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April 12, 2014
Charles A. Collins
It goes without saying that not all promises become realities.
We have all had occasion to think, “Promises, promises, all I ever get are promises.”
Most of us have been discouraged when someone has promised us something and that something never happened. I know I have. And probably you have too. You know how it made you feel – not very good.
The typical excuse is, “I forgot.” That sometimes happens, but not all the time.
In this passage, we find that God does not forget, nor does He renege on His promises. He does what He says.
Our Lord never made any unfilled promises. That would be the same as lying, and God does not lie. Hebrews 6:18 says that it is impossible for God to lie. The promise was made for Jesus to die and be raised again from the dead, and that promise was not a lie.
The story picks up in Luke 24:13 with some disciples on their way to Emmaus. They had reason to be sad because they had seen the One they trusted with their eternal salvation taken away and crucified. They had no reason to doubt that Jesus could and would do what He said. Someone has said, “If it is too good to be true, it is probably too good to be true.” The disciples’ eyes had seen Jesus die, and their minds said that “once dead, always dead.”
They were heading to Emmaus and preparing to pick up the pieces of their lives and start over again. Jesus came unexpected. No one recognized Him at first. Their eyes and ears were closed, but then they were opened. They saw and heard much as Job did (Job 42:5). It was then that they believed.
The promise became a reality before the disciples discovered it. That promise is still fulfilled today.
You are not alone. You are not without hope.
The risen Christ is still alive today and is there to walk with you. Just let Him.