“Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem.
So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.
Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.”
Luke 24:13, 15-16, 25-27, 31 NKJV
“Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.””
John 20:29 NKJV
It is Monday. Sunday’s coming! This will be a special week, as I reflect on all that has happened in my life since I came to know the Lord in 1998. I will consider all that I have endured, all that has changed in me, and what kind of person I have become. Sunday will be my twenty third spiritual birthday. Through all of this , I will rejoice in my forgiveness from an unseen God, who I have gotten to know by faith.
I am nearly finished with the Gospels as part of my annual read through the bible, and I read of the two believers met by Jesus on the road to Emmaus. I have read that passage countless times over the years, but this morning, verse 16 stood out, as I read how Jesus had restrained their eyes so that they did not recognize Him.
The two were saddened by the events of the week, and were trying to make sense of it. Along comes this stranger who appears to be completely unaware of all that had happened. They seek to fill Him in, but their point of view is from man’s perspective and they can only see defeat and not the eternal victory. They, with worldly eyes, could only see that the One who they hoped would redeem Israel and deliver them from Rome, had been betrayed and crucified.
It is not until the stranger takes them to the Word that they understand. Jesus shares with them all about Himself from the Scriptures, detailing the eternal big picture.
He told them of the Christ of the Old Testament, of His required suffering and death for the sins of the world. As He spoke I am sure they were reminded of all that He had said to them through His three years of ministry. The word of God had awakened their faith by the power of the Word.
We in these present times believe in Jesus based on the Word of God, and what He has done in us by the Holy Spirit. The passage in Luke is a snapshot of the Church of Jesus Christ and our faith, having not seen Him, but having faith nevertheless.
We are in a time not unlike that the followers of Christ had to endure. We are living in a world that does not know the name of Jesus as Lord, but as a swear word. We are in a world devoid of faith, unaware of the word of God, and not moved by the Holy Spirit. It is easy to be like those on the road to Emmaus, struggling to make sense of all that has happened over the last two thousand years.
We might be focused on the seeming defeat, forgetting the eternal victory already won. Let us not be reliant on our eyes of flesh, but see with eyes of faith.
We have have Jesus with us and in us, we have His word and His Helper. We have the blessing of faith, built up and supported by fellowhship in the Body of Christ and preaching and teaching of His word.
““These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
John 14:25-27 NKJV
For a brief moment the two on the road to Emmaus experienced the kind of faith that we take for granted, as they walked by faith and not by sight. They listened as Jesus instructed them from the word. When He did appear, He soon vanished, and they were able to remember that all they needed to know was in the Scriptures.
In this Holy Week, let us consider that we have all that we need, and may our faith be sustained, as we walk by faith and lean on the truths of the Scriptures.
Those who abide in Jesus, know that He is near. I feel His presence each morning with I study the Scriptures, when I pray, and when I pause and share with you. May this be a week of reminders of the faithfulness of God.
As the world is decaying around us, let us be reminded that there is soon coming a day when we will once again be with Jesus, and we will see Him as He is. He will not vanish away, our eyes will be open, and we see Him in His glory for all eternity. Not only will we behold Him, but so too will the world.
“And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.””
Revelation 21:3-4 NKJV
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