Thursday, April 2, 2009

Perspectives- The Walk to Emmaus

We began a new series this Wednesday called "Perspectives".  We all have a perspective or viewpoint on people, situations, etc.  Our perspective can be swayed by our background, the people we surround ourselves with, and the Bible.  As Christians we all need to look through the "lens" of God in order to gain His perspective on the world, people, sin, and sinners who are destined for Hell.  We must look through God's lens in order to gain compassion on the world and have the drive to witness to the lost and help out those who are in need.  I challenged the students that along with looking through the lens of God daily, we need to look through the lens of the people around us.  We need to be looking through the lens of our friends, teachers, parents, pastors, etc. to try to gain an understanding of what they deal with and where they come from in the decisions they make.  We have to put ourselves in their shoes.  Since being in the ministry I have come to the realization of the necessity of this.  We must look through the eyes of other people in order to not cast judgement and to have an understanding of how to pray for them.  Throughout this series we are going to look at the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus through the eyes of the people involved, look at their perspective, and see how it applies to us today.

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 
   says it:
"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.

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