No longer slow of heart

Posted: October 27, 2011 in Devotional

Luke 24:25-26, “Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” ”

The Messiah had risen from the dead, and the disciples were dumbfounded. On the way to Emmaus, Cleopas and his friend were lamenting the fact that Jesus had been sent to the cross. Even the news from Mary and the women had not cheered them, it had only confused them more. Only rightly does the Lord Jesus (still unknown to their eyes) chastise them for their lack of faith and understanding. The Scriptures had dozens of prophecies stating how the Messiah was to suffer and die, and if that weren’t enough Jesus Himself had told them repeatedly of His impending death and resurrection. They ought to have believed!

How difficult it is for us to simply believe the word of the Lord! We read the promises of His power – of His protection in trouble – of His guidance through the Spirit and the Scriptures – and yet still we doubt the word of our Savior. We wonder if He will really be true, yet never has Jesus given us any reason to doubt.

What was the proof that the disciples of Christ ought to have believed Him? The same proof we have: the resurrection itself. Should Jesus have remained in the grave, it wouldn’t have mattered at all if He performed twice the miracles He performed, or taught more eloquently than He did. Without the resurrection, nothing mattered. Yet WITH the resurrection, what blessed assurance we have of our faith! No longer need we be slow of heart – we can believe the word of God for what it says. Our Lord Jesus is alive. He did indeed suffer for us, according to the Scriptures, yet He has indeed entered to glory as well. Friend, look unto the Risen Jesus & believe!

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