Do you recall the walk to Emmaus, about seven miles to Jerusalem? There are two men and they are discussing the recent happenings and Jesus comes up alongside them but they are kept from the knowledge of knowing it is Himself. (Luke 24)
Watch carefully how ‘unbelief’ takes a different form, on this journey with these two men.
“…but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel.” (vs. 21)
“They went to the tomb early this morning, but didn’t find his body.” (vs. 23)
“…but him they did not see.” (vs. 24)
Oh the pains of hopelessness. There it is--unbelief in the form of hopelessness. Do you see them say, ‘they had hoped’? Do you see them repeat the fact that Jesus’ body was not found and He wasn’t seen? Hopelessness is a cousin to unbelief. They entertain each other. How different this walk to Emmaus could have been…with hope!
Remember my friends, it is still the third day! Take a walk down the same road, but this time with Hope.
“Sir,” they may have said to the Man who appeared, “It is the third day yet and we are hoping that this Jesus is the One who is going to redeem Israel. Many times He spoke of the third day and even today some of the women reported of seeing a vision of angels who said He was alive! Come quickly, our friends have gone to the tomb and found it just as the women had said. Now there is much time left in the third day. We are on our way to the tomb now, journey with us.”
Hope. It changes the color of how your Savior looks to you, how your circumstances look to you, how your life looks to you. These men actually did say many of the latter things, but with such hopelessness. “They went to the tomb early this morning, but didn’t find his body.” Well THANK GOD! Why does that statement seem to come with such drudgery? See, their mindset has been taken by their own choice of hopeless unbelief.
"They ‘had’ hoped," (vs.21). And that was their problem from the very beginning.
It leaves our Savior saying to us many times, as He said to these two men, “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!” (Luke 24:25)