Vs. 6, “He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee.” I don’t want this fact to be lost in this chapter, He is risen. There is power and fulfillment in the Resurrection! How wonderful that Jesus would meet the women as they came first to honor him on the very first Easter Sunday. Naturally, it would be hard for the disciples to believe this claim, so Peter and John would check it out themselves (vs. 9-12). We are told in John’s Gospel that he also came with Peter. We then are given this interesting story of the road to Emmaus (vs. 13-35). It’s kind of comical as Jesus walks up to Cleopas and his friend who happen to be talking about him. The writing on the wall for hope was there, but they didn’t understand it yet. When then see Jesus reveal Himself to the others in Jerusalem (vs. 36-44). In both instances, we see Jesus the patience and the love of our Lord. Lastly, the disciples and all of us are reminded that we have a job to do! Jesus has commissioned us to be spiritual ambassadors and witnesses to tell the world who He is (vs. 45-53).
Regarding application…Open Our Minds. Vs. 45, “Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scripture.” Question: What was Jesus trying to teach them? That all of Scripture points towards the Messiah! Jesus is teaching us that God had a plan from the very beginning of Genesis to the book of Revelation. The disciples were in a relationship with Jesus, but still did not fully understand. And you know what? That’s okay. God does not expect us to know the deep things of theology or Scripture all at one time. But as we progress in this life, our prayer should be that He would continue to open our minds. That is why we read the Bible daily so that our minds would not grow dull to the heartbeat of God. Let Jesus open your mind and your heart today!