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Easter Message: Dealing With Doubt and Disappointment
Shared human experience: Everyone has childhood dreams. When I was a child I wanted to be a drummer in elementary school band. I tried out for the position, but the band teacher suggested I become a trumpet player instead. I drowned my trumpet!
The disappointing experience of trying to get pregnant and month after month seeing negative results. Ultimately experiencing the joy of conception.
Background: The death and resurrection story account of Jesus is both a high point and a low point for those who were following Jesus’ ministry. The background and context of being a Jew in Israel in the time of Roman rule was a volitale time both religiously and politically. Many were awaiting a time of deliverance from Roman oppression and just a week prior to this disappointing arrest of Jesus, there was excitement and hope that he would deliver the Jews.
Big Idea: In order to appreciate resurrection power, we have to experience the pain of death. Jesus is with us every step of the way.
Road to Emmaus
1. The look of a downcast face is the expression of disappointment on the inside.
Disappointment in this case was because of misaligned expectations.
Disappointment messes with your vision.
Hoping for deliverance and deliverance came, but not as they expected
Jesus comes alongside us in our journey of disappointment
2. We need to be infused with vision to see the bigger picture
Jesus explains the process of God. God’s process is, in most cases, NEVER what or the way we expect. Learn to be surprised by God. Walking by faith is imperative in this process.
Before there is resurrection, there is death
To know the power of God, we must know the pain
To appreciate such great salvation, know the seriousness of our sin
Appreciate life, we must know the temporary sting of death
Martin Loyd Jones Mediterranean Submarine Depression story
Now I tell you this story simply in order to show you the condition of these men on the road to Emmaus. There they are: ‘We had thought . . . but, oh, what’s the use of thinking? They tried him and condemned him unjustly. They crucified him. He died, and they buried him. And he’s in the tomb.’ They are so certain of this that they have become oblivious of everything else and blind to everything else. And I have a fear, my dear friends, that that is the trouble with so many of us. We are so aware of the problems, so immersed in them, that we have forgotten all of the glory that is around us and have seen nothing but the problems that lead to this increasing dejection.
3. When you have your eyes opened to see Jesus, hope can be restored
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,
and his incomparably great power for us who believe. “ – Ephesians 1:18-19
They began to recognize Jesus from the manner in which he broke the bread. Jesus had given them a picture of his broken body and blood in the picture of the Last Supper.
The resurrection brought revelation. The resurrection is not just a historical event, but a reality of life that we live in today.
Gives us hope for our future.
Proves Jesus is and was more than just a “good person”
Could you imagine the joy they experienced once they realized it was the Lord?
Could you imagine the hope that was restored when they came to understand all that needed to take place and the implications it had upon their lives?
How did this energize them and fuel them in their mission to be witnesses and share the Good News of the Kingdom?