VIDEO The Emmaus Road – Christ: The Living Expositor

 

Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. Luke 24:13

Archaeologists believe they now know the location of the New Testament town of Emmaus. Since 2017, a French-Israeli expedition has been digging at a site known as Kiriath Yearim, a hill overlooking the approach to Jerusalem a few kilometers west of the city. In Bible times, the site was a walled city about seven miles from Jerusalem.

Walking there in today’s modern maze of streets and political divisions wouldn’t be easy. In a better sense, those who know Jesus are walking the Emmaus Road with Him now, every day.

Think of it! As these two discouraged disciples walked with the Savior, He explained the Old Testament to them, showing them how it proved the Messiah would come, suffer, die, and rise again. Their discouragement faded away, and a surging joy came with their new information. Their hearts burned within them.

Our hearts, too, are revived as we walk the Emmaus Road and realize the entire Bible is all about Him, from Genesis to Revelation, both Old and New Testaments. His Word always revives our hearts.

Whoever knows the God of the Old Testament meets Him again in the New, with no transition adjustment necessary. Rene Pache


Christ: The Living Expositor, Part 1 (Luke 24:13-32)

Learning from Little Ones

From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise. Matthew 21:16

 

When a friend and I rode into one of the slums in Nairobi, Kenya, our hearts were deeply humbled by the poverty we witnessed. In that same setting, however, different emotions—like fresh waters—were stirred in us as we witnessed young children running and shouting, “Mchungaji, Mchungaji!” (Swahili for “pastor”). Such was their joy-filled response upon seeing their spiritual leader in the vehicle with us. With these tender shouts, the little ones welcomed the one known for his care and concern for them.

As Jesus arrived in Jerusalem riding on a donkey, joyful children were among those who celebrated Him. “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! . . . Hosanna to the Son of David” (Matthew 21:9, 15). But praises for Jesus were not the only sounds in the air. One can imagine the noisiness of scurrying, money-making merchants who were put to flight by Jesus (vv. 12–13). Furthermore, religious leaders who had witnessed His kindness in action “were indignant” (vv. 14–15). They voiced their displeasure with the children’s praises (v. 16) and thereby exposed the poverty of their own hearts.

We can learn from the faith of children of God of all ages and places who recognize Jesus as the Savior of the world. He’s the One who hears our praises and cries, and He cares for and rescues us when we come to Him with childlike trust.

By:  Arthur Jackson

Reflect & Pray

How have your views of Jesus changed over the years? What things get in the way of seeing Him as the Son of God who has come to save you?

Jesus, help me to see You for who You are—my Lord and Savior.

Searching for Unforgiveness

Luke 17:3-4
Unforgiveness is like fertile soil for a crop of noxious weeds. It is the source of much that can go sour in personal relationships and, therefore, impacts our relationship with God. Sometimes it’s disguised—for instance, if people say in an angry tone that they have forgiven past offenses, their obvious bitterness betrays them. Unforgiveness can sink into your heart and hide from you; then it can hurt relationships without you ever being aware of it.Consider these following questions to see if you need to forgive someone:

  •  Have you been hoping that a certain person will get what he or she deserves?
  •  Do you talk negatively about this individual to others?
  •  Do you indulge in fantasies of revenge—even mild ones?
  •  Do you mull over what someone did to you?
  •  How do you feel if a good thing happens to that individual?
  •  Do you blame him or her for how your life turned out?
  •  Do you find it hard to be open and trusting with people?
  •  Are you frequently angry, depressed, or bitter?
  •  Do you find it difficult or impossible to thank God for your offender?

 

Take a moment to let God examine your heart. Will He find any unforgiveness there?

The Righteous Desire

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness.” (Matthew 6:33)

The Pharisees of Jesus’ day were quite “religious” in their behavior, but our Lord often took them to task because “all their works they do for to be seen of men” (Matthew 23:5).

God’s Kingdom Is First Priority: The Lord’s admonition in our text was given to focus His followers beyond the “ordinary” desires and needs of their physical existence. We are expected to “look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18). As promised, when we are rightly focused, “all these other things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).

Yielded to Righteousness: We become “servants” of those things that we “obey.” We obey that which we have “yielded” ourselves to (Romans 6:16). It is not possible to “serve two masters” (Matthew 6:24). Our “members” (our physical bodies) can either become “instruments” (weapons) of ungodliness or of righteousness (Romans 6:13). We either “walk” after the Spirit or after the flesh (Romans 8:1).

