Revise and Expunge

After Christ Jesus had been betrayed, tried, crucified, and had risen from the tomb, he met some of his disciples on the road to Emmaus. Not recognizing him, they asked him if he had heard what had happened. They related how "certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre; and when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive." Luke 24:22, 23;

Jesus was not happy with their limited view of these events. He rebuked them. "And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself." v. 27 ; Eventually their eyes were opened, and Jesus went on to complete victory, proving the powerlessness of the forces that had attempted to destroy him.

Events that seem to shape our own lives often seem to leave a mark. Perhaps we may think the mark cannot be erased because it is impossible to relive the past. But the truth Christ Jesus lived and taught was and is timeless. The events he reviewed for his disciples were not mere physical events but divine indications of the ever-presence of God and of the constant expression of God's love for man appearing in the language of human events as prophetic signs. These signs were now clearly readable by those who would understand. Similarly, when something has happened in our lives that affects us now, we can view the past events through an understanding of the timeless ever-presence of divine Truth, of God. And we can see in the events the indications of what we believe of Life—a belief that must eventually yield to divine understanding.

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Learning to Obey
March 20, 1971

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