Blessed Father, we desire to break bread with You, to walk with You & enjoy Your company. Make our hearts burn within us as we meet with You, unfolding Your Word in our hearts. Help us to see, hear & gain wisdom. Prepare us for the difficulties & joys of the day, so we may rely on You & give You glory no matter what may come. We seek You out for these blessings of faith & for the sake of Your glory being shown through us.
We pray this in Jesus’ Name, amen.
Luke 24: 13-35
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. And he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” 33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.
I long for these moments & experiences. As Christians, we long for the Lord’s presence, we desire to walk with Him, listen to Him & experience what these two experienced along the road to Emmaus. There is no greater joy than to be able to give our whole selves over to the will & mystery of the Lord, to be bundled up in His arms & to close out every sound but the sweetness of His voice. Swift & powerful, His tongue comforts & convicts, He cuts to the root of our sin & draws us up into the highest heaven. It is almost indescribable. But we long for these moments. We want every weekend worship gathering to be a place where we meet with Him like this, every moment spent in the Word like this, every encounter with a stranger, friend or family member like this when we share our faith with them.
But we must also be reminded of these two on the road. They were consumed, troubled & sad. They had expectations, desires for redemption & they wanted to see God’s hand move in a mighty & powerful way. And it took Jesus’ presence to bring them comfort. His Words, His presence, His laughter, teaching & prayer to open their eyes to what God had done & was continuing to do.
If we would feel His presence, then we must draw near & listen. We must hear what He says, and leave behind what fills our mind, giving it all over to Him in these moments where we need to draw near. While Jesus spoke, they were silent. They listened. They didn’t interrupt every third word, they weren’t engrossed in another activity. Their focus was undivided & therefore laser focused on everything He had to say. It was time spent just with Jesus. Unrushed, untouched, unadulterated. Just them & just Him.
If we want to feel the comforting presence of Jesus, then we need to give Him our attention. We need to listen & remove distractions. If we are broken & hurting inside, if life’s events are too much to handle & understand, then we need to trust Him with those moments & draw near to Him & Him alone.
Praise God for His Holy Spirit who can & does walk with us, even within us, through these moments of our day-to-day life. What a precious gift to know He is with us, moving, present & speaking to us. We simply need to seek Him out for peace & be still, trusting in His footsteps along the way.
Father, we bless Your holy Name! We praise the movement of Your Word in our hearts!
Teach us to listen & be still. remind us of Your presence & may we feel that sweet stillness in our spirits as we draw near to You along life’s road. Again, we pray in Jesus’ Name, amen.
“35 So Jesus asked this question as He taught in the temple complex, “How can the scribes say that the Messiah is the Son of David? 36 David himself says by the Holy Spirit:
‘The Lord declared to my Lord,
Sit at My right hand
until I put Your enemies under Your feet.’
37 David himself calls Him Lord ; how then can the Messiah be his Son?” And the large crowd was listening to Him with delight.”
When properly read, understood and taught, Scripture captivates and delights the heart. There is no need to build it up, no purpose in feeling like it has to be justified or treating it like it cannot stand on its own. Here, in answering to a common thought about Messiah, Jesus confirms divine inspiration and shows the power behind these words.
Just as Messiah is not simply the son of David, but also his Lord & Master, Scripture is not simply a collection of writings and thoughts but a work of art written on and through the hearts of men by the direct inspiration of God’s Holy Spirit.
This is a key doctrine and understanding of the Christian world. The Bible isn’t just a book or a series of letters. No, Scripture is a collection of divinely inspired writings, given to humanity by God for the express purpose of seeing out Him and His will. It is properly understood as a revelatory work, something given over that was hidden and would not otherwise have been revealed. It is holy, sacred and powerful. It is inerrant when it is untampered with and left to deliver its own message and not the agendas of men who translate it to suit their own ends or to make it more ‘politically correct.’
Every thought, every attitude of our heart should be weighed and measured against this most holy book. And because it is not only a book written by men, it deserves our attention as a matter of first importance. Secular books may be fun to read, they may sculpt our imaginations, but Scripture has the power, again though the Holy Spirit, to transform our hearts and lives. Time and again, atheists and agnostics who seek to discredit it find themselves, through thorough examination, at the conclusion the were seeking to avoid. God is real. His Word is living and active and it cuts to the core of our being.
Words are powerful. God’s words? Infinitely so.
Know that you are equipped for anything and everything when you GoLove people with your heart full of this wonderful gift of love.
(another journal entry with no reference)
in the narnia series, you can feel the excitement and anticipation when the characters utter the phrase “alsan is on the move.” they are waiting for something, anything, to happen to get them out of the current situation they are in…(witches, usurping uncles, and other such things)
aslan’s anticipated coming is enough to get blood pumping, to bring bring courage to dead hearts, to inspire people to action…and in
reading about it, you can catch a sense of that yourself.
but when God is “on the move” in real life, how much more should that stir our souls! to raise us up out of our inactivity, to wrest us from fear and our ‘safety’ we have built for ourselves. if we can read a book, or watch a movie and get inspired, what should God’s movement do to us? how should we then respond?
can we sit idly by and act as if nothing is going on? do we dig deeper into our holes for fear of being moved or asked to do something great? why do we cower when we should leap? why do we shirk when we should take up? why shouldn’t we stand and cry out for joy when God, our God is on the move?
Father, move us. move Your people to action. stir our hearts in a way that cannot be ignored. bring us down whatever road You must in order to wake us up, open our mouths and cause us to sing Your praises on the street corners. we will follow in Your wake…simply lead us Father. bring life to these dead bones.