Continuing our look at Luke 24, after Jesus has “vanished from their sight” (24:31) and these Emmaus dwellers returned to Jerusalem “the same hour…they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together” (24:33). Can you imagine the animated conversation as stories of post-resurrection events were told and how spiritual eyes were opened to the glory of Christ’s resurrection from death and the tomb? But what happens next gives them even greater surprise.
“As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?” (Luke 24:36–38).
There is no question in my mind that recent events in my own life have brought me into a closer, deeper experience of the presence of Jesus and the Spirit’s voice. This has brought real peace. I have even had to face some of my own doubts and moments when my heart was troubled. Jesus' question is not a critical one, but rather one that helps examine what is really going on inside. Where and in whom are our roots of faith? Are they merely based on emotional experience or on the Word of Truth? There is a connection between how deeply we root our faith in God’s Word and seeking the presence of the Lord. When these two things come together in our daily experience, doubts and fears dissolve, troubled hearts are brought into rest, and we become more expectant that He will reveal yet deeper and more wonderful truth to us.
Tomorrow we will take one more look at Luke 24. But before you shut down this web page, let me ask you; is your heart troubled? Do you have fears and doubts? You need the presence of Jesus. He is knocking at your door. Hurry, open the door and let Him in for moments of intimacy!
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