“Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself” (Lk 24:25-27)
This is a story that happened immediately after the resurrection of Christ. Two of the disciples were walking on the road towards a village called Emmaus. (My husband and I we walked on that road in Israel). The two men were sad because their hopes died when Jesus died. They knew that Jesus said that He will rise on the third day. But that seem an impossible promise. The women surprised the disciples early in the morning telling everybody that the body of Christ was missing from the grave. They said that they saw the grave stone rolled away and angels staying there. All this information coming in just one day…Think of it…It was too much…who can believe such stories? So they walked along confused and depressed. Then the resurrected Christ comes alongside them and walkes with them. He was looking like an ordinary man. They did not recognize Him. When they complained about all that has happened He rebuked them, calling them ‘foolish and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken’. This is a great lesson for all of us…
The word ‘foolish’ means to be unintelligent, to lack spiritual understanding or to think in the flesh. The mind is lazy because of lack of spiritual exercise. The fleshly mind is slow, not ready or willing to move forward, to make progress. It is dull, not sharp in perception or imagination. The heart, which is the center of feelings and thoughts, also becomes slow, sluggish in action, lacking power to absorb new ideas and impressions. This dullness of mind and heart may be the result of disease, depression of shock. But whatever the cause, the faith is wounded and suffers and needs help from above.
When the mind is foolish and the heart is sluggish, this affects the faith of the believer. It becomes very hard to believe in the Word of God, in particular in the prophetic promises of the Bible. Like a wick covered with smoke, the flame starts to flicker and slowly quench. In the flesh, it is just impossible to believe that the sufferings of Christ will end in His glory, that the Cross will lead the way to the eternal Crown. The flesh is not designed to believe in miracles. The flesh is happy and has some hope, but only when you don’t suffer. When the sufferings come, the hope of the flesh cannot survive. This results in spiritual depression. But the fire of sufferings kills only the false hope, the false confidence and its comfort. The fleshly worship dies at the foot of the Cross. It cannot see the glory ahead.
Now you see why the Cross has to work on your flesh. Anything that is of flesh must die. Then the spirit in you shall rise and see Jesus, not hanging on the Cross, not buried in the ground, but high and lifted up, the Lord of glory exalted forever. Your eyes shall be open to see the King in His beauty. What you see is what you shall become. Let’s encourage one another to move on along the difficult but glorious royal way of the Cross. Let’s repent of all forms of foolishness and slowness of heart to believe in the Word of God. The fleshly thinking must die. But that is not the end of your story. The mind of Christ will take over. That is God’s plan and purpose for you. Humble, loving, faithful and strong, you shall now think like a king. That is your destiny!
Child of God, move on… pray and trust God to give you the best…. Do not settle for what the flesh can offer you… Desire to meet with Jesus… Soon, Jesus will come near you, walking with you, explaining to you all these difficult things about Himself. Your life will never be the same again. The miracle of resurrection will be not just history but your portion forever. This is your heritage. This eternal power of life is what you want. Money cannot buy it. Men cannot give it to you. Seek Jesus Christ until you find Him afresh. Let your spirit be revived. Be healed in Jesus name! Be free in Jesus name! Glory to God! Let the higher level worship begin. Crown Him with many crowns, the Lamb upon His throne! Worship the Lord!!! Halleluiah!
“Crown Him the Lord of love;
behold His hands and side,
those wounds, yet visible above,
in beauty glorified.
All hail, Redeemer, hail!
For Thou hast died for me;
Thy praise and glory shall not fail
throughout eternity” (Matthew Bridges, 1800-1894)
(This is a picture I took on the road of Emmaus in Israel)