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April 10 – Walking The Path Of Discipleship

“And He said to them, ‘O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into His glory?’  And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, but they urged Him strongly, saying, ‘Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.’ So He went in to stay with them. When He was at table with them, He took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them.  And their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him. And He vanished from their sight. They said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked to us on the road, while He opened to us the Scriptures?’”  Luke 24:25-32

Devotional Thought For The Day

All of this is quite an interesting account. First, that the two disciples who were headed to Emmaus are not identified. Second, that Jesus would single them out, recalling them to the back to Jerusalem and the fellowship of “the eleven.” [Lk. 24:33] Third, that they didn’t recognize Him until “He took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them.” Fourth, that He immediately “vanished from their sight.” Finally, the central role of Holy Scripture in everything – what happened to Jesus, what it all meant, how Jesus taught, how all of the Old Testament Scripture is essentially about Jesus, and how hearts are genuinely touched by God only through the Scriptures, the Word of God.

All of this is of course a “road-map” for our life in Christ, following His resurrection and ascension, and prior to His glorious return on the Last Day.  We may be seemingly small and insignificant – no one really knows our names, and we certainly are not among the famous. Still Jesus cares deeply about each of us, and seeks us out to be His disciples.  He also calls us to the fellowship of His church – those who truly know Him and follow Him. He knows that we cannot be “lone-ranger” Christians. Though the people who are His true disciples are weak and sinful, their faith is sincere and their hearts are truly with Him.

The Holy Scripture [the Bible] is essential in our lives, for our hearts and minds, to have true and genuine knowledge of Christ and faith in Him. There are many things that give us “heart-burn” – including the devil and his wicked servants who emulate and mimic all that God does in order to trick and fool people away from God. But that “heart-burn” which is truly and genuinely from God always comes from Jesus “opening the Scriptures to us.” Anything contrary to Scripture, or added to Scripture, cannot be from God – even Jesus made sure that everything He did and taught was fully submissive to and in perfect conformity with Holy Scripture, the Bible. So His first disciples, His true apostles, always urged Christians to the written Word of God, asserting that these Scriptures alone were true, complete, and sufficient for everything pertaining to faith and life.

Finally, that Jesus reveals Himself to us in the “breaking and blessing of the bread.” We tend to be rationalists, assuming that the most important aspects of life and being are processed mentally. The Sacramental meal of Christ is a mystery, not fully accessible or explainable to our cognitive thought processes. So we may tend to minimize it – as is done when we explain away His clear and simple words and make them figurative, turning the Sacrament into something that is purely symbolic. Then we minimize our expectations of the Sacrament – as though it is merely something we are doing to “remember” what Christ did a long time ago.  So we do not “recognize” Him Who promises His presence in this meal, and thus forfeit the genuine strengthening of faith and fellowship with Christ that He desires to bless us with.

So, I hope you are not on your way to some Emmaus today, but rather eagerly heading toward the fellowship of Christ’s true disciples. I also hope that you are thoroughly entrenched in Jesus’ Word, the Bible, and that your heart is also burning in the joyous enlightenment Christ provides for us therein. Likewise, that you have found the great joy of recognizing the blessed presence of Christ in His sacramental meal of fellowship.  He may not be “visible” to our sight, but He is surely present with us always, “even to the end of the age.” So we live as His disciples today, and eagerly we pray, “Even so, come Lord Jesus.”

Prayer For The Day

O Lord Jesus, all too often we are like these two disciples, slow of heart to believe all that Your Word teaches. We get headed in the wrong direction, and need You to call us back to Yourself. Keep us firm in the fellowship of Your disciples as You teach us through Your Word – and may our hearts burn with the joy of knowing the truth. Grant us also the joy of recognizing Your gracious and merciful presence in the breaking of the bread. Keep us firm and constant until You return. Amen.