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RESURRECTED JESUS INSTRUCTS TWO DISCIPLES HOW TO FACE PROBLEMS

LUKE 24:13-18**NLT** THAT SAME DAY TWO OF JESUSí FOLLOWERS WERE WALKING TO THE VILLAGE OF EMMAUS, SEVEN MILES OUT OF JERUSALEM. AS THEY WALKED ALONG THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT EVERYTHING THAT HAD HAPPENED. SUDDENLY, JESUS HIMSELF CAME ALONG AND JOINED THEM AND BEGAN WALKING BESIDE THEM, BUT THEY DIDNíT KNOW WHO HE WAS, BECAUSE GOD KEPT THEM FROM RECOGNIZING HIM. "YOU SEEM TO BE IN A DEEP DISCUSSION ABOUT SOMETHING," HE (JESUS) SAID. "WHAT ARE YOU SO CONCERNED ABOUT?"

THEY STOPPED SHORT, SADNESS WRITTEN ACROSS THEIR FACES. THEN ONE OF THEM, CLEOPAS, REPLIED, "YOU MUST BE THE ONLY PERSON IN JERUSALEM WHO HASNíT HEARD ABOUT THE ENTIRE THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED THERE THE LAST FEW DAYS."

JESUS NEVER INTENDED FOR US TO GO IT ALONE WHEN DISTRESSED AND CONFUSED WITH THE PROBLEMS OF LIFE. HE IS ALWAYS EAGER WHEN WE ASK HIM TO GUIDE US AND TO HELP US SOLVE LIFEíS PROBLEMS. LET US LOOK AT HOW HE DID THIS AS THEY WALKED THE SEVEN MILES FROM JERUSALEM. SINCE IT WOULD TAKE SEVERAL HOURS FOR THIS SEVEN MILE TREK ALONG A DUSTY ROAD; THE ENCOUNTER WAS THAT SAME DAY, THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK WHICH IS SUNDAY. THIS WOULD HAVE TO BE THE DAY AFTER THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST JESUS; FOR EVERY CHRISTIAN OR HEBREW OF THAT DAY WAS REQUIRED BY LAW TO WALK LESS THAN THREE MILES ON GODíS HOLY SABBATH DAY.

LUKE 24:19-2 ** "WHAT THINGS?" JESUS ASKED. "THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED TO JESUS, THE MAN FROM NAZARETH,í THEY SAID. ĎHE WAS A PROPHET WHO DID WONDERFUL MIRACLES. HE WAS A MIGHTY TEACHER, HIGHLY REGARDED BY BOTH GOD AND ALL THE PEOPLE. BUT OUR LEADING PRIESTS AND OTHER RELIGIOUS LEADERS ARRESTED HIM AND HANDED HIM OVER (TO THE ROMANS) TO BE CONDEMNED TO DEATH, AND THEY CRUCIFIED HIM. WE HAD THOUGHT HE WAS THE MESSIAH WHO HAD COME TO RESCUE ISRAEL. THAT ALL HAPPENED THREE DAYS AGO.

THREE DAYS AGO IS A VERY IMPORTANT STATEMENT. MY RESEARCH HAS TAKEN ME TO TEN DIFFERENT BIBLE TRANSLATIONS, INCLUDING THE CATHOLIC DOUAY VERSION AND TWO TRANSLATIONS IN SPANISH. EACH TRANSLATION VERIFYS THE WORDING "THIS ALL HAPPENED THREE DAYS AGO", THE DAY OF THE CRUCIFIXION; THE DAY OUR HEAVENLY FATHER SACRIFICED HIS SON, THE PASSOVER LAMB, TO REDEEM OUR WICKED SOULS FROM ETERNAL DAMNATION.

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

USING THE CALENDAR OF GOD, HIS SON BECAME THE PASSOVER LAMB AT 3 PM ON WEDNESDAY; THE SAME TIME PRIESTS KILLED THE ANIMAL PASSOVER LAMB. THIS WAS THE PREPARATION DAY FOR THE HIGH SABBATH DAY (PASSOVER) ON THURSDAY. CHRIST WAS ENTOMBED BEFORE SUNSET, WHICH BEGAN THE HIGH SABBATH (THURSDAY). FRIDAY WOULD HAVE BEEN THE SECOND DAY OF HIS ENTOMBMENT WHILE THE WOMEN OBTAINED OINTMENT TO PREPARE HIS BODY. THE THIRD DAY (AFTER CHRIST HAD BEEN IN THE TOMB FOR THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS, ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES) WHEN THE WOMEN CAME AT TWILIGHT ON SATURDAY AFTER SUNSET. THIS WAS THE DAWNING OF THE FIRST DAY (SUNDAY). SINCE HE WAS NOT THERE AT THE DAWNING OF SUNDAY (SATURDAY EVENING) CHRIST WAS RESURRECTED ON SATURDAY, THE HOLY WEEKLY SABBATH REST DAY WHICH HAS BEEN DEFILED BY MOST CHRISTIANS FOR THE PAST 1700 YEARS.

LUKE 24:27**THEN JESUS QUOTED PASSAGES FROM THE WRITINGS OF MOSES AND ALL THE PROPHETS, EXPLAINING WHAT ALL THE SCRIPTURES SAID ABOUT HIMSELF. BY THIS TIME THEY WERE NEARING EMMAUS AND THE END OF THEIR JOURNEY. JESUS WOULD HAVE GONE ON, BUT THEY BEGGED HIM TO STAY THE NIGHT WITH THEM, SINCE IT WAS GETTING LATE. SO HE WENT HOME WITH THEM. AS THEY SAT DOWN TO EAT, HE TOOK A SMALL LOAF OF BREAD, ASKED GODíS BLESSING ON IT, BROKE IT, THEN GAVE IT TO THEM. SUDDENLY, THEIR EYES WERE OPENED, AND THEY RECOGNIZED HIM. AND AT THAT MOMENT HE DISAPPEARED.

CHRIST JESUS OPENED THE EYES AND MINDS OF HIS DISTRESSED DISCIPLES BY PIECEING THE SCRIPTURES TOGETHER FOR FULL UNDERSTANDING MAY OUR LORD JESUS OPEN THE EYES OF ALL WHO READ AND UNDERSTAND THIS MESSAGE, FOR WE ARE LIVING IN THE TIME OF THE END.

WE SHOULD TAKE GREAT COMFORT IN THE KNOWLEDGE GOD HAS MADE AVAILABLE AS THE END TIME RAPIDLY APPROACHES. THE GOOD NEWS IS, IF WE PREPARE OURSELVES SPIRITUALLY BY ASKING FORGIVENESS OF SIN AND ASKING FOR GUIDANCE, IT CAN BE A TIME OF JOY AS WE APPROACH HIS KINGDOM. JESUS ASSURES US IN LUKE 21:28**SO WHEN ALL THESE THINGS BEGIN TO HAPPEN, STAND STRAIGHT AND LOOK UP, FOR YOUR SALVATION IS NEAR.