It so very hard to discuss the impact of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, the Messiah and Son of God, the Creator of all that is. There is so much there. And it is such a personal thing too! Jesus did it for you, YOU! I hope you have time to consider what God did for you, what he did for your family.
One of the many things I find interesting is how the women are always there. Well, not wondering that they are, I wouldn't expect less, but that the men took note of it, now that is saying a lot. I also like to ponder the unbelief and then the shear joy as the disciples wrap their head around the fact that Jesus was DEAD but is now walking around, eating with them and teaching them.
Another excerpt from one of my books: Exploring the Story by Adam T. Barr...
Two important themes are emphasized in the stories of the Emmaus Road and Thomas' doubt. The first is that the Holy Spirit must open our eyes to accept and believe in Jesus Christ. In Romans 1:18 Paul declares that unbelievers "suppress the truth by their wickedness." In other words, their sin leads them to not believe what they know to be true. All the proofs in the world cannot save a person. The ultimate problem for each of us is not a lack of information, but that we are spiritually dead to God and need to be born anew through the work of the Holy Spirit.
Second, Jesus' words to Thomas--"blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed"--are not an endorsement for "blind" faith. Thomas' problem was his lack of faith in God's Word. Jesus himself had explained to Thomas and the other disciples his coming death and resurrection. Knowing what Jesus had foretold, the other disciples' testimonies to Thomas should have caused him to remember, trust, and believe in Jesus' and Scripture's promise of the Messiah's resurrection. Instead, he doubted until he could physically touch and see evidence of the resurrection. Jesus blesses those who accept the promise of God's Word and trust the testimony of his appointed witnesses.
I really hope you have time this week to talk with your family about the wonderful blessing of the resurrection. Without the resurrection we would have NO hope, notta. Death would be death, the end of everything. But because HE LIVES, we know sin and death was conquered. We know one day we will live forever with Jesus in paradise.
We will not have Youth for the Lord Sunday, nor will the teens meet so we can all worship this great event together. Don't forget the schedule will be different Sunday...9am communion, 9:30 pot luck breakfast, 11am worship service.
May God bless you mightily this week!