Recognizing Jesus On The Road

I love the story from shortly after He rose of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus.  It’s such a beautiful, comforting, and hope filled.  It starts with two broken hearted disciples mourning their Lord’s death as they travel, soon they meet up with another traveler who questions why they are so sad.  They reply somewhat incredulous “Haven’t you heard what has happened?  What they have done to our Lord, Yeshua?  They killed him then his body disappeared!”  To which the newcomer responds mildly chastising them for their foolish unbelief then He begins to teach.  Teach about the prophecies which His death and resurrection had fulfilled, he taught the prophets from Moses on, leaving their hearts burning with the Truth.  I want my heart to burn like that too, all the time.  Every night I pray that God will lead and guide me to live my life in a way that brings honor and glory to his name, to live my life for Christ my sweet Lord, to be who I need to be to further God’s plans and kingdom.  We can have Emmaus moments too if we watch and listen for them, but just as Jesus did not fully reveal himself to them until just before he left them, we must have our eyes open and our hearts.  We must trust and believe because we know we serve a risen Savior who lives in us every day, who sits at the right hand of the Father in heaven until the day he returns again for his own.

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And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was threescore furlongs from Jerusalem. And they communed with each other of all these things which had happened. And it came to pass, while they communed and questioned together, that Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. And he said unto them, What communications are these that ye have one with another, as ye walk? And they stood still, looking sad. And one of them, named Cleopas, answering said unto him, Dost thou alone sojourn in Jerusalem and not know the things which are come to pass there in these days? And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, The things 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 up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. But we hoped that it was he which should redeem Israel. Yea and beside all this, it is now the third day since these things came to pass. Moreover certain women of our company amazed us, having been early at the tomb; 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 that were with us went to the tomb, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.

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And he said unto them, O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Behoved it not the Christ to suffer these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they were going: and he made as though he would go further. And they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is now far spent. And he went in to abide with them. And it came to pass, when he had sat down with them to meat, he took the 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. And they said one to another, Was not our heart burning within us, while he spake to us in the way, while he opened to us the scriptures? And they rose up that very 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 rehearsed the things that happened in the way, and how he was known of them in the breaking of the bread.  Luke 24:13-35

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May God bless and keep you brothers and sisters in Christ.

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One thought on “Recognizing Jesus On The Road

  1. Steve Finnell says:

    I WANT MY SINS FORGIVEN LIKE THE TAX COLLECTOR BY STEVE FINNELL

    Advocates of having sins forgiven by reciting a sinner’s pray use as a proof-text, the parable of the publican and the Pharisee.

    Luke 18:9-14 Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 “The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank You I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 12 ‘I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ 13 “And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying , ‘God be merciful to me a sinner!. 14 “I tell you, this man went down ti his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be abased, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.(NKJV)

    This is not a parable about salvation, it is about arrogance versus humility.

    There is no indication that the Pharisee nor the Jewish tax collector were believers in Jesus Christ. They were both Jews.

    If you want to say a sinner’s prayer so you can be saved like the Jewish tax collector; then you believe you can have your sins forgiven without confessing Jesus as the Christ. Do you think you can be saved without believing that God raised Jesus from the dead? Do you believe you can be saved without believing that Jesus is the Son of God? Do you believe you can be saved while rejecting what Jesus said when He said he who has been baptized will be saved?

    The tax collector (publican) was not a Christian, nor did he become a Christian by praying a prayer of humility.

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