Abide with us


Easter has been and is still the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the fact of which is the foundation of our Christian faith. On this glorious Easter day, Jesus Christ, the Risen Lord appeared to two disciples going to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-14). Jesus questioned them about what they were discussing (events in Jerusalem in recent times) Luke 24:15-17. They narrated the story of the event – concerning Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who was a prophet, mighty in deed and word before God and all the people (Luke 24:18-24). Jesus rebuked their unbelief and expounded the scriptures to them (Luke 24:25-28). When they came near to the village where they were going, Jesus indicated His intention to go farther. But they urged Him strongly, “abide with us”. Jesus Christ continued with them because they pleaded with Him to stay with them. The result of Jesus Christ staying includes : He revealed Himself to them at the breaking of bread. He opened their eyes to recognize the Lord. They were able to realize what happened on the road. These people who were afraid were able to go back to Jerusalem that very night. Why? Their testimony was empowered, they were able to witness effectively to the other disciples, “it is true, the Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon” – the two told what has happened on the way. I really think we need to plead with the Lord to always remain with us. We should do so by prayer and creating conducive environment for Him. It will make the whole difference in our lives. Are there things in and around us that will make Jesus not stay with you? Deal with them and make room for the Lord. – By Jokpeme Joseph Omode

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