Picking up the story line from yesterday, Cleopas, one of the two walking seven miles to Emmaus, said to Jesus, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” And He (Jesus) said to them, “What things” (Luke 24:18-19)?
One of the most valuable lessons I have learned from Jesus is that He often answers a question with a question. With events in our personal lives, our marriages and families, a disunity in the church, a nation in moral decline and a world on the edge of chaos, it is time that we let Scripture ask us questions from its truth. These two travelers could tell Jesus what was happening, but they couldn’t answer the question as to why the tomb was empty.
This conversation was lengthy. You can say a lot in seven miles! “So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He (Jesus) acted as if He were going farther” (24:28). Would they say to Him, “have good travel wherever you are going” and separate at their doorstep? But Jesus had asked them a question that caused these two to invite Jesus into their home. “Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into His glory” (24:26)? This was a ‘STOP AND REFLECT’ question. With a question like that, they couldn’t let this Fellow-Traveler go His way without digging deeper into the details of Jesus’ rebuke; “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken” (24:25)! What had the prophets said that brings light and understanding to these events? They couldn’t let this Traveler just pass on without hearing more insight He had about the Christ who had suffered crucifixion, was buried, and now three days later was risen, leaving an empty tomb.
I ask you; what has God said in His Word that will bring HIS light to your circumstances? Don’t let this day pass without opening your Bible (or get one if you do not have one), and let it speak directly to your heart. “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18). Would you invite Him into your life for an intimate conversation? Jesus gives an insight to what happens to most in the church today; “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20). Believe it or not, Jesus wants your presence. Do you want His?
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