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By   Phoebe   Date Posted: Nov. 5, 2023  Hits: 388   Category:  Relationship to God   Total Comment: 0             A+ A-


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Two Travelers story

Luke 24:13-35


 

"Road to Emmaus" or "The Walk to Emmaus."

two of Jesus' disciples encounter Him on the road to the village of Emmaus shortly after His crucifixion and resurrection.

Two disciples, not part of the twelve apostles, were walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus, a village about seven miles away.

As they walked, they were discussing the recent crucifixion of Jesus and the reports of His resurrection.

They were sad and confused about these events.

As they walked and talked, a stranger (who was actually the resurrected Jesus, though they did not recognize Him) joined them and asked them what they were discussing.

They explained the events surrounding Jesus' crucifixion and the hope that He would be the Redeemer of Israel.

The stranger (Jesus) began to explain the Scriptures and the prophecies about the Messiah to them, starting with Moses and all the Prophets.

He helped them understand that the suffering of the Messiah was part of God's plan.

When they reached Emmaus, the two disciples invited the stranger (Jesus) to stay with them for the evening because it was getting late.

They sat down to eat, and when Jesus took bread, blessed it, and broke it, their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him.

However, at that moment, He vanished from their sight.

Overjoyed and realizing they had been walking with the risen Christ, they immediately returned to Jerusalem to tell the other disciples what had happened.

Faith is more than knowledge.

It’s a deep trust and belief in something even without physical proof.

It moves us from unbelief to belief.

The Doubt of Thomas: A Lesson in Faith and Skepticism

John 20 20

The doubt of Thomas, one of the twelve disciples of Jesus, is a well-known episode in the New Testament.

This story, found in the Gospel of John, is often cited as an example of skepticism and the struggle for faith.

It serves as a reminder that doubt can be a natural and even necessary part of one's spiritual journey.

In this article, we will explore the biblical account of Thomas's doubt, the lessons it teaches us about faith and skepticism, and how it can be applied to our lives today.


 

1. Doubt is a Natural Part of Faith:

The story of Thomas reminds us that doubt is not something to be ashamed of.

Doubt can be a natural and healthy part of one's faith journey.

It's human to question and seek evidence or reassurance.

Thomas's doubt did not make him a weaker disciple; rather, it was a stepping stone towards a deeper, more personal faith.

2. Faith and  doubt Coexist:

we grow in our faith to be 100% dependent

Thomas's doubt did not exclude him from the community of believers.

In fact, his doubt was met with understanding and compassion by the other disciples.

We can be both believers and questioners, as long as we are open to seeking answers and growth.

We all have some honest and genuine questions about God

God is faithful to answer our doubts and question

3. Jesus's Grace and Patience:

The response of Jesus to Thomas is a testament to His grace and patience.

Jesus did not scold Thomas for his doubt but lovingly met him where he was.

This shows that our doubts and questions can lead to a deeper encounter with God if we are open to His guidance.

Summary

What do we learn  Thomas's Lesson Today

The story of Thomas's doubt continues to resonate with people today.

In an age where skepticism and questioning are valued in many aspects of life, it is important to recognize that these traits can also coexist with faith.

Here are some ways to apply the lessons from Thomas's doubt to our lives:

1. It is ok to have  Doubts:

we should not pretend we don’t have doubts

Don't be afraid to acknowledge your doubts and questions.

They will open doors for deeper spiritual growth and understanding.

2. Seek Answers:

Use your doubts as a launching   point for seeking answers and understanding.

Explore the Scriptures, engage in conversations with fellow believers, and seek guidance from trusted mentors or spiritual leaders.

3. Be Open to Revelation:

Just as Thomas eventually had a personal encounter with Jesus, remain open to moments of revelation and encounters with God that can transform your doubts into deeper faith.

4. Show Grace and Compassion:

If you encounter others who express doubt, approach them with grace and compassion.

Encourage open dialogue and offer support as they navigate their faith journey

It takes faith to claim Jesus as Lord and God.

Without the transforming power of faith, we are just speaking meaningless words.

Psalm 103:2-5 (NIV):

"Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—

who forgives all your sins and

heals all your diseases,

who redeems your life from the pit and

crowns you with love and compassion,

who satisfies your desires with good things

so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s."


 

 


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