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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa. 
To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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"It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"  Matthew 4: 4. 

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Written by: Andries
Thursday, May 02, 2019 9:05:22 AM  RssIcon

Three of the most heartbreaking, but realistic, words in the New Testament are found in Luke 24: 21:“We had hoped.” This expression says, “Our hope is dead. It is a thing of the past. It will not return to us”.
 
They are the words of two disciples who loved Jesus and expected everything from him. But on the first Resurrection Sunday afternoon they were exhausted, depressed and conquered by sorrow walking home in the little town of Emmaus, because they thought that Jesus was dead and would always remain dead.
Even though the grave was empty.
And in spite of the testimony of a few women who claimed that they met with the risen Lord that morning.
 
But then we notice that the risen Jesus joined the two disciples on that road and journeyed with them.
He went to where they were in more than one way; he joined their journey and appeared right in the middle of all the pain, distress and hopelessness they felt.
This is good news.
 
The best definition of faith you will ever find, is probably:
We somehow have to trust that the living Jesus is with us, even when we can’t see or feel or sense his presence in our lives.
 
Jesus was with them.
He listened to them.
He taught them from the Holy Scriptures all about himself.
He revealed himself to them by breaking bread with them!
He intervened by ministering to them through the means of grace: The Word and Sacrament.
 
Let us always remember that Jesus will meet with us –
wherever we are on the road of life and —
that the presence of the living Lord through Word and Sacrament is meant to propel us on our journey from despair to a destination called hope!
 
The living Lord intervenes that we may believe that he is with us always.
Whatever we feel, think or experience.
Believe it! 

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