After Jesus’ resurrection, two of His disciples return to their hometown, despondent and discouraged (Luke 24). Jesus walks with them, but BEFORE revealing Himself to them fully in His resurrected state, He used ‘Moses and the Prophets’ (the Old Testament, God’s revealed Word) to substantiate His resurrection. The question is, why didn’t Jesus reveal Himself in resurrected glory FIRST before teaching them from the Scriptures? It’s because the HEART MUST SEE before the eyes do … You do not see to believe; you believe to see. You need your heart burned with Scripture from the mouth of Jesus in order to believe (24:32). Jesus already explained this in Luke 16 about the parable of the rich man in Hell: “Father Abraham, if one goes to [my unbelieving brothers] from the dead, they will repent.’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead’”. Even if the resurrection was filmed by Mel Gibson, it would NOT ‘make’ people believe, not even Jesus’ own disciples. Man in himself does not have the power to perceive only what God chooses to reveal. Here is my sermon on these things from Luke 24:1-35 (c.f. Lamentations 3:21-33).
God bless, Pastor Haydn.
Hymns used during the service were as follows:
- Jesus What a Beautiful Name
- Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
- Amazing Grace
- Joyful Joyful, We Adore Thee
- Guide Me Oh Thou Great Redeemer
- We’re Marching to Zion