In the first century Dr. Luke confronted us with a “fact check” about an event far more important than the U.S. election in 2016. During an interview that the resurrected Jesus had with two of His followers, Jesus first draws out the important facts about what had happened in Jerusalem Friday through Sunday. Cleopas and the other associate summarize these events for Jesus. (Don’t miss the humor and irony of these two men trying to inform the main actor in the events what had happened.)
“Now our chief priests and rulers handed him over to a judgment producing his death. They crucified him. We had hoped that he was the one who would redeem Israel. And besides all this, he has now been dead for three days. And to complicate things, some women from our group astonished us. They came to the tomb early in the morning (Sunday morning) and did not find his body. They returned to us and added that they had seen a vision of angels. The angels told them, ‘He lives!’ Some of these women went with us to the tomb, and we found things just as the women said but we did not see him.” Luke 24:22-24
As we look at this list and we track the Story, we have to come up with an explanation for all of this. At this point on the Emmaus Road the disciples agree with facts 1-5. They are questioning 6 and that‘s why they left Jerusalem.
Today we are still faced with the question whether or not Jesus lives. There were many “messiahs” in this period of time in Israel who made the claims, died, and were forgotten. There’s a name that has obviously not been forgotten. You’ll hear this name praised on the radio today and used as a cuss word, but one fact is clear. Jesus has not been forgotten, and we need to get the question about His resurrection right.
Jesus Himself will challenge us in tomorrow’s Devo to consider evidence proving that the Jewish Scriptures predicted that their Messiah would first suffer and then enter into His glory. Stay tuned and invite a friend to read tomorrow’s Devo.
LORD, from Luke’s testimony, to Josephus, to Tacitus, the fact that Your Son died in Jerusalem is clear. This fact means that even if I have bended and altered the facts, You will forgive me, like the guilty thief on the cross. I do need to come clean about what I did—no deflection of blame or explanations of relative guilt. Thanks that You will forgive based upon Your Son’s crucifixion.
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