Last week I was exhausted from night cycling so I went home, washed up and knocked out. Waking up I knew I was going to be late for service but still trusted God that this message will be apt for me. And apt it was, as a reflection of my emotional turmoil earlier in the month.
Taken from Luke 24, the sermon is about the lost hopes of the disciples on the Emmaus Road.
The account opens with the disciples discouraged that Jesus, their supposed new ruler, had died. He was unable to bring about the prophecy of restoration of Israel to her former glory. In trouble, we tend to overlook past blessing causing our journey to be incredibly unsettling, instead of looking back at all the good things God have given us and being grateful. I’m always looking for more but many a time at the expense of forgetting the blessings past.
A disguised Jesus walked and talked with them about the Bible concerning Himself, and as time flew they reached home just before nightfall. They invited Him in as an act of kindness, and while customarily they, as hosts, serve the guest, Jesus served them with broken bread. He who came as a guest became the host. He does not want to just live with us, but in us too. In seasons of disappointment, spend time in God’s Presence. Remember Him when all hope is lost.
When Jesus broke bread, the disciples had a sudden revelation in seeing Jesus. Then, though it was dark and dangerous and a long journey, they trekked all the way back to Jerusalem to share with the rest that Jesus really was alive. In seeing Jesus, their hope were restored exceedingly.
“For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” [Romans 8:24-25]
I want to enjoy this lasting hope every day of my life. The key is to see Jesus. In the Word. Through music. Through prayer. Through quality time. The Lord reminded me that every time I look at Him, I unconsciously, miraculously receive that which my heart desires.
When our hope and trust is in Christ, all these other lesser glorious things will be added on.