The Strength that Comes from Our Victorious Savior
3 principles to help you evaluate your plans and desires
I. Don't Judge the Truthfulness of an Idea by the Response of the Masses
A. The perplexity of the women
Luke 24:2-3 - And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
B. The direction of the angels
Luke 24:5-9 - and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” And they remembered His words, and returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.
C. The rejection of the others
Luke 24:11 - But these words appeared to them as nonsense, and they would not believe them.
1 John 2:14 - …I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you…
II. Often Our Weakness is Because God's Plans and Desires Don't Match Ours
A. They were looking hopeless
Verse 17 - ...they stood still, looking sad.
skuthropos – “dreary, downcast look of settled grief, pain, or displeasure”
B. They were hoping that Jesus would provide immediate political relief
Luke 24:21 - But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened.
C. Focusing on your desires alone may cause you to fail to make important connections
Luke 24:21 - ...Indeed, besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened.
Matthew 16:21 - From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day.
Matthew 17:23 - and they will kill Him, and He will be raised on the third day. And they were deeply grieved.
Matthew 27:62-64 - Now on the next day, the day after the preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together with Pilate, and said, “Sir, we remember that when He was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I am to rise again.’ Therefore, give orders for the grave to be made secure until the third day, otherwise His disciples may come and steal Him away and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last deception will be worse than the first.”
D. Questions every person has to ask about your desires:
1. Do I exist to fulfill God’s desires or does He exist to fulfill mine?
2. Am I willing to try to conform my desires as closely to His as possible?
E. Focusing on your desires alone may cause you to discount important voices
Luke 24:22-24 - But also some women among us amazed us. When they were at the tomb early in the morning, and did not find His body, they came, saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said that He was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just exactly as the women also had said; but Him they did not see.
Luke 24:10-11 - Now they were Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James; also the other women with them were telling these things to the apostles. But these words appeared to them as nonsense, and they would not believe them.
III. Sometimes Your Desires Seem Hopeless because they Need to be Clarified by God’s Word
Luke 24:27 - Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.
“explained” – di-er-main-eu-sen – hermeneutics – principles of Bible study
A. Why did Jesus restrain their eyes in the first place?
Luke 24:16 - But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him.
B. Our hope is grounded in the revealed Word of God
Romans 15:4 - For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
C. God’s Word clearly prophesied the Messiah’s death, burial, and resurrection
Psalm 22:1 - My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning.
Psalm 22:6-7 - But I am a worm and not a man, a reproach of men and despised by the people. All who see me sneer at me...
Psalm 22:16-18 - For dogs have surrounded me; a band of evildoers has encompassed me; they pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones. They look, they stare at me; they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.
Isaiah 53:7-12 - He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth...He was cut off out of the land of the living for the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due? His grave was assigned with wicked men, yet He was with a rich man in His death, because He had done no violence, nor was there any deceit in His mouth. But the Lord was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief; if He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, and the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand. As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; by His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities.
Psalm 16:10 - For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol; nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.
D. Jesus Himself clearly and repeatedly taught that He would die, be buried, and then rise again
E. The Bible is filled with testimony of eyewitnesses
1 Corinthians 15:3-8 - For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also.
F. Jesus’ analysis of people who will not believe Scripture is not very complimentary – v. 25
1. foolish men
2. slow of heart
3. slow to believe in all the prophets have spoken
4. not understanding the necessity of the cross