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In the Gospel of Luke Chapter 24 verses 13 through 35, Luke tells of a story that occurred between two of Jesus’s disciples after Jesus’s death, burial and resurrection. The conversation took place en route from Jerusalem to a village called Emmaus. Like many of Jesus’s disciples this was a very difficult time for them. The name Emmaus in Greek or Latin means “Warm Spring”. Perhaps the events that had unfolded in the past three days had become overwhelming and confusing and the two disciples just had to get a way and clear their minds. For whatever the reason they undertook the journey, circumstances surrounding Jesus’s death and resurrection assumed the center stage of their conversation.
While they were coming to grips with the reality that “Jesus is dead”, two other confusing events were thrown into the mix. Some women earlier in the day who had visited the tomb where Jesus had been buried had come reporting that Jesus’s body had gone missing, and that they had seen a vision of Angels telling them that Jesus is “alive”. This ever unfolding saga threw supposedly every one in town into a state of a limbo. While the two disciples engaged in their “loop” talk or what I would rather dub “think a louds” a total stranger joins them and veers into their conversation. The disciples are perplexed that this man sounds oblivious to the events that had rocked the whole town if not the whole known world. He questions the manner of their conversation as they walked and as to why they were sad.
It turns out this stranger to the two disciples, was non other than their Lord and Master Jesus Christ. However the scriptures state that “their eyes were holden that they should not know him.” Verse 16. It notable that Jesus has a way of walking beside people that are overwhelmed by circumstances although “their eyes” are “holden that they should not know him.” In Luke 7:13 Jesus said to a widow who had lost her only son “Don’t cry”. What are preoccupied with? Is Jesus really oblivious to your problem?, or it is just a matter of you being oblivious to His presence and to His written word. I default to the later.
Jesus takes over the conversation shortly after joining the disciples but he did not hide his disappointment at His disciples as He rebuked them for being “slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken” Verse 25. In this instance, Jesus is affirming that the answer to human dilemmas lies not in what is yet to be revealed or spoken but in what has already been revealed and spoken in God’s word. As I minister to God’s people I am always amazed at people who “want a word from the Lord”. God has given you Genesis through Revelation. There lies your answer to your finances, your marriage, your healthy, and your destiny.
One would think that Jesus would have told these two disciples straight up, “I am Jesus and I am alive” problem solved. No. Rather he gives to them a remedial teaching. The scriptures state that: “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” Verse 27. Simply put, Jesus pointed out to the disciples writings and prophecies in the bible, about the Messiah, from Moses right up to the last prophet, making the end of the Old Testament. When God has addressed a human concern in the scriptures, He is under not obligation to do extra. Just refer to the two contracts. The Old Contract or known as the Old Testament, and the New Contract also called the New Testament. It was ignoring what had been written that put the disciples in state of confusion.
Finally Jesus broke bread, blessed it and gave it to His disciples, and just then their eyes were opened and they recognized that it was Jesus. It is not by coincidence that when Jesus met a human need, their eyes were opened and they recognized Him. Sadly, Religion introduced to us a God who is detached from human needs. Religious folks were busy calling Jesus a sinner but to the man whose eyes Jesus had opened, Jesus was a prophet. John 9:24-25 ”
24 Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.
25 He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.”
My prayer is that Jesus opens your eyes to know whom He truly is.
To receive Jesus in your heart today, I invite you to repeat this prayer aloud:
Dear Father, I come to you in the name of your son Jesus Christ. I confess that Jesus is Lord, God and Savior. I am sorry for my sins. I repent and turn away from my sins. I ask for total forgiveness and for the blood of Jesus to cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Today I am born again. I am now I child of God. From this day forward I will serve Jesus, the rest of my life. In Jesus’s name I pray. Amen.
Luke 24:13-35King James Version (KJV)
13 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.
14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened.
15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.
16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.
17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?
18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?
19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:
20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.
21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.
22 Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre;
23 And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.
24 And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.
25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?
27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
28 And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.
29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.
30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.
31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
33 And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them,
34 Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.
35 And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.
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