After that he appeared in another form unto the two of them, as they walked, and he went into the country. Mark 16:12
Sometimes it can seem as though God has failed us, that He hasn’t done what He said He would do. Maybe some very difficult situation has become a part of our lives. Because it has happen we can become disillusioned and disappointed with the Lord Himself because He has allowed it.
That is how two of the Lord’s disciples felt after the Crucifixion of Jesus. They had lost hope, and sadness had overtaken them. They had left the city and the place of the cross, going back to their original lives. When Jesus appeared to them, they were walking away from Jerusalem into the country (see Mark 16:12). In their thinking , Jesus had failed them but in reality they had misunderstood the Lord’s purpose for coming to the earth. Their wrong desires had helped them to formulate opinions on what they thought Christ had come to do. They thought He would be a militant Messiah, not a suffering Savior.
If they had read the Scriptures carefully, and listened more carefully to His daily teachings they would have come to a full and clear understanding that He was going to suffer and die for the sins of all mankind. The Old Testament was full of details and Jesus while on this earth declared this over and over.
That was the problem with these discouraged disciples, that was the reason they were leaving Jerusalem. In their minds and hearts it was over. Jesus had died and He had failed them. They were headed back to the way life was before they began following this ONE who said He was the Messiah. Life for them was miserable again because in their minds CHRISTHAD FAILED and had FAILED THEM.
For those of us who have read the Bible we know that in time these two as well as thousands and thousands of others who thought God had failed, realized that He had not failed but fulfilled what He needed to do and three days later arose from the dead.
Jesus was doing exactly what He had set out to do, and they had misunderstood. And when it seems like God has failed them, it is because they had failed to understand what He had said and what His purpose was.
So for each of us today the lesson is that when it seems that Jesus has failed us we must remember that Jesus has not failed but we have failed to understand. Exercise patience, trust the Lord to reveal His purpose in His time!
JESUS NEVER FAILS! WHEN IT SEEMS AS IF HE HAS
LOOK WITHIN AND SEE IF WE HAVE FAILED IN
LISTENING TO HIS WORD’S !
I read the following article this week and wanted to pass it along. Greg Lauri wrote the article and I loved it because of its concise and clear way it reminds us of what Christ's death accomplished for us. Hope it helps you enjoy and understand our Lord's passion this Easter Season!
When Jesus had tasted it, he said, "It is finished!" Then he bowed his head and released his spirit.
The cross was the goal of Jesus from the very beginning. His birth was so there would be His death. The incarnation was for our atonement. He was born to die so that we might live. And when He had accomplished the purpose He had come to fulfill, He summed it up with a single word: finished.
In the original Greek, it was a common word. Jesus probably used it after He finished a project that He and Joseph might have been working on together in the carpentry shop. Jesus might have turned to Joseph and said, “Finished. Now let’s go have lunch.” It is finished. Mission accomplished. It is done. It is made an end of.
So what was finished? Finished and completed were the horrendous sufferings of Christ. Never again would He experience pain at the hand of wicked men. Never again would He have to bear the sins of the world. Never again would He, even for a moment, be forsaken of God. That was completed. That was taken care of.
Also finished was Satan’s stronghold on humanity. Jesus came to deal a decisive blow against the devil and his demons at the cross of Calvary. Hebrews 2:14 says, “That through death he might destroy him who had the power of death, that is the devil.” This means that you no longer have to be under the power of sin. Because of Jesus’ accomplishment at the cross, finished was the stronghold of Satan on humanity.
And lastly, finished was our salvation. It is completed. It is done. All of our sins were transferred to Jesus when He hung on the cross. His righteousness was transferred to our account.
So Jesus cried out the words, “It is finished!” It was God’s deliberate and well-thought-out plan. It is finished--so rejoice!
The satirical site The Onion ran a humorous (note: fictional) article with a biting truth. The article was titled "World Death Rate Holding Steady at 100 Percent." The article reported:
World Health Organization officials expressed disappointment Monday at the group's finding that, despite the enormous efforts of doctors, rescue workers and other medical professionals worldwide, the global death rate remains constant at 100 percent.
Death, a metabolic affliction causing total shutdown of all life functions, has long been considered humanity's number one health concern. Responsible for 100 percent of all recorded fatalities worldwide, the condition has no cure.
"I was really hoping, what with all those new radiology treatments, rescue helicopters, cutting edge surgeries, health foods/ herbs, new medicines and what have you, that we might at least make a dent in it this year," World Health Organization Director General Dr. Gernst Bladt said. "Unfortunately, it would appear that the death rate remains constant and total, as it has inviolably since the dawn of time.”
The above satire was meant to be humorous but in reality it is very sobering and serious. The reason for this reality is because man sinned and God sentenced death to all who would be born of women. Physical death is appointed unto every human. But the more stark reality is that eternal death is also appointed unto those who refuse to repent of their sinfulness and receive the Lord Jesus Christ. 100% of all who refuse to receive Christ will die forever and forever. Yes 100% ! There has never nor ever will be any improvement on that rate of eternal death for all rejectors of God’s only plan for eternal life, - the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Physical death is appointed unto 100% of all humans but the good news is that eternal death is only appointed to rejectors of Christ but the gift to all who receive Christ’s gift of forgiveness of sin is eternal life.
Terry has been the Senior Pastor of Liberty for 30 years. He and his wife, Karen, have 4 children, 11 grandchildren, and 1 spoiled dog named Cooper.