Just as he Said
Saturday, April 3, 2010

 

“How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken.  Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and ten enter glory.”

                Five times the gospels record the lectures of Jesus to His disciples, telling them He had to go to Jerusalem, to be persecuted, to suffer, and then to die.  And not one of these times did He omit the beautiful and wonderful Easter story.  He said, “And on the third die, I will rise again.”  Isn’t if funny how everything that Jesus predicted came true, yet His disciples were grieving on the third day.
We say that we would have been waiting outside the tomb with Champaign glasses full and toasts on our lips to welcome the risen Lord.  But would we?

                Jesus said so much that has come true.  He described our character as humans; He identified our weaknesses; He told us how we would react to His teachings; and all of that has been so decidedly true.  We have watched ourselves betray Him, deny Him, scorn Him, and even spit upon Him.  He said we would, and we have.  Yet He said something else.  He said the Son of Man would return and when He did, He would separate the sheep from the goats.  Yet like the disciples, ignoring what He said about the resurrection, we sit idly by and ignore the second coming.

                What is there in our human condition that denies what Jesus said?  Even His disciples denied Him and denied what He said about the resurrection.  Why do we deny what He tells us, when repeatedly what He said continues to come true.  As He told the disciples on the Emmaus Road, “How foolish [we] are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken.”  Something happened that morning that allow the disciples to see and it can happen to us.

                The disciples had a real church experience that first Resurrection money.  They walked with Jesus, talked with Him, studied Scripture with Him, and they even invited Him into their home.  And Jesus came.  And when He did, He sat down at the table, and Luke echoes some familiar words, “He took the bread, gave thanks to God, broke it and gave it to His disciples”.  He used the same words He had used so many times before.  And when He did it that first resurrection morning, the scales fell from His disciples’ eyes and they could see they were in the presence of Jesus.  How beautiful it must have been to have the scales taken from their eyes.

                We can’t see what Jesus said, because we have scales on our eyes.  It is the same spiritual scales that Adam and Even had on their eyes after the sin.  It is the same scale that prevented Elisha’s servant from seeing the protection given Him by a band of mighty angels; it is the same scales that covered the Apostle Paul’s eyes when he spent every hour of every day persecuting Jesus’ followers.  We can see the future, because we have scales in front of our eyes and the world wants to make sure we keep them there.

                Most churches tomorrow morning will celebrate Easter and the resurrection by trying to lift the scales off our eyes.  They will repeat the words of Jesus – giving thanks to God – this is My body broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”  We forget what He said in the past, because we have scales in our eyes.  And because we forget what He said in the past, we must remember Him in the present and in the future.  Holy Communion is the reminder that He will not eat or drink again, utile He drinks with us in the Kingdom of God.  And if we prepare our hearts correctly for this, we can know, like the disciples on the Emmaus Road, He has risen, just like He said He would.


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