Saturday, November 15, 2008

On the Emmaus road

November 15: Luke 24 & John 20-21

13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” 25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29 but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him.
Luke 24:13-31

On the Emmaus Road

All of Jerusalem was in a stir over the events of the last few days. That is why the two men walking on the Emmaus Road were shocked to know that this stranger they met did not seem to know of the recent events. We are told, But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. Even when the stranger (who was actually Christ) explained in great detail, beginning with the law and the prophets, all of the things foretold about Jesus Christ, they did not know they were talking to the Lord.

And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

Finally, when they reached the village and invited Him into their home, their eyes were opened when he took bread, blessed it, and gave some to each of them.

It is often amazing how blind even believers can be about the teachings of the Word of God. This also brings up another very interesting point. The men were kept from recognizing Christ until their eyes were opened when Christ prayed.

As we have seen in so many Scriptures, there is no room for pride in the heart of a Christian because they are "smart" enough to accept Christ as their Savior and Lord. Look at the pitiful reaction of all of the disciples when Jesus was put on trial! Then, look at the extent of their unbelief when they heard news that He had risen from the dead.

Do you desire a closer relationship with Christ? How about a better understanding of the Word of God and how it applies directly to your daily life? Go to the Lord; cry out to Him for help and He will answer your prayer. Your growth and sanctification as a Christian comes directly from the Lord Jesus Christ.

What an amazing time it was in Jerusalem! Can you imagine the great joy of the Jewish Christians when Christ came and stood right where they were meeting? If you are a true believer, then yes, you can understand, as it is just like the joy you experienced when you first believed.

The songwriter calls it, Joy unspeakable and full of glory.

Maybe it is time for you to take a walk on the Emmaus Road!

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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