How Will You Believe What I Say?
There must have been times in Jesus’ ministry when he wondered what it would take to get through to his disciples. What would it take for them to understand who he really was, and what he was sent to earth to do? Why wouldn’t they listen? When would they finally understand?
Maybe it was easier for the disciples to believe Jesus after he was crucified, died, and raised to life again. Maybe then they finally understood. This week we will look at five questions—transformative, personal, and empowering questions—that Jesus asked when he appeared to his followers after the resurrection.
Let’s set the stage for these questions. Luke 24:13-35 tells the story of two disciples walking on the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus. One of them is named Cleopas. The other is not even named. These two followers of Jesus were not part of the inner circle of twelve disciples. They were just ordinary people who had followed Jesus.
They were just like us.
In Jerusalem, Cleopas and the other disciple had witnessed the horror of Jesus’ crucifixion. They must have believed that his death on the cross was simply the end of the story. In their grief, they felt defeated and deflated, betrayed and let down. They felt like failures because their friend and Lord had been crucified.
Then someone joined them on the road. Though they didn’t recognize him at first, when they looked back later they realized that their “hearts burned” as they walked and talked with Jesus.
On the road to Emmaus Jesus gave these two followers vision and direction, new meaning and purpose. Seeing their Lord, now risen from the dead, set their hearts on fire.
How will you believe what Jesus says?
Questions to Ponder
- When have you felt like the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, meandering through life without a clear sense of vision and purpose? What did you learn from this experience?
- What would it take for you to be set on fire for your faith?
Prayer for Today
Dear Jesus, I believe that you died on the cross and were raised to life again. Guide me on the road with you, and help me to follow you all the days of my life. In your holy name. Amen.