WEDNESDAY 15TH APRIL, 2020
THEME: CHRIST IS RISEN INDEED
PASSAGE: LUKE 24: 13-35
HYMN: MHB 207- CHRIST the Lord is risen again
MEMORY VERSE: Luke 24: 34 “Saying, it is true, the Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.
The story for our reflection this morning is that of the two disciples of Jesus on their way to Emmaus some distance outside Jerusalem. One of them was Cleopas and the other unknown. They could not recognize Jesus because “their eyes were restrained.” Was Jesus changed in appearance or what? As Jesus could appear and disappear like spirit, He could possibly have restrained them from recognizing Him.
But why do you think it was difficult for the two disciples to recognize the risen Lord? Jesus’ death scattered His disciples and shattered their hopes and dreams. They had hoped that He was the one to redeem Israel. They possibly did not believe that Christ could rise from the dead as they had never experienced such a mystery.
They saw the cross as defeat and could not comprehend the empty tomb until the Lord appeared to them and gave them understanding. Jesus chided the disciples on the road to Emmaus for their slowness of heart to believe what the scriptures had said concerning the Messiah. They did not recognize the risen Jesus until he had broken bread with them.
Some Christians today are like the two disciples. They lack faith in the risen Christ and are carnal. They grew up in the Church, but are yet to know Christ and the power of His resurrection. Do you recognize the Lord in his word, ways, and activities in the breaking of the bread? Many Christians believe that they are true Christians but, in the total reflection, they don’t understand the deep things of God. Daily studying of the Holy Scripture and every day prayer life and fellowship with God’s people will create a better avenue in recognizing God’s presence.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, open the eyes of my heart to recognize Your presence with me and to understand the truth of Your saving word. Nourish me with your life-giving word and with the bread of life.
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