Luke 14:15 - While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself approached and began traveling with them. 16 But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him. 17 And He said to them, “What are these words that you are exchanging with one another as you are walking?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, answered and said to Him, “Are You the only one visiting Jerusalem and unaware of the things which have happened here in these days?” 19 And He said to them, “What things?” And they said to Him, “The things about Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word in the sight of God and all the people, 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to the sentence of death, and crucified Him. … 25 And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.
The story did not end in the tomb. Though the enemy would have him stay, though it seemed evil had won, our God could not be contained. Not death, not the grave not even the gates of Hell itself could keep our Savior at bay. Jesus is our risen King.
Imagine a God who is THAT powerful being willing to set it all aside just to suffer and die. Imagine a God whose plan for you goes back thousands of years to the very beginning of humanity. That is the God that wants to know you. That is the God who wants to redeem you. This is the God who wants a relationship with you. That is the God who loves you.