Doggedly Pursue Godliness: “But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness” (1 Timothy 6:11). Even though our “new man” longs for righteousness, and we consciously yield ourselves to seek and serve God’s kingdom, “with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin” (Romans 7:25).

We must never become slack in our diligence. “Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12). HMM III

The Message Must Be Very Much Alive

Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.

—Jeremiah 1:9-10

 

A church can wither as surely under the ministry of soulless Bible exposition as it can where no Bible is given at all. To be effective, the preacher’s message must be alive—it must alarm, arouse, challenge; it must be God’s present voice to a particular people. Then, and not until then, is it the prophetic word and the man himself, a prophet.

To perfectly fulfill his calling, the prophet must be under the constant sway of the Holy Spirit. Further, he must be alert to moral and spiritual conditions. All spiritual teaching should relate to life. It should intrude into the daily and private living of the hearers. Without being personal, the true prophet will nevertheless pierce the conscience of each listener as if the message had been directed to him or her alone.   TWP085-086

Lord, I pray that my preaching and teaching might never become routine. Keep me fresh; keep me under the “constant sway of the Holy Spirit;” keep me alert and alive always. Amen.

 

Study, then Do

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein…to do…all that is written therein.

—Joshua 1:8

 

The great American evangelist, Charles Finney, went so far as to declare bluntly that it is sinful to teach the Bible without moral application. He asked what good is accomplished merely to study a course in the Bible to find out what it says, if there is to be no obligation to do anything as a result of what has been learned?

There can be a right and a wrong emphasis in conducting Bible classes. I am convinced that some Bible classes are nothing more than a means whereby men become even more settled in their religious prejudices.

Only when we have moral application are we in the Bible method! When we give ourselves seriously to Bible study, we discover the Holy Spirit’s method. “This is what God did, and this is what God did. Therefore, this is what you ought to do!” That is always the Bible way. ICH137

Let’s practice the art of Bible meditation….Let us open our Bibles, spread them out on a chair and meditate on the Word of God. It will open itself to us, and the Spirit of God will come and brood over it….Put away the questions and answers and the filling in of blank lines…and in faith say, “Father, here I am. Begin to teach me!” COU137

 

The Divine Christ

Titus 2:13-14

Let me try to put before you what I conceive to be the true representation of the Christ of God. We say that He meets the whole world’s need—that He comes to it walking on the waves of its difficulties, sins and sorrow, and says: “I am the Bread of Life; take Me, appropriate Me, live by Me, and you will live forever. I am the Christ, the Savior of the world.” This is the Deliverer, whom philosophers have longed for, and which all the world, more or less, groped after as some dim figure.

The Christ of God is divine. We see at the outset that man needed some being outside of himself, above him, and yet able to understand him in his guilt and helplessness, able to inspire him with a new life, to impart light, love, strength and to do this always and everywhere, in every hour of temptation and danger. Humanity needed an exhibition of God, not merely to be told about him, but to see him. God’s expedient for showing this to man was to come in the flesh. Truly, no man as he is by nature can see God and live. He promised a Savior who should reveal Him in all the holiness and benevolence of His character and in His plenitude of power to save!

Christ is the nearest to the divine of anything we can conceive. And this perfect being claimed to be divine, and He claimed it unmistakably and persistently. His divinity is the central fact around which all His doctrines and teachings revolve. Then, if He were so near an approach to perfection, as even unbelievers admit, how was it that He allowed such an impression of His teachings to go abroad, if He were not divine? How could He say, “If you believe not that I am He you shall die in your sins” (John 8:24 KJV), if He had not known Himself to be the Christ of God?

Take this mystery out of Christianity, and the whole system utterly collapses. Without a divine Christ it sinks into a mere system of philosophy and becomes powerless.

As He came walking over the sea of Galilee to the men of His day, He comes now to you, walking over the storm raised by your appetites, your passions and sins. He offers to pronounce, “Peace, be still” (Mark 4:39 KJV) and end this tempest of your soul forever. Will you let Him?

Because of His vicarious sacrifice, God waits to pardon your guilt, transform your character, beautify and utilize your life. Let this divine Christ reign over you as sovereign of your heart and life.

Catherine Booth, Popular Christianity