Without another word, he vanished.

Stunned, they stared at the empty seat and the broken bread. Had Jesus really been here? Or had they only imagined they saw him? Was he a ghost? Would he restore the kingdom to Israel? Was this the end of the age?

Although it was after dark, they hurried back to Jerusalem. There Jesus answered some of their questions: 

  • Yes, he was alive. “Have you any food here?” So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb, and He took it and ate in their presence. (Luke 24:41b-42) 
  • No, he was not a ghost. “Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.” (Luke 24:39b) 
  • Yes, he had risen from the dead. “Behold My hands and My feet…He showed them His hands and His feet.” (Luke 24:39-40) These marks were authentication of his identity, love, and power. 

Jesus informed them (as well as us) that the answers to some of their questions are none of their business just now: “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.” (Acts 1:7)

Jesus told them if they were going to be his followers, this is what they should be doing:

  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to empower you: “tarry … until you are endued with power from on high.” (Luke 24:48b) 
  • Become a witness of the truth about the death, resurrection, and purpose of Jesus’ appearing: “… be witnesses to Me” (Acts 1:8) ; “… it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day… that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations…” (Luke 24:46-49) 

Narrow is the Path

Before their encounter on the road to Emmaus, the disciples picked and chose what they wanted to believe from the Bible but it was leading them the wrong way. They liked the idea of a messiah who would give them and their nation power. They just didn’t like the rest of what God had in mind: for the messiah to suffer, die, and be resurrected to bring the Gentile nations into his kingdom as well as Israel.

It’s true: We are often embarrassed by the antics and failures of people claiming to be followers of Christ. We have many questions about the future. But like the disciples, if we are going to be counted among Jesus’ followers, we cannot pick and choose which of his teachings we will follow. We must lay down our lives for his sake and the Gospel’s if we are to find them.

Jesus has given us a road map to follow as to what we are to be doing NOW: 

  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to empower us. 
  • Become witnesses of the truth about the death, resurrection, and purpose of Jesus’ appearing. 

Pursuing any other way will lead us to the wrong destination. 

Rebekah Montgomery, author/speaker/teacher, is a gifted, dynamic communicator. She is the author of more than five books and has penned 1,100 articles. To book Rebekah for your next event visit www.rebekahmontgomery.com. Sign up for the Right to the Heart mailing list here.

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Publication date: June 20, 2011