Sunday service, Jabulani Dube, 22 April 2018
1 But on the first day of the week, at dawn, they came to the place where his body had been put, taking the spices which they had got ready.
2 And they saw that the stone had been rolled away.
3 And they went in, but the body of the Lord Jesus was not there.
13 And then, two of them, on that very day, were going to a little town named Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem.
14 And they were talking together about all those things which had taken place.
15 And while they were talking and questioning together, Jesus himself came near and went with them.
16 But their eyes were not open that they might have knowledge of him.
17 And he said to them, What are you talking about together while you go?
18 Then stopping, and looking sadly at him, one of them, named Cleopas, said to him, Are you the only man living in Jerusalem who has not had news of the things which have taken place there at this time?
19 And he said to them, What things? And they said, The things to do with Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet, great in his acts and his words, before God and all the people:
20 And how the chief priests and our rulers gave him up to be put to death on the cross.
21 But we were hoping that he would be the Saviour of Israel. In addition to all this he has now let three days go by from the time when these things took place;
22 And certain women among us gave us cause for wonder, for they went early to the place where his body had been put,
23 And it was not there; then they came saying that they had seen a vision of angels who said that he was living.
24 And some of those who were with us went to the place, and saw that it was as the women had said, but him they did not see.
25 And he said, O foolish men! how slow you are to give belief to what the prophets have said.
26 Was it not necessary for the Christ to go through these things, and to come into his glory?
27 And he made clear to them all the things in the Writings, from Moses and from all the prophets, which had to do with himself.
28 And they came near the town to which they were going, and he seemed as if he was going on;
29 But they kept him back, saying, Do not go, for evening is near, the day is almost gone. And he went in with them.
30 And when he was seated with them at table, he took the bread, and said words of blessing and, making division of it, he gave it to them.
31 And then their eyes were open, and they had knowledge of him, but he went from their view.
32 And they said to one another, Were not our hearts burning in us while he was talking to us on the way, making clear to us the holy Writings?
33 And that very hour they got up and went back to Jerusalem, where the eleven and the others had come together.
34 And they said to them, The Lord has truly come back to life again, and Simon has seen him.
35 And they gave an account of the things which had taken place on the way, and how, when he gave them bread, they had knowledge of him.
36 And while they were saying these things, he himself was among them, and said to them, Peace be with you.
37 But they were full of fear, being of the opinion that they were seeing a spirit.
38 And he said to them, Why are you troubled, and why are your hearts full of doubt?
39 See; my hands and my feet: it is I myself; put your hands on me and make certain; for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see that I have.
40 And when he had said this, he let them see his hands and his feet.
41 And because, for joy and wonder, they were still in doubt, he said to them, Have you any food here?
42 And they gave him a bit of cooked fish.
43 And before their eyes he took a meal.
Paul says, “I want to present you to Christ as a pure virgin”. Here in Luke we read that the women were first at the tomb.
Cleopas and his companion had downcast faces as they explained the sad tidings to Jesus. But their eyes were only opened when Jesus broke the bread at table. You might be traveling in your car or be busy at work without realising that Jesus is speaking to you. To you what happens to you is simply what people do and you don’t see God in it. But we need to hear and discern when our Lord speaks to us.
We read that the disciples were full of fear and without peace. When He appeared to them His first words were, “peace be to you”. Are you at peace with your fellow men? Do you experience God’s peace in your heart and life and family? Jesus wants to be in our midst, to give peace in our life and families. If you don’t have that peace then come to the Lord Jesus that He might give you His peace. Come to be cleansed by His precious Blood.
Are you afraid of death? Murders are on the news every day. We’re living in terrible times. But make sure you are right with our Lord, that your sins are washed away that you can meet Him.
When we read the Bible we need to understand what it says. They read the Bible but didn’t understand until Jesus opened their understanding. If there’s something in your heart between you and God you won’t understand.
Jesus promised to clothe us with power from on high, with the Holy Spirit. You cannot be a blessing to your neighbors in your own power. We must preach this message of forgiveness in His name.
“Let your desire be for peace with all men, and to be made holy, without which no man may see the Lord;”
If you want to see the Lord you must strive to live in peace with all men, in holiness and sanctification. If you bear a grudge against your father or fellow brother then you don’t have this peace.
Will you be able to stand before the Lord?