Today’s Reading - Luke 24:1-35
Saturday’s Reading - Luke 24:36-53
6 He is not here; he has risen! . . . 15 . . . Jesus himself came up and walked along with them. - Luke 24:6, 15
As we conclude our reading together and learning from the Gospel of Luke over the last two months, I trust it has been an enjoyable and growing experience for you. My prayer always as we read together and I write devotions is that each day someone will gain insight into following Christ in a more intimate way. The resurrection is the resurrection. We live and have our being in Christ because of the resurrection. Jesus’ death was critically important but would be invalid without the resurrection. The power to overcome death is what makes us who we are in Christ. The resurrection needs no real explanation other than it displayed a holy God doing what only He could do and do it for the sake of his children yesterday, today, and forever. Celebrate the resurrection in your life today in some way. Look around you and see evidence of the power of the resurrection all around you. Give thanks throughout the day for the fact the tomb was empty and the men who appeared to the women exclaimed that he had risen. It is who and what we are. We are people of the resurrection. And then live into the Emmaus story and walk with Jesus. Know that Jesus is walking with you whether you realize it or not and regardless of whether you recognize him. Just walk with Him each and every moment. The power of the Emmaus story is found in the fact that Jesus walks with us and we can embrace him and choose to walk alongside Jesus. How wonderful is that reality! He is risen and He walks with us. A powerful truth to live into on a heat index warning July day.
Heavenly Father, we simply offer thanks for exerting your power to bring your Son out of that grave in order to live triumphantly for all eternity. We offer thanks for walking beside us when we do know you are there and when we don’t recognize you. We declare we walk with power and we walk with you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.