Monday, June 10, 2013

Luke 24:25-35

Thank you for your prayers, I'm in much better spirits today.  Still feeling bad, but my soul is peaceful.

v. 25-35 Jesus said to them, "How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!  Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter His glory?  And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.  As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if He were going farther.  But they urged Him strongly, 'Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.'  So He went in to stay with them.  When He was at the table with them, He took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them.  Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him, and He disappeared from their sight.  They asked each other, 'Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?'  They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem.  There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, 'It is true!  The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.'  Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when He broke the bread."

These men were sad and Jesus had to snap them out of the fog that was surrounding them.  Jesus spoke of the Scriptures that were about His ministry and His life.  Jesus is the thread that binds the Old Testament and New Testament together.  We should not be slow of heart to believe anything that God shows us, that delay might send us down a path that might put doubts between us and God.  We should turn to other believers to help us when we do not know the meaning of certain scriptures.  We are supposed to be in community with others so we can all grow in knowledge.  These men did not want Jesus to go on ahead because it was evening.  So they went to eat in the village.  When Jesus gave thanks and broke the bread then they saw who He really was and He disappeared.  Jesus no longer was bound by His human body, He was immortal and could act as such.  The bible says they got up at once to return to Jerusalem.  They went despite the darkness of evening with urgency to tell the others what they had seen.  They went from being slow of heart to hearts on fire.  The bible says they were going to a village about seven miles away from Jerusalem so when they saw Jesus they had a long way to go in the darkness to spread the Good News.  Many times it may seem like we are going through darkness when we want to share with others.  Do not lose heart, there are those that need to hear and you may be the only one they hear from. 

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