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