4/26/20 – Hope in the Resurrection: The God Who Stays

Posted on : Apr 23rd, 2020 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

Dear Friends:

We continue the celebration of the Resurrection.  This week we journey with friends on the Road to Emmaus and the Risen Christ appearing to them.  They do not initially recognize him, but sometimes neither do we.  Other times we may think we don’t deserve to have God with us because we have strong and unwanted feelings or behaviors.  Basically, there are four feelings from which all others stem: Mad, Sad, Glad, Afraid.  This Sunday we will look at what happens when we have those strong “unwanted” feelings, such as mad, afraid, sad.  Sometimes those feelings can get large and scary, overwhelming us and making us think we are “bad” or “unworthy.”  (Fear not, we will look at “glad” in a few weeks!!)  I heard a song recently called “The God Who Stays.” These words really struck me:

But somehow You don’t see me like I do.  Somehow, You’re still here.  You’re the God who stays.  You’re the God who stays. You’re the one who runs in my direction.

When the whole world walks away You’re the God who stands. With wide open arms.  And You tell me nothing I have ever done can separate my heart.  

God stays with us; the Risen Christ stays with us, loves us, and helps us to recognize.

God’s presence in all we do and in all we are. 

Please join us for Worship Sunday morning at 11am.

See you then,

Lisa

 

Luke 24:13-35

Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened.  While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him.  And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?”  They stood still, looking sad.  Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?”  He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him.  But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel.  Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place.  Moreover, some women of our group astounded us.  They were at the tomb early this morning,  and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive.  Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.”  Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared!  Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?”  Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.

As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on.  But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.”  So he went in to stay with them.  When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.  Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.  They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?”  That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together.  They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!”  Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

 

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