“Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, ‘Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, “The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” ‘ And they remembered His words.” ~ Luke 24:1-8
How many times are we “greatly perplexed” when something in life turns out very differently than we expected? We so often are caught off guard and “thrown for a loop”! We are shaken and sometimes afraid, baffled about what to do next. It is at those moments we need to be gently reminded to remember.
And they remembered His words. We may not have angels come speak with us, but we have something better: the Holy Spirit. God, through His Spirit within us, gently reminds us to turn to His Words. The Bible is chock full of reminders of God’s faithfulness and promises, of His plans and directions for us, and of His grace ~ unearned, undeserved love and mercy and forgiveness. Remember.
“Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him…And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself…Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.” ~ Luke 24:13-16, 27, 30-31
Again, these two walking the road to Emmaus were greatly perplexed by what had happened to Jesus in Jerusalem. They were talking and reasoning together, most likely wondering and unsure of what to do next, when Jesus Himself joined them on their journey. He explained to them about the prophecies written about the Messiah, and how Jesus had fulfilled them. But they did not recognize Him until He blessed, broke, and gave them bread. “And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’ ” ~ Luke 22:19. When you do this, remember Me.
Do we remember that Jesus has joined us on our journey through life? He is with us, every step of the way! Do we remember who Jesus is as we take Communion? Do we “converse and reason” together about our Lord and Saviour as we break bread and fellowship with others? Remember.
Jesus promised, ” ‘I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ ” ~ Matthew 28:20b. Remember.
Jesus commissioned us to preach the Gospel ” ‘in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things. Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.’ ” ~ Luke 24:47b-49, but only “with the power from on high”, “the Promise of My Father” – the Holy Spirit. Remember.
Jesus warned us of troubles to come, but He also assured us that He will give us the words to speak, and discernment, at the exact moment we need them. ” ‘You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake. But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist.’ ” ~ Luke 21:12b-15. Remember.
Are you feeling “greatly perplexed” today? Remember! 🙂