Luke 24:21 KJV
They want to leave it all behind; take the road out of it all. The two men depart from the hills of Jerusalem to get away from all the reminders of a heartrending crucifixion on the hill of Golgotha. As the road slopes down from Jerusalem, so their souls now slope down, emptied of hope from an empty tomb.
One would think that the crisp, clear sky, the warm afternoon sun, and the aroma of spring buds in the air would revive their souls. Not so.
In their attempt to leave behind the pain and disappointment, they find they yet carry the heartache with them: the lashings of punishment strike at their emotions; the nails of hatred pierce their hearts; the thorns of a mocking crown penetrate their thoughts.
“Passover will never be the same. No Passover lamb can ever be eaten with the same savor; the herbs will be more bitter; and the bread, oh, the bread of brokenness,” says one.
A stranger suddenly joins the two men and interrupts their conversation. “You seem to be in a deep discussion with such mournful expressions. What concerns you so?”
They stop abruptly. A look of bewilderment blankets their faces.
“Are you a stranger in Jerusalem? Do you not know the things that happened there these last three days?” asks one.
“What things? What has happened?”
As they walk, the two men recall to the stranger all the anguish: the judgment, the whipping, and the crucifixion of an innocent man named Jesus.
“We thought He was the glorious Messiah come to rescue Israel,” one says.
“Do you not understand?” the man asks them. “Are you so slow to believe that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures of the Messiah suffering these things before He entered His time of glory?”
The stranger attempts to rekindle their ashened hopes by quoting them the prophets, starting with the book of Genesis and going through the Scriptures, explaining what they meant.
The two men encourage the stranger to share a meal with them. Agreeing to go with them, he joins them as they sit down at the table. The man takes the bread, blesses it and breaks it, giving a portion to each one.
Suddenly, the veil of obscurity vanishes from their eyes and they recognize Him! It is Jesus Himself! And at that moment, He disappears from their sight.
“It was Jesus! It was Jesus!” they both shout.
So exhilarated, they remind each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn as He talked with us along the way and opened up the Scriptures for us?”
Grasping it all, their hearts are set blaze with the Emmaus heartburn. *
They trusted. Past tense. Aren’t we that way sometimes, losing hope and allowing faith and trust to drop by the wayside on our faith journey?
We live in the past tense.
And we see not Jesus. Right beside us.
We trusted once, but now?
His presence is with us, yet we see Him not. Lack of trust shuts our spiritual eyes to the realization of His presence.
When we loosen our grip on fears, doubts, storms, discouragements, and heartaches, we relinquish all to gain the blessing of Easter’s sacrifice.
The sacrifice of Easter nails our past to the cross. Opens the dark tomb of our present to hope. Resurrects the lifeless and offers a new life with a future secured in the hands of God. All to give us Jesus’ presence in our lives
The most priceless blessing of your life: the Lord’s presence with you.
Trust it! Trust Him!
May your trust always in the present tense and your heart be set ablaze with faith as an Emmaus heartburn.
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