Then the two from Emmaus told their story of how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road, and how they had recognized him as he was breaking the bread. And just as they were telling about it, Jesus himself was suddenly standing there among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. But the whole group was startled and frightened, thinking they were seeing a ghost! “Why are you frightened?” he asked. “Why are your hearts filled with doubt? Luke 24:35-38
How do you deal with doubts when they come your way? From the text, Jesus asked a probing question to His disciples after His resurrection. “Why are your hearts filled with doubt?” (v. 38). Oftentimes this is also the question that Christ will be asking of you. When facing difficulties doubts can arise from the heart. When you find yourself grappling for answer when trials come, you will feel uncertain and you ask if God will come through and help you out with your situation. Previous to this event stated from the text, Jesus walked with the two men from Emmaus. They were struggling to believe what Jesus told His disciples that after His death on the cross He will resurrect from the dead. This was the time Jesus revealed the truth of His promise. While walking with these men, He explained to them how He fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies regarding the coming of the Savior. So when Jesus went to the Upper Room while the men from Emmaus reported to the disciples what they experienced, He confronted their doubts. He again explained what was written in the Scriptures about His coming. “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled” (Luke 24:44). Just like what Christ did to His disciples, let Him open your heart to the truth found from His word. Instead of doubting God, let the counsel of His word build up the faith you have for Him. Let the knowledge of your personal relationship with Him remove the clouds of doubts and have them replaced with confidence and trust. When the disciples realized that Jesus is alive and came back to bear witness to what He had spoken to them, their hearts burn within as he talked and explained the Scriptures (v. 32). Doubts could be removed once you experience the reality of who Christ is. “Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory” (Colossians 1:27).