Daily Devotional: Day 182
“But we were hoping that it was He [Jesus] who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened” (Luke 24:21, NKJV).
Jesus was risen from the dead – fresh from the grave. A new day had dawned in the history of humanity. Heaven rejoiced. Satan was defeated. Suddenly, a lost world woke up to a new day – a day of living hope. Jesus had overcome sin, the world, the devil and the grave. And, He did it all for the Father’s glory and for our benefit. No longer would man be a captive to sin or the devil, unless he chose to do so.
Despite this Good News, some of Jesus’ own disciples were trapped in “bad news” due to ignorance and unbelief. Today’s Scripture passage tells us that after Christ was risen, two of His disciples were walking to Emmaus. Jesus joined them, though they didn’t recognize Him. He then asked them for an account of what had happened in Jerusalem. Their response was shocking, depressing and disappointing. You wonder what the risen Lord must have felt listening to their uninspiring testimony.
Notice what they said, “But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel.” What we see in the life of these two disciples, can be seen in some ‘disciples’ of Christ today. They look like disciples. They talk like disciples. But they walk defeated, still bound by sin and fear, because they have lost touch with Jesus’ resurrection power. They speak about Christ, but the resurrection of Christ remains foreign to them. They appear to walk with Christ, but their walk is uninspiring.
The resurrection of Christ is the only hope of the world. Jesus, the Word of God, became flesh; that’s great. Jesus was a great teacher and prophet; that’s marvelous. Jesus did great miracles; that’s awesome. He also died for our sins; that’s appreciated. But if, after doing all these marvelous things, Jesus did not rise from the dead, we would still be under the dominion of satan, sin and death. Paul put it bluntly: “And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!” (1 Corinthians 15:17, emphasis added).
The resurrection of Jesus is more than an idea in the Bible. It should become a dynamic power at work in your life, bearing fruit of boldness, conviction and decisive victory over sin and fear. Ask Jesus to teach and impart to you His resurrection power. Through this power, you will become an effective witness for Christ. Walk in resurrection power today. Walk in true freedom. Amen.
For further study: Luke 24:1-35