… but they were kept from recognizing him. Luke 24:16
The reality is, some people don’t want you to change or go anywhere different.
As we all know Jesus died and resurrected.. His disciples were heartbroken.. some forgot what He had said.. others denied him.. but all in all, they all went their own way. It is surprising that after Jesus death, some of them returned to their former lifestyles. Like Peter for instance, who went back to fishing. But today the Lord reminded me, that people don’t and won’t understand what it is to walk in resurrection power.
Jesus taught His disciples what would happen to Him, He told them: the Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise (Mark 9:31). So it’s almost difficult to accept, or try to justify that the disciples were frighten, illusive and hopeless after His death. But we can justify their actions, because is mark 9:32, the word says … but they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him. Have you ever taught people things you fully understand, and get a sense that they have no idea what you are talking about? Jesus knew they didn’t understand, but in wisdom He let it be.
Lesson #1: accept when people do not understand you, or your life.
After resurrection, Martha did not recognize the Lord when He called her name at the tomb- He had to call her a second time, and she did recognize Him. On another occasion, He walked with two men, and they were so blinded by their sadness and disappointment that they didn’t recognize it was Jesus they were speaking and walking with (Luke 24:16). The disciples saw the Lord Jesus die by crucifixion and be buried: they experienced fear, sadness, grief and hopelessness. I get it! They suffered with Christ, they cried and their faith took a hit!
Lesson #2: you may have fallen, lost your way, and even questioned why you are following after God, but God is working it for your good.
Jesus Christ resurrected by His spirit, and appeared to some of His followers. Some of His own disciples did not recognize Him. And as I read, the Lord ministered to me about Romans 8:18, what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal in us later. Jesus rose from the dead in the same physical body in which He died; He had the same body with the same wounds, lacerations and punctures! But this body was a glorified body. He was not concerned about those who turned their backs on Him, who abandoned Him, or what anybody would say about Him. Until this day people question whether Jesus resurrected or not, but His disciples saw Him ascend to heaven. What a mighty testimony! The Lord told them, it is necessary that I go because I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever and you are to wait for Him (John 16:7, 14: 16 & Acts 1:4).
Lesson #3: After you have suffered a while, the Lord will establish you (1Pet. 5:10). God will bring you back from the dead, and your own people may not recognize you, they will be confounded. You won’t need to prove yourself or be bitter but instead what God has done in you will re-ignite their faith.
Our Lord Jesus walked on this earth for about 33 years, and He was in full-time ministry for 3 years before His death. He did signs and wonders amongst the people: not for His glory but for the Father’s. He did not hunger for fame and fortune, but for the freedom and growth of His followers. Jesus left a legacy in 3 years. Can you challenge yourself to make an impact for the next 3 years?
Father God, Lord Jesus, Holy Spirit. Thank you for being the God if truth. The light of this world. And thank you for giving us joy, peace, love and faith. Thank you for giving us the capability to serve you, and the understanding to know you. I pray you would continue to revive us by your spirit. We can do nothing outside of you, you are welcomed here Holy Spirit. Glorify your name, through our lives. In Jesus name, Amen.