Receiving The Word through those who believe.

The disciples, who believed by faith and those,
who believed not The Truth

Just before walking on the road to Emmaus with two of His disciples, The Word came by the testimony of two angels, who shared the good news of His resurrection. "Now upon the first [day] of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain [others] with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.

"And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down [their] faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.

"And they remembered his words, And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary [the mother] of James, and other [women that were] with them, which told these things unto the apostles. And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not. Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass" (Luke 24:1-12).

Notice that The Word had already given to His disciples the message of prophecy as to the events that would take place at His crucifixion. Even the angels had reminded them of His words, and they had remembered that He had said these things. Having received The Word in their hearts by faith, the women disciples returned from the sepulcher to the eleven disciples and the rest of His followers to share the good news of His resurrection. However, because of the death of Christ, the disciples were filled with fear, because they thought that they had lost The One in Whom all their hopes and dreams could be answered.

Because of their grief and their apparent loss, they received not The Spirit of Truth, or the Good News of the gospel by the women. They viewed The Word spoken by the women as idle tales and they believed not The Message given by The Word through them. They did not remember "The Spirit of Prophecy" revealed to them beforehand.

The Joy of believing and receiving
the Word by faith.

"And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem [about] threescore furlongs. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. And it came to pass, that, while they communed [together] and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. And he said unto them, What manner of communications [are] these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?

"And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.

"But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done. Yea, and 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. And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found [it] even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.

"Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.

"And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed [it], and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight" (Luke 24:13-31).

Notice that after the disciples heard the message given to them by the women, they departed, wondering in themselves at the events that took place. While on the road to Emmaus, two of the disciples were reflecting on The Word and on the events that took place, and The Word Himself drew near and was walking with them. As it is written, The Word said, "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them" (Matthew 18:20). If we believe in The Word, then we will accept His statement as being True, and He, Who walked with them will walk also with us. According to The Word by His servant Luke, "Jesus Himself drew near and went with them."

However, had they received The Word by the women disciples, they would have been filled with The Joy of The Good News of His resurrection, rather than being sad in their walk to Emmaus. The Word questioned their reason for being sad as they walked home to Emmaus. They reported to Him the events that led to His death and the news reported to them by the women disciples. Yet they remained sad because of the events that they witnessed. The Word then recalled to their minds His words that are written in the Scripture, and starting with Moses and all the prophets, He gave them evidence for their faith in the things concerning Himself.

As it is written, The Word brought to the mind of John, the words given to Him by The Father that through John, in HIS NAME, He The Word would bring to the minds of men and women The Knowledge of The Father through Himself. The Word said, "These things have I spoken unto you, being [yet] present with you. But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come [again] unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence" (John 14:25-30).

Why would the Word of God reveal to His disciples that He will not talk much with them, and still turn to them and say, "Arise, let us go hence?"

As it is written, "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them" (Matthew 18:20).

And if the Word is in the midst of those who are gathered together in His name, Why is it that He is not the One speaking among them?

As it is written, "...Take heed lest any [man] deceive you: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am [Christ]; and shall deceive many. And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for [such things] must needs be; but the end [shall] not [be] yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these [are] the beginnings of sorrows.

"But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them. And the gospel must first be published among all nations. But when they shall lead [you], and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost" (Mark 13:5-11).

It is also written, "But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you" (Matthew 10:19).

The reason He would not speak much with His disciples, or to those who follow Him, would be, because the Father would be speaking through Him, and through them. This Way they can give the glory to Him and He can give the glory to the Father, WHO works all things by HIS Word.

After the disciples had invited Him to abide with them, they received Him into their dwelling place, and He shared HIS Bread with them and their eyes were opened to the Light of Truth and they knew Him, because of the Gift of faith given to them.

Many Christians today are in darkness to the Spirit of Truth. They do not believe in the Spirit, Who comes to them in the flesh of His servants to open their minds to the Scriptures in the things concerning Himself. Because they receive not the Light in their hearts to remove the darkness, they are not able to share the Good News to a World that is full of darkness to the Truth.

The Joy of sharing the Light with those, who
are in the darkness to the Knowledge of Truth.

After receiving the Word in themselves, "...they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. And they told what things [were done] in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.

"And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace [be] unto you. But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them [his] hands and [his] feet.

"And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took [it], and did eat before them. And he said unto them, These [are] the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, an [in] the prophets, and [in] the psalms, concerning me.

"Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things" (Luke 24:32-48).

The Message to repent of unbelief

After believing in the Word and in the things written of Him in the Scriptures, Mark, a disciple of the Word, shared some important things that we must consider, if we are to walk in the Light of the Word.

Through him, the Word said, "...When the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the [mother] of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning the first [day] of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.

"And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.

"And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any [man]; for they were afraid. Now when [Jesus] was risen early the first [day] of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. [And] she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept. And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.

"After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. And they went and told [it] unto the residue: neither believed they them. Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

"So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with [them], and confirming the word with signs following. Amen" (Mark 16:1-20).

He upbraided them, because of their unbelief
and hardness of heart.

What does it mean to be upbraided by someone?

Upbraided: is defined as No. 3679 On-i- did'-zo; from the Greek dictionary in the Strong's Exhaustive Concordance, this word is also from No. 3681 to defame, i.e. rail at, chide, taunt; -cast in teeth, (suffer) reproach, revile, upbraid.

In other words, He rebuked them, because they did not know Him, and they did not believe and receive Him by those, who had seen Him.

After believing in the Word, John shared his witness of the Word to the church through the written word. And the Word testified by him and said, "The first [day] of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.

"Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. And he stooping down, [and looking in], saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.

"For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again unto their own home. But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, [and looked] into the sepulchre, And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.

"And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and [to] my God, and your God.

"Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and [that] he had spoken these things unto her. Then the same day at evening, being the first [day] of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace [be] unto you. And when he had so said, he shewed unto them [his] hands and his side.

"Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. Then said Jesus to them again, Peace [be] unto you: as [my] Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on [them], and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit, they areremitted unto them; [and] whose soever [sins] ye retain, they are retained.

"But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: [then] came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace [be] unto you. "Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust [it] into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

"And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed [are] they that have not seen, and [yet] have believed. And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name" (John 20:1-31).

Notice the Message revealed to us by the Word. He revealed that the gospel revealed by the Word through His servants was written in the Scripture, that all might believe through faith. Although Thomas did not see the Lord among those disciples who had seen Him, He was there with them, testifying of Himself through them. Eight days after, the Word Himself came among them and revealed Himself to Thomas. He gave him evidence that He was there among them, by asking Thomas to reach his finger and to behold His hands, and reach his hand and place it in His side that he might believe. There were many witnesses sent to proclaim the good news of Christ resurrection from the tomb, but many of His disciples found it difficult to believe, because the news did not fit with their expectations.

For hundreds of years, the prophecies revealed the good news of the coming Messiah, Who would come and dwell among His people. Yet, when He came among them, they rejected Him, because He did not fit with their expectations. The same problem of rejecting the Word is taking place today by His New Testament church. By sending His disciples ahead with the good news, all who believe on Him through their Word, they will receive the Father, WHO sent Him, and will ultimately see His face at His coming.

Yet, many are rejecting the Word of Truth, Which is the Spirit of the Father. Through His servants He can reveal all things, even the deep things of God.

Although it has been years since anyone has seen the Lord in His physical form, it does not mean that He is not with us, or that He cannot hear our request to know Him. For He said, as it is written, "...I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. A-men" (Matthew 28:29).

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