by Dr. Stephen Rummage on April 08, 2021
May 06, 2021
Imagine you are a child in a Sunday School class on Easter Sunday. You go to your class and your teacher gives you a coloring sheet showing Jesus on the cross and a pack of 48 Crayola crayons. Your teacher tells you, “I want you to use Easter colors to color this sheet.” You would know exactly what your teacher means. Easter colors are bright colors. You might pick a bright red crayon, or a purple crayon, or a pink crayon, or a yellow, green or blue one. Those are Easter colors… or at least, they are our Easter colors, right now.
But those who followed Jesus at the very first Easter would have chosen different colors. If you had given them a crayon box on that first Easter and said, “Pick the colors that symbolize how you feel,” they might have chosen brown to symbolize their loneliness and isolation, gray to portray their gloom and sorrow, and the darkest shades of black to symbolize evil, despair, and sin.
Our emotions today as Christians on Easter are light and bright because of our hope and victory. And rightly so because He truly is alive! But the Bible describes followers of Christ that first Easter as: perplexed, frightened, troubled, and sad. But thankfully, Jesus took those somber “Easter colors” and sorrowful “Easter emotions,” and transformed them to “great joy” as the disciples saw, heard, and believed in the Risen Lord Jesus!
In the beginning of Luke 24, we find the women who arose early on that first Easter Sunday and returned to the grave, only to find an empty tomb. Then as they heard and saw two angels who proclaimed to them that Jesus had risen just as He said He would, they ran and shared the good news! Then in the following hours, Jesus Christ showed up on Easter. And He transformed the emotions and outlook of His disciples by showing them that He truly is alive.
This passage teaches us that Jesus transformed the lives of His disciples in three ways…
1. Jesus replaced the doubts in their minds with the truth of God’s Word
While two disciples traveled the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus discussing what had just happened, Jesus drew near. God had worked to keep them from seeing who He was, but Jesus saw who they were and how they were. We see in verse 17 that these disciples “stood still, looking sad,” for they “had hoped that He was the one.” They had watched and seen Jesus themselves, but their hope was gone as they watched Him die on the cross. Their misunderstanding led to their disappointment; their disappointment led to their discouragement; and their discouragement led to their doubt. But Jesus said to them: “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into His glory?” Jesus was asking: Why do you find it so hard to believe what the prophets have written in the Scriptures? Then verse 26 says “and beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.”
Here is what I have learned: When I come to the word of God and when I ask God to show me His Son in His Word, over and over again, I find Him. Jesus replaced their uncertainty and doubts with the perfect truth of the written Word of God that points to the reality of Himself.
2. Jesus replaced the sorrow in their hearts with the light of His presence
Then as the disciples invited Jesus to stay, Jesus did something unusual. Ordinarily, the host would have broken the bread at the beginning of the meal. Instead, Jesus took this task upon Himself. And, instantly their “eyes were opened” and they “recognized Him.” Then the disciples said to one another in verse 32, “Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked to us on the road, while He opened to us the Scriptures?” That word burn means for a flame to be ignited, specifically a flame that brings light and warmth.
When you allow Jesus Christ to take residency in your heart, He will bring light to your darkness and warmth to coldness and loneliness! Jesus has turned on the light beyond the valley of the shadow of death and that light shines with brightness and warmth for everyone who trusts in Him. We have no need for sorrow, worry, or fear, for Jesus has replaced our sorrow with the light of His presence.
3. Jesus replaced the uncertainty in their souls with the message of His salvation.
The Word of God tells us that after the two disciples from Emmaus realized they had seen Jesus, they got up and went back to Jerusalem. And as they were explaining to the remaining disciples, something miraculous happened, “Jesus Himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace to you!”” And as Jesus showed them His scars in His hands and His feet, the disciples realized this was not a ghost or an apparition, this was the resurrected man. He has proven to be the Son of God with the power to save and the ability to give eternal life; and most importantly that this truth can be trusted.
There are people who know the right facts of the Gospel, but who never trust the power of the Jesus to save them. They can cross all the t’s and dot all the i’s, but they still can’t spell “salvation.” If you have any questions on salvation or if you have any prayer needs, you can call (405) 302-3030 or you can text your first name to (405) 256-4701. We would love to connect with you.
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