How far will we go to help someone grasp the important principles of Scripture? Jesus knew the value of walking seven miles with two who were discouraged with “things that had happened. “While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them” (Luke 24:15).
There was one thing Jesus did not do; He did not discuss the political angles of the Romans who crucified Him or the religious errors committed by the Jews that led up to His death. After listening to the concern of these two men, Jesus did what each of us must do. “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself” (24:27).
Was this seven mile walk worth the time, about 1 hour and 45 minutes? At the end of this walk from Jerusalem to Emmaus, they entered their home and had a meal with Jesus, and as He broke the bread, “their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him” (24:31). But that is not all. Though Jesus “vanished from their sight,” there was more revelation to come as the “returned to Jerusalem and…found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together” (24:33).
“Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures” (24:45). This is why we disciple others! It takes walking with the disciple, pointing them to the Scriptures, and letting the Lord by the Spirit open their understanding. From my own experience, there is an excitement in staying with someone until the light of God’s Word dispels the darkness and provides truth to walk in.
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