Luke 24:13-53; Genesis 44; Psalm 35
“Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, ‘Peace to you.’ But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. (Luke 24:36-37 NKJV)
The immediate aftermath of the Resurrection was confusion. The news was too amazing and too good to believe, and yet, a couple of the women had seen Jesus, a few more had seen angels who proclaimed the news of the resurrection, and now, two of their group who had given up and gone home, rushed back into town after meeting with the resurrected Jesus. While they were talking about the news and coming to grips with the truth of the Resurrection, Jesus appeared in their midst and greeted them with a blessing of peace. It’s one thing to talk about a miracle, it’s something else to be in the middle of one. The disciples were terrified and thought they’d seen a ghost. Even Simon and the two guys from Emmaus who had already had a physical encounter with the risen Christ. They might be excused for thinking that He was a spirit, since the doors had been locked. Still, it’s amazing to me that while they were marveling about the resurrected Christ, He showed up and they were scared to death.
Have you ever talked about God working miraculously in someone’s life? Maybe they were healed in a way that had doctors scratching their heads while the person telling the story nodded their head and said, “but we know what really happened.” Maybe someone told one of those tales where they needed a specific sum of money to make an important payment, and a check appeared in the mail. You may have listened with a sense of awe at how God was working in others while thinking that God would never do something like that for you. God’s still working in this world whether it’s through mighty miracles or showing His love and grace in small ways that reveal His presence over a long period of time. Know that He’ll reveal Himself if you look for Him. Know that He’s working in this world and in your life, even if He works in small ways. Trust Him to lead You each day and know that He’s guiding your steps when you seek Him.
Lord, open my eyes that I could see Your presence in the events of my life. Give me faith to believe in Your leadership when it seems like nothing’s happening when I need You. Help me be ready for You to intervene in big and mighty ways and use those times to show others about Your love.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.