In the 1990s, Denver Airport tried to build the world’s largest robotic airport baggage system. But the project bogged down with various problems, and after canceling four opening dates over a 10-year period, the project was finally abandoned and another smaller baggage system was built. Experts said the project failed because the builders misjudged what it took to build it and faced unforeseen problems. When we act based upon incomplete knowledge, we run the risk of unexpected outcomes and often lose hope in the process. After Jesus arose from the dead, two of his followers were traveling toward Emmaus feeling sad and hopeless, laboring under the false notion that the One they thought was the Messiah was dead. Their hopes were dashed not realizing the Messiah’s death fulfilled God’s purpose. When Jesus himself showed up without initially disclosing His identity, He explained that the Messiah’s death fulfilled many prophecies. Instead of being sad, they should have been glad. Like these two disciples, we can be filled with dread when our hopes are based on false data. It is why Jesus told us to follow Him if we want to know the truth and to entrust ourselves to Him if we want to live forever.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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