Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A.R. - Day 3

Be Still:  Dear Father, sometimes people share things about You that seem too amazing to believe.  Please forgive us and help us never to forget You can do more than we ask or even imagine.  In the name of our risen Savior, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, Amen

Be Strengthened:  Luke 24:13-24
13Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16but they were kept from recognizing him.  17He asked them, "What are you discussing together as you walk along?" They stood still, their faces downcast. 18One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, "Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?" 19"What things?" he asked.
"About Jesus of Nazareth," they replied. "He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23but didn't find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see."

Be Stretched:  The two followers of Jesus told the stranger that some of the women had seen angels who told them Jesus was alive.  But, since they were walking away from Jerusalem, it seems obvious they did not believe it.  When things are difficult to believe or when things seem to be falling apart, do you tend to walk (or run!) away?  Be comforted that even if we do, Jesus, in His great love, can and will meet us where we are.  If you are feeling 'downcast' today, ask Jesus to come and reveal Himself to you.

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