Bethany 002

This house of God is open for you; the Lord has been waiting to see you come home.

A place to leave behind the past, to have the
fullness of the present,
and to look forward to the bright future.

Initially, Jesus’ resurrection generated more questions than answers. How had the stone been moved away from the grave? Where was Jesus’ body?  According to Luke’s Gospel, the women who first discovered all of this were “much perplexed.”

 

Another of the day’s mysteries included a trip to Emmaus, during which two of Jesus’ disciples failed to recognize their Master. Cleopas and a friend walked for miles with Jesus, and talked with Him but they never dreamed that Jesus himself might be there beside them. They were so certain the only possible outcome of crucifixion was death that it took quite some time for them to understand their experience. Jesus even alluded as to His identity. We are told, “Beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He espoused unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself.” Eventually, when Jesus “took bread, and blessed it, broke, and gave to them,” Cleopas and his friend finally understood who was in their presence. This familiar practice, which Jesus had performed at the last supper and when He fed the multitude, roused them and “their eyes were opened, and they knew Him.”

 

Once Jesus’ identity was clear to them, it appears as though Cleopas and his friend were embarrassed for having taken so long to recognize Him. Luke explains, “They said one to another, did not our hearts burn within us … while He opened to us the scriptures?” We’ve all had moments of being a Cleopas, stuck in a hopelessly limited and limiting view of what is possible, but we don’t have to stay there. Jesus proved with His resurrection that negative outcomes which seem certain are not inevitable. Christ eliminates the inevitability of evil.

 

Christ is the Logos. He is begotten, one in being with the Father, voicing Goodness and Truth to the human consciousness. The same power of the resurrection which Jesus demonstrated on the first Easter ministers to us today, enabling our own resurrection.

 

Our resurrection may not be as dramatic as Jesus’, but they are both backed by the same omnipotent authority. No matter how buried in sickness, sin, or sorrow we may feel, we can experience the Christ-impelled spiritual realization that causes material belief to yield to spiritual understanding. When our prayer results in sickness being healed, the downward spiral of a negative outlook stopped, accidents avoided, or sinful behavior forsaken, we experience resurrection and share, to some degree, the disciples’ awakening to the presence of Christ. Remember, Jesus’ resurrection is our resurrection, if we embrace His Truth.

 

If we perceive God’s infinite possibilities, we will not be bound by matter’s narrow script. Rather than to assume that destructive patterns will inevitably repeat themselves or that illnesses must go through predictable stages, we can recognize our own and others’ unlimited abilities to reflect Divine power. With that power, we can expect progress, insisting that Christ, the Divine source, be evidenced in our experience. In short, we can expect and experience the Resurrection.

 

On their way to Emmaus, the disciples felt their “heart burn within” as Jesus spoke to them.

Today, Jesus Christ – the Son of the Most High – still makes hearts burn within, stirring people everywhere to resurrection.

In His Light,

Bishop Raymond Contois

BETHANY

A church to the un-churched

A search for the deepest possible

Jesus touch in the soul

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