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Summary: How Jesus reassured his disciples and brought them from hopelessness to joy. Encouragement in times of failure.

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INTRODUCTION:

Is there something troubling you lately? Are you anxious, afraid, doubtful or sad? No matter what you face now, Jesus is just the encourager you need today.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our troubles…. You see just as the sufferings in Christ are ours, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. So when we are troubled, confused, and discouraged God reassures his plan and purposes for us and comforts us.

How Jesus reassured his disciples and brought them from hopelessness to joy.

It is nighttime on the first Easter day. Earlier that day two of Jesus’ disciples with dashed hopes walked on that journey to the little town of Emmaus. Jesus walked the distance with them but they did not recognize him. As they were having supper with this stranger, who is Jesus, suddenly their eyes were opened and they recognized Jesus. They realized Jesus was alive.

Jesus left them and these two disciples who had trudged that 11 km from Jerusalem to Emmaus, even though the sun had gone down and the night had descended, they immediately left their home and headed right back to the city of Jerusalem.

By not it is nighttime and they found the 11 disciples gathered together. But now as these two disciples entered that room, they were told that Jesus had risen from the dead. Peter had seen Jesus just before. So the doubt had been replaced with some hope in their hearts. The men from Emmaus joined in and began to tell them how Jesus had been with them.

As all of this was going on, suddenly Jesus appeared in the midst of them. Luke 24:36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

1. Jesus brings peace.

Jesus brings peace to any situation. I do not know if you are sitting here with troubled hearts, broken dreams, confused in life. It may be a family problem or it may be uncertainties in life. Jesus can speak peace to that situation. In another occasion Jesus said, “My peace I leave unto you.”

If you see, Jesus did not knock at the door. I am sure the door was closed because these disciples were still afraid. Jesus just simply appeared in their midst. When they saw Jesus something a fear jumped into their hearts. In that moment of great emotion and surprise, they thought they were seeing a ghost. Luke 24:37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost.

But Notice what Jesus says here. When Jesus sees that they were terrified and afraid: Luke 24:38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds?

2. Do not be troubled.

Dear child of God, do not be troubled under any circumstances. In life situations will come where you will feel everything is going away. Maybe it is a break in a good relationship, it may a failure, it may be delayed answers to your prayers, or failed dreams. Dear believer, Jesus is asking you, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Have I not promised you a good future. Believe in me.”

3. God is good.

Listen, the disciples were in unbelief from Friday until this moment. Now when Jesus came to them, they still could not believe but Jesus did not scold them. Jesus understood them, he understood their frailties. They should have believed, but they did not believe and Jesus did not scold them. God is good.

I do not know who your god is today but I know one thing – Jesus Christ is God and he is always good.

Jesus knew they were men and women who loved him. They stayed with him during those 3 years of his ministry. They had suffered some with him. Jesus knew that they loved him. But at this occasion, they had lost faith. Probably they sinned in their doubts. So Jesus looked at them and understanding them perfectly, Jesus’ heart was filled with love.

God is good. Do you see God as a loving encourager on your side who wants to help you or do you see God as a judge, one who makes you feel bad when you go wrong? What is your concept about God?

Today, you may be here with a list of failures, you have done something which you wish you did not do. Do not worry. Jesus is not judgmental on you. He already paid for that wrong. God is good. When you repent and come back He accepts you as you are.

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