He has Risen! Alleluia!
Today’s devotion is based on Luke 24:25-27, “[Jesus] said to them, ‘How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?’ Beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.”
On the first Easter evening, two of Jesus’ disciples were traveling to a town called Emmaus. They were sad because Jesus had been killed. They had lost hope. Suddenly, the risen Jesus joined them. But they did not recognize him. Jesus used the opportunity to explain to them that what had happened to him was what God had predicted through the Old Testament prophets. He wanted them to know that their hope in Jesus rested on the solid foundation of God’s Word.
Hope is only as good as the foundation on which it stands. I can hope all I want that the air will hold me up when I jump off the top of a ladder. But since the foundation on which that hope stands is as thin as air, that hope will fail me. On the other hand, when I hope that the concrete sidewalk I’m walking on will support me. The foundation on which that hope is built is as strong as concrete.
The hope that God has given us is built on that same solid foundation. We are not walking on air when we trust that Jesus died and rose to pay for all our sins. We are walking on something far more substantial than concrete. We are walking on God’s Word and his promises cannot be broken.
Please pray with me: Lord Jesus, thank you for giving me a solid hope grounded in your Word. Amen.