They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread. – Luke 24:33-35
Things that do not matter:
- Whether or not George Washington chopped down a cherry tree
- Whether or not John Henry really took on a steam engine in a tunnel-building contest and won
- If Davie Crocket “killed himself a bear when he was only three” or never at all
- That Martin Luther threw an ink well at the devil in his study, hitting the wall (or whether or not that ink spot is renewed by Wartburg caretakers every year to keep the legend going)
Things that do matter:
- That there was a George Washington who served as the first president of the United States of America
- That Martin Luther did hide in the Wartburg castle where he translated the Old Testament into German
- That Jesus Christ rose from the dead
I have not been able to confirm a memory of Larry King saying that he would want to know if Jesus Christ really rose from the dead, saying, “That would matter to me.” But this is certainly true: It matters that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. The implications of that event touch today and eternity, and everything between.
The discovery by the Emmaus road disciples of this truth sent them back into a dispirited and confused group of Jesus’ followers with the news that changed their present emotional state, future plans, and foundational religious and spiritual understanding. They could be happy now, rather than demoralized. Their whole future opened up before them: new and with ever-expanding opportunities. The foundations for their relationship with God, interactions with each other and focus toward those outside their fellowship were completely rebuilt.
Life sprang new for them – with all its glorious possibilities, hopes, dreams, and joys. There would come challenges, great disappointments, and setbacks of many kinds, for one thing did not change: they still lived in a fallen world. But their view into the future was gloriously-reborn. Hope now ruled the day.
Jesus’ resurrection is foundational to all we believe about God, how we worship him, and the hope we hold for the future. I am going to try to keep that in mind today.