“. . . but we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel . . .” (Luke 24:21)
The two men walking on the road to Emmaus had just witnessed the death of Jesus on the cross. They were still in shock. It was the talk of the town – you could not escape all that had happened the past three days. But for these two men, just as for many others, they were overcome with discouragement. They thought that Jesus would be their redeemer – their Messiah that would rescue them from Roman rule and establish the Nation of Israel under his Kingship. Indeed – these men, as with many people in Jerusalem and throughout Judea, HAD hoped . . . but now their hope had been killed with Jesus on the cross.
It was then, when they were at their lowest and traveling a lonely road to Emmaus that Jesus showed up and walked alongside them. And it was only when Jesus started sharing the truth of God’s Word about His plan of salvation, were their eyes open to see that it was Jesus Himself that walked with them.
God always has a far better plan than what we map out for ourselves.
As we celebrated the Seder meal this week with Jewish and Christian friends and elected officials at our ministry center, we looked out our window at the Supreme Court of the United States. We couldn’t help but think that the High Court of Jesus’ day was the very mechanism that set in motion His Crucifixion. So as we celebrated the Passover and Last Supper meal, we were reminded to never lose hope – to stay right on course – for God’s plan always conquers man’s failures and injustice.
It is our prayer at Faith & Action that your hope is renewed as you celebrate all that God has done through His Son, Jesus Christ, this Easter!
On Behalf of Your Faith & Action Missionary Team,
Mrs. Peggy Nienaber
Director of Operation