Then he [Jesus] opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. Luke 24:45
As the two men from the road to Emmaus are trying to explain to the disciples and others what happened—Jesus suddenly appears with the words, “Peace be with you.” Recognizing their doubt, Jesus offers for them to touch his hands and feet. He wants them to believe, and he knows that requires physical evidence. That’s why he appears, speaks and eats.
Watch this video clip as Pastor Jeff Manion talks about how Jesus gives the disciples what they need. He opens their minds by showing them his hands and his feet. He then takes a piece of broiled fish and eats. He converses with them. He knows they need to be convinced that he is truly, physically alive. These are just part of the “many convincing proofs” (Acts 1:3) Jesus gives his followers to prove that he is no longer dead.
The resurrection of Jesus holds the key to the hope we all need to face the challenges in our lives. Faith in Jesus gives us a realistic and unconquerable hope. The resurrection of Jesus can shape everything—and give us what we need in every emotional, relational and spiritual part of our lives.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
If you need more, as the disciples needed more, get a copy of Tim Keller’s latest book, Hope in Times of Fear-The Resurrection and the Meaning of Easter. This book will help you better understand the power and hope of the resurrection as we continue to face significant personal and societal challenges.
NEW TESTAMENT READING PLAN
Join us this year as we read through the New Testament.
Today’s reading is John 1.
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