A Deeper Look at Easter
Our story begins today with two men walking along a road toward a town about seven miles northwest of Jerusalem called Emmaus. These two men had been followers of Christ. They had heard Him speak, they had watched Him heal…they had seen Him die. They had heard reports from the women that the tomb was empty but they did not believe them. They had hoped that Jesus would free their people from Roman oppression but their hopes had been shattered. We get the impression that these men were disappointed and discouraged because God did not do what they wanted him to do. Their dream of freedom and victory seemed to die with Christ. They were blind; blind to the truth about Christ, blind to the meaning of the cross and blind to the reality of the resurrection. You see, the concept of the resurrection lies at the heart of Christianity. If you remove it, Christianity is destroyed. The resurrection of Jesus Christ affirms to us that He is indeed the Son of God, just as He claimed to be and it proves that we can experience that same power through a personal relationship with God. Sadly, I think a lot people today allow many different things to blind them to the truth about Christ. As we take a deeper look at Easter, my hope is that our vision will not be clouded and our line of sight will not be obstructed to one of the most important aspects of the Christian faith: the resurrection of Christ. Let’s take a moment to determine why these two men were blinded to the truth of the resurrection.
1. They were blinded by their emotions: 13-17
There’s no doubt that the past couple of days in these men’s lives had been extremely emotional. These men were followers of Christ. They were devoted to His teachings and plans and as far as they were concerned they had seen their hopes dashed and their plans destroyed with Christ’s death. Here they are on the road to Emmaus ‘‘talking with each other about all the things that had taken ...
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