Week of March 19-23,
And, behold, two of them went that same day to a
village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. And
they talked together of all these things which had happened. And it came to
pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near,
and went with them.
What causes Jesus to draw near to us? Relationship? Yes. Seeking? Yes, again.
Need? Of course. We all need Him all the time. He is our Creator, after all.
What caused Jesus to draw near to these two? It certainly was not the level of
faith on their conversation, for they were complaining that their Savior was
dead. Just dead. Not risen as He said, but just dead. There was no resurrection
faith in their conversation. No worship, nothing to cause Him to draw near to
them, but He drew near, anyway. Perhaps it was because they desperately needed a
revelation of Him in His resurrected form. We all need that for salvation or the
born-again experience to take place. We need to see Him in the power of His
resurrection. When you see Him as He is now, there is a good possibility that
you will be saved. No longer see Him on the cross, or suffering, but see Him as
having overcome the cross, and death, and hell, and the grave. This is why He
drew near. He did it to reveal Himself in His true form to those who had their
hope in Him. Faith will follow if you have a revelation of Him, but hope draws
Him near. There must have been an element of hope in their hearts that their
Savior was risen from the dead.
If you are in need of healing, there is good news!
Proverbs 4:20-22 says:
son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine
For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their
So there is life and health in
God's word. Since God's word is medicine, we must take it like we would
a prescription. I suggest three times a day, like you would your food.
Remember, healing is the children's bread. Consider this your "dose"
Remember, read, and meditate three times a day the following:
~ But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with
healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of
your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of Hosts.
to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be
ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Tim. 2:15
If you've never studied the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, we invite
you to join us as we read through the Bible in a year. Read and
meditate on these chapters today:
**March 19 --- Exodus 30, John
9, Proverbs 6, Galatians 5
**March 20 --- Exodus 31, John 10, Proverbs 7,
**March 21 --- Exodus 32, John 11, Proverbs 8, Ephesians 1
**March 22 --- Exodus 33, John 12, Proverbs 9, Ephesians 2
**March 23 ---
Exodus 34, John 13, Proverbs 10, Ephesians 3
**March 24 --- Exodus 35, John
14, Proverbs 11, Ephesians 4
**March 25 --- Exodus 36, John 15, Proverbs 12,
But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. And he said unto them,
What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk,
and are sad? 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? 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: And how the chief priests and our
rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. 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. Yea, and certain
women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre;
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. 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.
Jesus asks what the matter is, and boy do they tell all. It's good to pour your
heart out to God. Sometimes we try to be so careful to speak the word and keep
our confession full of faith, but God understands our confusion, distress, and
disappointment when we come into times where we don't have answers or experience
with Him. Sometimes you know that God will provide $200, but do you believe He
can supply $2000? At times like this, you need a new revelation of Him. So you
begin by rehearsing what you know, what you have heard, what your bible says.
This is exactly what these two did. They began to tell Jesus all that
was said about Him, and to recall the events of the past three days. They
obviously are trying to make sense out of the events of the past three days.
Somehow, they are unable to believe that the Lord has risen. Hasn't He told the
truth about everything else that He ever said? Why is the news of His
resurrection so hard to believe? It is because nobody that they have talked to
has actually seen the Lord. They want to see first, and then believe. Jesus
demands that we believe first in our hearts, and then we will see. If you
believe God long enough for something you will see it, possess it, live in it,
marry it, give birth to it. Whatever purpose for which the blessing comes, if
you believe first, you shall have it.
Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the
prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to
enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded
unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. And they drew
nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have
gone further. 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.
