OUR THEME FOR EASTER: COME TO THE TABLE Luke 24:30-31
Throughout the New Testament, the message on every page is – come to God who loves you! No other god or regime invites its constituency to come for love, for everyday blessings and great eternal benefits.
After following Jesus closely for 3 ½ years, after hearing his teaching, seeing the miracles, receiving the blessing of healing, forgiveness and restoration, the Disciples were excited. They believed that Jesus was the Christ, the Messiah. But then came the judgment, the beating, the cross, the burial and they wondered, was it all true? Was it worth their time and energy to follow Jesus, or were they following a worthless pursuit?
Then three days after Jesus burial, out of respect, Mary and the other women went to the tomb to take care of Jesus’ body following the Jewish custom. But what they found was not what they expected, and what came next was a glorious, supernatural surprise!
In John 1:38-39, two of John the Baptist’s disciples were following Jesus. Jesus turned and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” Jesus replied “Come and you will see.”
Jesus invitation to “come and see…” is for all who follow Him! They find it’s real!
Remember what Jesus had told the disciples just days before (Luke 22: 7-8, 14-20)? They heard the words, but failed to grasp the significance of what He was saying. Even the disciples, dedicated Jews, did not get the real picture. No matter, because they would see it all played out in real life in a few hours.
Remember what He had said? In Luke 24:1-11, Mary and the other women were just outside the opened tomb, still trying to figure out what was happening. And then, surprise! Two men stood by them in dazzling apparel, and said “Why do you seek the living among the dead?
He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” And they remembered his words.
Remember who He says it to? On the road to Emmaus in Luke 24: 13-32, Jesus joined two discouraged disciples as they walked along. In their grief, they shared with Jesus their disillusionment, but upon hearing their sadness, Jesus comforts them by reminding them of all He had taught them. Later that day, as Jesus gave thanks and broke bread, their eyes were opened!
Remember how Jesus said that all things written about Him must be fulfilled (Luke 24:36-48)?
For us, we must always remember that the past and the future are all part of one story!
Hallelujah, HE IS RISEN!
I hope you’ll join us this Easter Sunday for an exciting interactive service including the Lord’s Supper this Easter.
Looking forward to seeing you Sunday!