CAN you believe it's already Spring and Easter is here... April 1st. Nice planning whoever you are that determines which Sunday will be the date for Easter every year. Can't you almost hear some "Execs" in a board room, "Hey, let's call those chocolatey things 'Milk Duds' and while we're at it, let's have Easter on April Fools Day." However, when you think about it, it is kind of cool that Easter is on that day because Psalm 14:1 says, "The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God."Only Fools deny the existence of God. We are going to fly right in the face of April Fools Day and worship our LIVING GOD! Don't be a fool and miss out on church.
NOW I do understand that April Fools is a day for jokes and pranks and is a fairly harmless day. But did you know that a "fool" from scriptures is not a very good thing. 87 times the word "fool" appears in the Bible and another 46 times the word "foolish" shows up in Scriptures. A fool is someone who knows the truth but refuses to follow the truth. A fool is much different than an ignorant person or even a "not very smart" person. Those who are not blessed with a high I.Q. or the ability to learn well are just that, they struggle to learn. They are not as capable of discernment and comprehension as others. There is nothing wrong with this. God does not make everyone equal in everything. Now, an ignorant person is someone who is capable of learning but has not been given the opportunity to learn. Once information is shared with the ignorant, then they are no longer ignorant but informed. The fool is not stupid, nor are they ignorant. They have both the skill to learn the and information to apply. They simply wont apply what they know because they are either too lazy or stubborn and both are descriptive of the fool. The wise are those with the capacity to learn and then the desire to apply what they have learned.
THREE days after the Crucifixion of Jesus, there were two "Ignorant" men walking along a road heading toward the town of Emmaus. This story is told in Luke 24:28-32, "As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if He were going further. But they urged Him strongly, 'Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.' So He went in to stay with them. When He was at the table with them, He took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him, and He disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, 'Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?" These two disciples (followers) of Christ did not know that Jesus had rose from the dead. But once the information was given to them by the Lord they went from ignorant to informed and from informed to wise.
WHAT are the keys to becoming a wise person like the two disciples on the road to Emmaus? The first is to have a desire to be with Jesus.
NOTICE here in Luke 24:28-29, "As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if He were going further. But they urged Him strongly, 'Stay with us..." Jesus was going to continue on, but the two disciples urged Him to stay with them. Jesus and wisdom go hand in hand. He is wisdom, therefore being close to Him is a great start to acquiring wisdom.
THE second key to wisdom is the right information. In Luke 24:30, it says, "When He was At the table with them, He took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them."Bread, from scripture, is a synonym of the Word of God. Jesus said, Matthew 4:4, when tempted by the devil, "...It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God." So when Jesus broke the bread and gave it to them, "...Their eyes were opened and they recognized Him..."Luke 24:31. After this, the two went to the other disciples and shared the "good news" that Jesus was alive. In other words, they applied what they had learned, proving they were no longer ignorant. Neither were they fools, but they had wisdom.
EASTER may be on April Fools, but we will learn and grow and gain wisdom. See you "Wise Ones" this Sunday!