Apr. 1 - Easter
After Jesus’s resurrection, two people were walking along the road to Emmaus. Jesus appeared to them and, unaware who they were talking to, the couple shared their discouragement with how Jesus’s story had played out.
Luke 24: 25-27 Jesus said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
The people had hoped that Jesus would have triumphed politically in his life and improved the way their day-to-day lives had been, but they were only trying to squeeze Jesus into their personal stories. If they had stepped back to see the big picture and considered all that the Scriptures had said, they would have seen they were only playing a small role in the story of Jesus.
On Sunday, Greg warned that if we try to fit Jesus into our stories by picking and choosing the bits of Him that we like and are convenient for us, we will never know life in the fullness that God intended. When the duo on the road had seen the story wasn’t turning out as they expected, they left the community of other believers to head home alone to Emmaus. Once Jesus set them straight, they immediately returned to Jerusalem.
Don’t let your incomplete picture of who Jesus is lead you away from the fellowship of believers. Strive to learn the truth about Jesus’s character, immerse yourself in the lives of other believers and grow in your prayer life. Experiencing Jesus in all his fullness will be so much better than any story you could write for yourself here on Earth.