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That same day two of Jesus' followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles F117 out of Jerusalem. 14 As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. 15 Suddenly, Jesus himself came along and joined them and began walking beside them. 16 But they didn't know who he was, because God kept them from recognizing him. 17 "You seem to be in a deep discussion about something," he said. "What are you so concerned about?" They stopped short, sadness written across their faces. 18 Then one of them, Cleopas, replied, "You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn't heard about all the things that have happened there the last few days." 19 "What things?" Jesus asked. "The things that happened to Jesus, the man from Nazareth," they said. "He was a prophet who did wonderful miracles. He was a mighty teacher, highly regarded by both God and all the people. 20 But our leading priests and other religious leaders arrested him and handed him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified him. 21 We had thought he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel. That all happened three days ago. 22 Then some women from our group of his followers were at his tomb early this morning, and they came back with an amazing report. 23 They said his body was missing, and they had seen angels who told them Jesus is alive! 24 Some of our men ran out to see, and sure enough, Jesus' body was gone, just as the women had said." 25 Then Jesus said to them, "You are such foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. 26 Wasn't it clearly predicted by the prophets that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his time of glory?" 27 Then Jesus quoted passages from the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining what all the Scriptures said about himself. 28 By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus would have gone on, 29 but they begged him to stay the night with them, since it was getting late. So he went home with them. 30 As they sat down to eat, he took a small loaf of bread, asked God's blessing on it, broke it, then gave it to them. 31 Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared! 32 They said to each other, "Didn't our hearts feel strangely warm as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?" Luke 24
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Secrets, Lies, and the Resurrection
By Chuck Colson

Demonstrating the Truth of Easter

Can you keep a secret?

If you can, you’re pretty unusual, because a lot of people can’t. Especially
if it’s the kind of secret that—if exposed—could get them in major trouble.

One recent, and very public, example of this is the Duke Cunningham bribery
scandal—which you probably heard about on the news—which helps to prove my
point. Last year, when he was caught taking bribes, it didn’t take long for
former Congressman Cunningham to spill the beans. He turned state’s evidence
against his co-conspirators, and Time magazine reports that the congressman
may have worn a wire to record secret conversations.

It doesn’t take much to make us talk, does it?

In that way, the Cunningham scandal reminds us very much of another scandal
three decades ago, the infamous Watergate cover-up in which I was very much
involved. Surprising though it may seem to some, it took only two weeks from
the time that the president was first told the extent of the cover-up to the
time when John Dean, his counsel, went to the prosecutors and made a secret
deal to testify against the president in exchange for a lighter sentence.
Now, mind you, this happened among twelve people, perhaps the most powerful
in America, loyal to their leader. In a situation like that, as I saw up
close, the desire to save oneself has a way of overriding loyalty or any

But that little quirk of human nature, believe it or not, gives us one of
the strongest proofs we have for the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Just think about the situation Christ’s disciples were in after He left
them. Here was a group of peasants, powerless, up against the most powerful
empire in the world. Possible prison time was the very least of their
worries. They knew that torture and execution could be in their future if
they refused to stop preaching the name of Jesus Christ.

But they couldn’t stop.

To a man, they kept talking about Christ’s life, death, and resurrection to
anyone who would listen. None of them would deny or retract their story.
Eventually, just as the authorities had threatened, most of them were
executed for it. But still, all of them maintained to the very end that
Jesus had risen from the dead—that they had seen Him, touched Him, talked
with Him.

What would inspire men to suffer and die for a belief? Only one thing—the
absolute certainty that their belief was true. Who would die to protect a
lie or a hoax, especially if he knew it to be a lie? You’d have to be
insane. As we’ve seen from the examples I gave, most of us won’t face
prison—no, never mind prison. Most of us won’t face public humiliation to
defend a lie.

Which leads me inescapably to one conclusion: Jesus’ resurrection was not a
lie. These apostles would have turned state’s evidence in a heartbeat,
copped a plea, unless they had seen the risen Christ in the flesh.

This Easter, we ought to take time to remember the words of the apostles
before the authorities: “We ought to obey God rather than men. The God of
our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree. . . .
And we are His witnesses to these things.” Their courage, their
steadfastness, proves that their story is the truth. And that makes it a
truth worth living—and dying—for.
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well the main end of his life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ
which is eternal life (John 17:3)."

- - - The Laws and Statutes of Harvard College in 1643

"All scholars shall live religious, godly, and blameless lives according
to the rules of God's Word, diligently reading the Holy Scriptures, the
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But these are written so that you may
believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the
Son of God, and that by believing in
Him you will have life. Jn 20:31

Seek the Lord while He may be found;
call on Him while He is near. Let the
wicked forsake his way and the evil
man his thoughts. Let him turn to the
Lord, and He will have mercy on him,
and to our God, for He will freely
pardon. "For My thoughts are not
your thoughts, neither are your ways
My ways," declares the Lord. "As the
heavens are higher than the earth, so
are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow come down
from heaven, and do not return to it
without watering the earth and making
it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed
for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is My word that goes out from My
mouth: It will not return to Me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire and
achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy and be led forth
in peace; the mountains and hills will
burst into song before you, and all the
trees of the field will clap their hands.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the
pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle
will grow. This will be for the Lord's
renown, for an everlasting sign, which
will not be destroyed." Is 55

O Lord, you have searched me and you
know me. You know when I sit and when
I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying
down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you know
it completely, O Lord. You hem me in -
behind and before; you have laid your
hand upon me. Such knowledge is too
wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where
can I flee from your presence? If I go up
to the heavens, you are there; if I make
my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide
me and the light become night around
me," even the darkness will not be dark
to you; the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you. For you
created my inmost being; you knit me
together in my mother's womb. I praise
you because I am fearfully and wonderfully
made; your works are wonderful, I know
that full well. My frame was not hidden
from you when I was made in the secret
place. When I was woven together in the
depths of the earth, your eyes saw my
unformed body. All the days ordained
for me were written in your book before
one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts,
O God! How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would
outnumber the grains of sand. When
I awake, I am still with you. Search me,
O God, and know my heart; test me
and know my anxious thoughts. See
if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Ps 139

But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up,
that I may show My power in you, and that My
Name may be declared in all the earth. Ex 9:16

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small:
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
- - Isaac Watts

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