“Times are so hopelessly bad.” “What can we do?” “How will we survive?” “When will things finally settle out and return to normal?” “Will we survive?”
All these are good questions and they are ones that we are hearing today. Our Nation is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, they say. We are seeing storms and fires and wars and it seems that no one has an answer that promises to us any measureable or enduring successes.
Today, more than any other time in history, that any of us living can recall, there are multiple enemies that seem to glare at us with threats of attack, suggesting that they shall certainly defeat us in the battle.
All the while we as The People speak and no one seems to hear us. Too many of us have a fear of impending doom and have no idea of how we may protect ourselves.
In addition to that set circumstances there is no clarion call coming to us from the Church or from any other institution of our culture.
Is there any other time in history during which time things have seemed so dark and uncontrollable?
There have been these times by multiplied numbers and the two disciples on the Emmaus Road would know exactly, or maybe more so, what we are feeling in our times of absolute hopeless and helplessness with our question of, “How is this working out correctly?”
I opened the Book this morning and it fell open on the 24th chapter of Luke to the question that Jesus asked of the two disciples that were returning to their home by way of the Emmaus Road. They had thought that Jesus of Nazareth would set up His Kingdom and free them from the rule of the tyranny of the Romans over them. They had followed Him and heard Him speak and had seen Him do marvelous miracles and had no doubt walked with Him in the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem. Their King was now and finally there! They had waited for so long, generation after generation and now was the time. But, He had been crucified and was dead and gone.
You can understand their response when the stranger joined to walk with them and asked such a silly question as, “What manner of communications are these that you have one to another, as you walk, and are so sad?”
They answered Him with a question. In today’s vernacular they said, “Where did you come from? Are you the only one who does not know what happened in Jerusalem during Passover?” That is a logical question for them to ask, was it not? The problem was that they did not have access to all the information available. They had been told, but they had not comprehended. Also there was Jesus alive and well, right beside them, but they did not know it.
They further relayed to the one with whom they walked that Jesus of Nazareth had been thought to be the Messiah and now He was dead! Surely they wondered how they could return to living life again now that hope was gone from them for freedom and victory, and they felt the void emptiness present with them now that He Whom they had loved was gone.
The Stranger did what we must do, He began to instruct them from the Book of the Law and the Prophets that all these things were the right things to have happened. You see, He did exactly what they thought He was going to do but in so much a better way than they had thought. Jesus, Whom they still did not recognize, assured them that all things were right on target.
All victories and all defeats occur in the realm of the spirit/Spirit before they take a form on earth.
Therefore, we must watch our words and our attitudes and not demolish our own faith and victory in the circumstances. Jesus taught us that blessings or snares come from our hearts by way of our mouths.
If God says it is so, then we say it is so. We must agree with God.
Jesus won the war. Satan had been out to defeat Him since the insurrection in Heaven and he had taken ruler-ship of that which Adam and Eve had given to him, and Jesus had taken it back!
I validate these statements with the Scripture found in I Corinthians 2: 7 & 8, “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
It was hidden from them all, but God knew, and Jesus and the Holy Spirit knew The Plan, and it was for Jesus to die on that Cross as a substitute for every man, woman and child, so that He, having become a Man of flesh like us, could shed His perfect and sinless blood for our sins and free us from the hold that Satan had on us, and to set us free to choose Him and Heaven for all eternity. The Battle was won, the Kingdom begun!
Had the leadership of the Synagogue known Who Jesus was, they would have never had Him crucified and had Satan known what was happening to him, he would not have thought it such a good idea.
It was in the Book all along, even as it is in the Book for us today.
Jesus did set up His Kingdom and we have it in our hearts and we are to live out of that Kingdom. God is never a loser! God is never caught off guard. God can never be outsmarted. God is not helpless and hopeless, He has all power in Heaven and in earth, and we can rest on those promises.
Let us think, let us reason that even as the two disciples on the Emmaus Road thought that everything had come unglued and was hopeless, it was not, everything was successful; and so is God’s plan for today.
Surely, it looks bad if you look at the things that seem to be happening with things falling apart, but let us ask ourselves, exactly whose kingdom is falling?
“What manner of communications are these that you have one to another, as you walk, and are so sad?”
Now, that’s a good question!”
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