Don’t Stop Believing
19-24 …Then our high priests and leaders betrayed him, got him sentenced to death, and crucified him. And we had our hopes up that he was the One, the One about to deliver Israel. And it is now the third day since it happened. But now some of our women have completely confused us. Early this morning they were at the tomb and couldn’t find his body. They came back with the story that they had seen a vision of angels who said he was alive. Some of our friends went off to the tomb to check and found it empty just as the women said, but they didn’t see Jesus.”
25-27 Then he said to them, “So thick-headed! So slow-hearted! Why can’t you simply believe all that the prophets said? Don’t you see that these things had to happen, that the Messiah had to suffer and only then enter into his glory?” Then he started at the beginning, with the Books of Moses, and went on through all the Prophets, pointing out everything in the Scriptures that referred to him.
Luke 24:22-27 MSG
Here Jesus is talking to two Emmaus disciples he has run into after his resurrection. The scripture tells us he kept them from recognising him during this journey. Once again, David Guzik helps us to explore these verses when he articulates that Jesus wanted to know from them what He wants to know from us today: can we believe without seeing with our own eyes? In verse 25, Jesus says that their lack of belief was less to do with their head and more to do with their hearts. So often we can think that obstacles standing between us and belief are in the head, but they are actually in the heart.
These two disciples were practically saying to Jesus “well we had our hopes up and it’s now the third day and we personally haven’t seen Jesus with our eyes. So yeah, that’s what’s up, random guy we just met, who has obviously been under a rock for three days” (pun intended).
Jesus responds, making sure to let them know how thick headed they are; why couldn’t they simply believe what scripture said?
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” – John 20:29
I am young and have had a blessed life. However, over the past year Michael and I have definitely been through harder times. This chapter has reminded me of the importance of understanding that I do not have to see it in my own life to believe it. I see it in others stories – again another reason we need to be vulnerable with one another (if you read my past posts). Personally…
Ø I believe God is good, even when life doesn’t seem good.
Ø I believe God is just, even when my circumstance seems unfair.
Ø I believe God is loving, even when I experience loneliness and loss.
Just because there may be moments in time where we do not see it (because we live in a broken world), does not mean we stop believing it to be true.
God, may I always remember who you are and what your word says to be true, believing without having to see firsthand.