Luke 24:25-27 “Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.”
On this day of all days, we set aside time to look to a rugged cross; an empty tomb, and the written account of the most miraculous event in history. In our churches we’ll have cantadas, passion plays, musical worship services all pointing to this event so powerful, it literally changed how we mark time.
BC, or before Christ and Anno Domini – in the year of our Lord, are the markings left by the resurrected Christ. That one single event so changed this world – forever.
Growing up, I knew ‘about’ Him, but never ‘knew’ Him. I found that God placed in each of us a desire to seek Him. But when I found that I can actually know Him, and converse with Him… I am humbled to think that the Creator of the universe would ever want to be with me; talk to me and walk with me through this life.
As the two walked on the road to Emmaus, I think that they were shell-shocked, discouraged and despondent. Hearing Christ speak, watching the miracles, believing He was the Chosen One to deliver Israel must have been quite a turn of events to see Him taken and crucified. But on that road that day, they were met by the risen Savior who hid His identity from them.
As they walked, He led their conversation to talk of Himself. But when He opened their minds to the scriptures of all that spoke of Himself. As they sat down to eat and He broke bread with them, He then vanished from their sight before the full revelation of who He was set in.
They turned to one another and said,
Luke 24:32 “And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?”
They were walking away from Jerusalem. But, after they met Jesus, their plans changed – they had to tell someone!
Over two thousand years separate us from those events Yet, you and I have the distinct privilege of walking with Him and hearing Him as He speaks to us. We have opportunity every time we open the Word of God. We have opportunity every time a song speaks truth of His love, or a sermon is preached of His coming, His power, His sovereignty, His grace, mercy and forgiveness.
He is speaking, but are we listening? Jesus admonished the two as He walked with them:
“Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:…”
Slow of heart. Lacking faith. Allowing doubt to cloud truth. We have all been there. In that moment, though, what do you do?
From pulpits around the world, the same story will be told: “He is risen!” But are we really listening? That very truth ought to shake us to our core to know that every word Jesus Christ spoke will come to pass. It ought to cause us to seek His voice; to hear Him as He leads and guides us.
Many will hunt eggs and feast on a day that marks the most miraculous event – EVER! Yet, have we told anyone? Invited them to hear the same truth that set our soul free? Share with them the wonderful truth of the gospel given to us to share?
I testify to you today – I have heard His voice. We have had many a wonderful conversation. He IS real! And when He speaks, my heart melts to think that the God of Heaven would want to talk to me.
Today, of all days, do not just be stirred by the things that we have heard – be changed!