Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed! Alleluia!
The women had seen the empty tomb and so had some of the disciples. They believed Jesus had risen from the dead. This news spread throughout Jerusalem, the Lord had risen.
But not everyone believed. The evening of Easter, two men were walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus. A stranger joined them on their walk. It was Jesus in disguise as Scripture says, “But their eyes were kept from recognizing Him.” (Lk 24:16)
They were sad and downtrodden. They shared with the stranger all that had happened—about Jesus being crucified. They told the stranger about what they heard from the women at the tomb and the disciples. They didn’t believe that Jesus was raised until Jesus revealed it to them that He was in fact Jesus.
“When He was at table with them, He took the bread and blessed it and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized Him.” (Lk 24:31)
There are many sad people in the world today—people that don’t know Christ.—people that don’t know what Christ did for them on the cross or about His glorious resurrection. They don’t have the joy that we have knowing what Christ did to overcome sin, death, and the power of the devil and give to us forgiveness of sins, salvation, and life everlasting.
Here at Our Redeemer, we are about equipping disciples, to make disciples, for Jesus. As disciples of Jesus, we joyfully proclaim Christ’s victory, by the power of the Holy Spirit whom Christ sent to guide us.
“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will stand upon the earth.” ~ Job 19:25
In Our Risen Savior Jesus’ Name,
Vicar Andrew Wolfgram