Summary: This message is directed to a large portion of people that only attend Church on holidays like Easter.
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TEXT: Luke 24:13-35
OUR LORD HAS RISEN! HE IS ALIVE!
Christ is Risen! He has Risen indeed! The tomb is empty! Our Sin, which our Lord took from us, has been left there in that tomb! That sin is now sealed! It’s locked up and no longer attached to us! Now in the absence of that dead weight, we find holiness, love, mercy, forgiveness and a sure and certain hope of eternal life in our Lord. Christ is Risen! He has Risen Indeed!
Now what? Yes you heard me correctly. I did ask you the question, “now what?” What should be the next step? What is our next move? What is our Lord’s next move? This should be the question that every Christian should be asking them selves and asking of others. It is a question that should be on our lips and within our prayers each and every day. Why? Because if all we do as a result of Easter is say “ALLELUIAH, CHRIST IS RISEN!” Then we might as well stick ourselves right there with that lot of people who were saying on Palm Sunday, “HOSSANNA IN THE HIGHEST”, right before they cried out CRUCIFY HIM!
The people who cried out praise to Jesus on Palm Sunday had no vision, and no purpose. They celebrated because they thought it was the thing to do. They thought Jesus was going to relieve them of the tyranny of the Romans and when that did not happen they way they wanted it to, they in turn lost hope. In modern life, many often celebrate Easter because that seems to be the thing to do as well. Maybe for a short time they hope that Jesus will help them as well, but when that does not come the way they expected, those many decide to stay at home, and leave Jesus behind until Christmas. Such response to Jesus often leaves a person wandering around in hopelessness much like the two men on the road to Emmaus where the question “Now what” seems to go answered.
Is there more to Easter than just gathering on one Sunday a year to cry out HE IS RISEN? Of course, and we all nod our heads in agreement. But have you also noticed moments, days maybe even weeks will pass when you seem to hold onto less joy and less hope than is often found on Easter Sunday? Truly for us all there are times when we do not have an answer for the question, “NOW WHAT”. Truly the victory of Jesus does not often carry on from this day through our lips and by way of our service. Sometimes we end up losing sight of the truth that we are called to confess with Isaiah the life of “Morning by morning he awakens me like one being taught.” Instead Easter becomes just our reminder of what will be given to us on the day we breath our last. That in itself is great news. The promise of eternal life through our resurrected Christ will certainly make His victory today seem complete on the day when God calls us home. But is that all to Easter?
The victory of Jesus does not just focus upon us what will happen the day we breath our last breath. The gifts of His victory are not just handed out on our death bed. Instead the victory that was won for us on the Easter morning, begins today and will continue throughout our life.
I have an uncle that would call me from time to time to ask me what I did with the money he gave me for college. He wanted to encourage me to spend it on the things that mattered and not on things that did not fit into the overall picture of graduating. I believe Jesus was the originator of such a program. He also wants us to spend what he has given us on the things that fit into the overall picture of a Christian life. He too does not want us to waist what he gives us. So on the day of our Lord’s resurrection, Jesus came to put that program into action. He approached two disciples on the road to Emmaus to help them continue their journey of faith and as a result of his visit, these two would continue to walk and serve on the path of faith.