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Hope – Day 30

Luke 24:20-21

The chief priests and our rulers handed Him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified Him; but we had hoped that He was the one who was going to redeem Israel.

The Thought

This conversation is between two disciples and Jesus (unrecognisable) on the road to Emmaus. How Jesus must have been smiling on the inside waiting for the moment when He could reveal Himself to them! The disciples’ hope expressed in this verse is a good one for all of us. We hope that Jesus is The One to redeem the world, not just Israel. And He is.

But just as He waited until the right moment to reveal Himself to those disciples, so He is waiting for just the right moment to return and take His church home to Heaven.

Those two disciples explained to their travelling companion what the women had said. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find His body. They came and told us they had seen a vision of angels, who said He was alive (Luke 24:22-23). If these travellers had believed the women, they would not have been leaving Jerusalem, they would have stayed around to see if what the women had said was true.

When their unknown and un-recognised fellow traveller joined them on the road, there faces were downcast, full of disappointment and lacking hope. But Jesus, still unrecognised, explained the scriptures to them, and eventually accepted their invitation to dinner. Then their hopes were fulfilled and all doubts were chased away.


Read Luke 24:13-25 today and be encouraged that Jesus can turn up anytime, anywhere.

He is listening to you and me, just as He listened to those two doubting disciples.

Dare to tell Him your doubts and listen for Him to give you hope for the future.

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