We began the series by jumping to after the resurrection and looking at the two on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24:13-34. These two people had an encounter with Jesus and we see in verse 16 that God kept them from knowing or recognizing Jesus. Now I'm not going to speculate why this happened, but the point I want to make is the fact that they missed Jesus. They had an encounter with the Messiah, the greatest teacher and person to walk the Earth, who had died for us all and they missed him! How disappointing that would be! So we looked at 2 reasons why today we miss Jesus.
1) Our Sin Blinds Us
-Isaiah 59:2 tells us that our sin separates us. This doesn't mean that salvation is impossible because we know in Romans 5:8 that Jesus
died for us while we still sinners.
-It's like bad cell phone, radio, or TV reception. Sin causes us to not to be able to pick up the signal clearly.
2) We're Not Looking For Him
-I believe this a big problem. Too many people today are convinced that going to church on Sunday and Wednesday are enough. That is
one of the biggest lies ever told. We must be seeking fellowship with God daily and constantly. I love how Jeremiah 29:13 in the Message
"When you come looking for me, you'll find me. "Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I'll
make sure you won't be disappointed."
I don't know about you but that's about as clear as it can be. We must get serious about finding God. Then He tells us that when that
happens we won't be disappointed. What a wonderful promise!
As I closed the evening I asked the students to think about what in their life is hindering them from seeing Jesus. Is it sin? Is it the fact that they've made life about themselves and not God in the first place? Or is it the fact that they haven't been seeking God at all? If we look back at the main scripture in verse 32 we see that the two were sad that they didn't realize it was Jesus. They were even disappointed. Don't be disappointed. Seek Jesus because if seriously seek Him then you won't be disappointed.