Have you ever thought about the three days after Jesus was crucified but before anyone knew that he had risen from the grave? Morale, hope, and confidence for the disciples were in very short supply. Their leader was dead. They might be next. The mission that they had left everything for seemed to be in ruin. Luke 24 tells the story of a significant journey for two disciples that were discouraged, dejected, and had all but given up.
Today, many people are struggling with hope, purpose, and utter discouragement. The economy is still in a shambles. Families are hanging on by a thread. Careers have been lost. Natural disasters are happening all over the world. Preachers are predicting the end of the world as we know it. It seems that there is no end to the bad news happening around us.
There is much that we can learn from the journey of these two disciples. Theirs is a story of hope being born from hopelessness and courage from discouragement. They experienced a renewal tha