So you have doubt. You must hasten to the Master when doubt arises. Why do we
always try to hide our flaws from God? Jesus comes to these men in another form
for the purpose of getting them to be honest with Him. He disarms them with His
lowly presence. Perhaps He has done this to you. Has He ever disarmed you and
revealed Himself to you through the most unlikely person? Maybe one of your
children has reminded you to hold on to the promises when you've expressed doubt
or unbelief. Perhaps an unsaved boss has spoken comfort or reassurance to you
when you've felt low or inadequate. Perhaps an underling has encouraged you to
keep on the right road, as Naaman's servants encouraged Him. These are all
examples of Jesus appearing to us in another, unlikely form. These two never
expected this stranger to be the Lord. Sometimes we never expect much when we
judge people by appearances. We may consider the person who is newly born again
to not be very knowledgeable, or the person who struggles financially to not
have much to contribute. A homeless person may not strike us as having much to
contribute, but Jesus can and does come to us in the form of the unlovely.
So Jesus rebuked them for their unbelief. Unbelief must be rebuked. It is
the enemy of faith and receiving from God. So what does He do next? He lovingly
explains to them what they need to know in order to believe. Jesus always
increases your faith; He will never diminish it. So Jesus goes farther on the
road with them. He goes far enough to give them what they need in order to
believe and please the Father. The question is, will you believe, so that He
will go farther with you, or will you continue in doubt and unbelief?
And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with
them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes
were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
Don't let Him leave before you get all your doubts removed and your questions
answered. These two constrained Him to go further. Faith always opens the door
to more of God. By accepting rebuke and believing what Jesus had told them,
these two were able to keep Him around long enough to get the rest of the
revelation. When Jesus told them all that Moses and the prophets had said about
Him, He was preaching the gospel in capsule form. You will see this pattern
repeated by His apostles and believers in the book of Acts. This is how Christ
reveals Himself to mankind in this present age. The disciples, until that time,
had been accustomed to Jesus preaching the Kingdom and demonstrating the power
of the Kingdom in mighty deeds. Now He is revealing Himself to people in their
hearts. It is from this knowledge of Jesus in our hearts that we declare who He
is and He works with us confirming His word with signs following. The
resurrected Jesus is the head of the New Testament church. This is why His
identity was hidden from them initially. They were expecting the old form, not
the resurrected form.
While He broke bread with them, their eyes were
opened. Did He not instruct them to do this in remembrance of me? Eating the
bread and drinking the cup was a sign of the covenant and the remembrance of all
that He was to them suddenly came flooding back to these two. Jesus would go on
to reveal Himself to His disciples again in the breaking of bread. These "points
of contact" allow us to be put in remembrance of Him. They draw our attention to
the fact that we serve an ever-present God; One who sticks closer than a brother
and who helps our unbelief.
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? And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem,
and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, Saying,
The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. And they told what things
were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.
The new day dawns. They have made contact with the Daystar from on High. He has
visited them. They recall how their hearts burned within them while he walked
with them. Ever reflect on your life and see where God "had His hand on your
life" long before you gave your heart to Him? He touches us many times before He
reveals Himself as our Savior and Lord. Long before He offers us the gift of
eternal life, He has approached us on the road of life and answered our
questions about Him. Many times, however, we have refused to believe. We were
not always as fortunate as these two. Many times we prefer to hold onto our "own
ideas." We are content with our lives as they are. But what happens when
disaster hits? What happens when sudden illness strikes? I'll tell you what
happens: Jesus appears. He always appears to us. He finds us wherever we are,
and He patiently constrains us until we hear. Yes these two should have known
when their hearts began to burn, just as it had during the many sermons that
they had heard Him preach, for His sheep know His voice. Why did they deny that
knowledge? Perhaps because it was too good to be true. Could He really have
risen from the dead as He said? Sometimes we know God is speaking to us, but
unbelief keeps us locked out of His revelation. What He is proposing is too good
to be true. But it is God nonetheless. It is the undeniable risen Lord.
So now the unbelieving believers are convinced. They have a personal revelation
of Christ. They now join the few who have seen Him alive. They go back and
testify to the rest that they have seen Him. And so the church begins. God only
needs one to start the Kingdom. He began with the first Adam, then Noah, then
Abram, then Isaac, then Jacob, then Joseph, then David... until the Last Adam
who birthed the church. We serve a wonderful Lord. Constrain Him to give you
further revelation of Him. He will meet you on the road of life.