The disciples didn’t believe it until their eyes were opened. If you take this message into the centre of your life, you can see our family, friends, our world, transformed into a world of piece and justice. It’s the resurrection that gives us hope that the world can be transformed from darkness into light.
Why do you look for the living among the dead?
Jesus says on several occasions that he would rise again. Yet the women bring spices instead of breakfast. The two men have given up and are walking out of the city. They’re talking about what’s happened. Maybe they don’t believe it, but they’re walking away. Jesus shows up and has disguised himself so they don’t recognise him. They call Jesus a prophet. Perhaps they had been disappointed. They’d had hopes that he was the messiah but now he’s dead. Lots of people are used to calling Jesus a prophet. We can let some stuff that he said pass by. Jesus can’t be just a prophet because he claims to be God. You can’t just like Jesus. Either he’s Lord or he’s nothing.
They think the resurrected Jesus is a ghost. His resurrection isn’t just spiritual, it’s physical. He asks them for something to eat and he eats it right in front of them. Death is final. It takes away your loved ones. Jesus shows them that death isn’t the end. All three groups weren’t expecting the resurrection.
Was this the plan all along?
Jesus told them this would happen. They needed to be shown that this was the plan all along. The men on the road couldn’t comprehend that this was part of God’s plan. He shows them from the scriptures that God’s anointed one would die on the cross and rise again. His death, his burial and resurrection all points to him. It wasn’t until Jesus showed them that they had their eyes opened. As humans, we’re all guilty. Jesus had to die to pay for sins. The resurrection shows it was paid in full. He’s showing them the gospel. The gospel message washes you clean. It gives you a resurrected life.
Why do you worship the dead when there’s one who is alive?
Standing on a hill, they worship him. Something has changed. They saw him. They touched him. They ate with him. The resurrection should change our world view. It ought to cause us to worship him. We are created beings and are wired to worship. They worship him because he’s worthy and is alive. Why worship your career? It’ll all come to an end.
Worship him because he’s God, for in him all things were made. He can’t die again. Worship him above all. Set your hearts and minds on him and on him alone.