It’s time to believe. It’s time to put aside unbelief and foolish thoughts, such as it’s impossible that Jesus could be raised from the throes of death. It’s time to put aside for good childish thoughts and believe with the faith of adults who believe that God raising his Son is not some made-up story by 12 guys who want to make-up for running away from him in his hour of peril. It’s time to grow up and believe, Cleopas, and whoever the other guy was that you were walking with, as our Lord opened the Scriptures to you.
I bet you thought I was saying those words directly to you. It’s time to believe. Well, in fact, it is for all of us. It’s time to stop the foolishness of doubt, and the immaturity of unbelief, and the craziness of not trusting their witness; the women who told these 2 disciples and the rest of them that the tomb was empty. And they found everything just as the women told them. And they were astounded by what they discovered at the holy site. Yet, they still doubted. How many times did he tell them he must rise from the dead? As much as parent tells a child to stop that. He told them a thousand times! It’s time to believe. Enough of the nonsense of unbelief and silly questions.
It’s time to believe with everything we have, and everything we’re made of, that he is the Savior of the world, of all people, and that God raised him from the dead. Now is the time to believe. How much more proof do you need, Cleopas and the other guy, whatever your name is? He’s walking with you. Your hearts are burning inside as he speaks to you. He comes in to stay with you at dusk. He breaks bread with you. He opens your eyes. How much more proof do you need? Do you need him to pick up that huge boulder that closed the door of his tomb and throw it at Pontius Pilate?
Well, he won’t do that because he’s not an angry Person. It might have been cool if he did. They could make another violent video game out of Jesus throwing a one ton boulder at Pilate. He doesn’t do those things. He says, “Father, forgive them” as they’re killing him. That’s the kind of Person he is. It’s time to believe.
Get rid of all the nonsense that makes you doubt that God can do what he has already done. Be rid of all the phony political correctness that can and will ruin your faith, or water it down to the point where we become blind like Cleopas and his friend. Do away with all the wily tricks of the Wily One – you know who he is – and place all your faith, hope, and trust in God…. Cleopas and friend.
It was a long walk on the Road to Emmaus. The Gospel tells us Emmaus was about 7 miles outside of Jerusalem at the time of Christ. Today, the place is nowhere to be found. But the professional diggers, known as archaeologists, have an idea where it was. Thank God for those smart people with shovels who love unearthing history. Just don’t do it on a Civil War battlefield, because you’ll get 3 years in jail.
It took much of the afternoon to arrive at Emmaus. Just enough time to recite all the Scripture passages that connect to the Speaker. Jesus did all the talking on the walk. Unlike some folks who like to talk, everything that Jesus said was meaningful and powerful. Around mile-marker one their hearts start burning, and it’s not from indigestion from eating too much pizza. It’s from the power of God’s word.
At mile-marker two they’re on fire. The house of their soul is on fire. It’s time to believe, Cleopas and friend, with the eyes of faith, and see who’s before you. Mile-marker three they could start a forest fire without lighting a match. Jesus keeps speaking to them, probably about the Suffering Servant in the Book of Isaiah at the 3-1/2 mile-marker. By the time they reach mile-marker four their hearts are so much on fire that they could heat half of Alaska in the wintertime. When are you two going to start believing that God raised his Son from the dead, Cleopas and the other guy? At mile-marker five their hearts have become nuclear. The two walkers with Jesus can blow up the world, not with bombs, but with God’s love.
You can see Emmaus in the distance now. There it is, two miles away, three hours after we started walking. At mile-marker six, Jesus has touched their hearts so strongly, and their hearts are burning so much, that they can replace the sun, and light up the entire Earth.
Finally, there’s the sign that says, “Welcome to Emmaus. Incorporated, 100 B.C.” At mile marker seven, there’s nothing left for Jesus to say. He’s interpreted the entire Scripture for us, all that points to his life, death, and resurrection. There’s nothing left for our Lord to say except, “It’s time to believe.” It’s time to be rid of the doubts, the fear, the excuses, the childish ways.
Our lives are a walk on the Road to Emmaus with the Lord. What mile-marker are you on? I figure I’m at about 5 to 5-1/2 miles in. Somewhere between nuclear and replacing the sun. The question for us always, as we get older; “Are our hearts burning within as we walk this walk with our Savior?” For parents, are we teaching our children the life of Christ so their hearts will burn for him from an early age? Not burn with the too-many rotten ways of our culture, but burn with faith in Jesus Christ, and him raised from the dead?
What mile-marker are you on? Make sure the mile-marker of our age is consistent with the mile-marker of our faith. As we approach mile-marker 7, meaning the end of our earthly life, we want our strength of belief in the Risen Christ to be at the same mile-marker. Where there’s nothing left to say except, “I believe. Stay with us Lord, for the night of eternity draws near.”
It’s time to believe what he has done for us.