Daily Devotion Tuesday, 23 May 2017
The road to Emmaus
The interaction of Jesus with Cleopas and his friend on the road to Emmaus, provides helpful instruction regarding the way of illumination. These two men were travelling away from Jerusalem following Christ's crucifixion. As they walked, they were discussing the events that had just taken place. Jesus approached them and began to travel with them; however, their eyes were prevented from recognising Him. They were sad, even depressed, because they viewed Christ's crucifixion as the disappointment of their hope. They said to Jesus, 'The chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to the sentence of death, and crucified Him. But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel.'
The inability of Cleopas and his friend to see the risen Son of God, demonstrated that a veil lay over their hearts. This veil represented their own expectations regarding the ministry of Christ, and their attempts together, to make sense of, or rationalise, what had happened. In other words, they had their own gospel concerning the work of the Messiah. The impact of this veil upon them was that their hope had been deferred and their hearts were becoming sick with depression. Furthermore, they were unable to perceive that which was spiritual, namely Jesus.
Jesus noted their condition and said to them, 'Foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?' Then, beginning with Moses and the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in the Scriptures. The impact of Jesus' explanation was that their hearts burned within them. This was the evidence that their minds were being opened to perceive something beyond their own comprehension, or opinions, regarding the meaning of the Scriptures. This is amazing, yet they were still unable to recognise Jesus.
|Pro 13:12 Joh 21:4 Act 3:22 Joh 5:39 Isa 50:6|
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|Luke 24||Proverbs 23|