Explore the Bible
April 8, 2012
Lee Turner,Sunday school teacher
Watson Chapel Baptist, Pine Bluff
Luke 24:15, 18-27, 30-35
The road from Emmaus to Jerusalem was about a seven-mile walk. As Cleophas and his companion walked and talked about reports of the resurrection of Jesus, a Stranger overtook them (Luke 24:15). The lives of these two men would be forever changed as the Resurrection and the Life became personal Truth to them.
The Stranger listened in silence and then asked what turned out to be a rhetorical question: What things are you talking about (Luke 24:17)?
They responded by going back over their experience. They had hoped that Jesus of Nazareth would turn out to be the Redeemer, but instead, He had been condemned to death and crucified. And not only that, but that day was the third day since the Crucifixion, and there had been reports of His resurrection and an empty tomb remained with no clues to where the body could have been taken.
The facts of the Resurrection seem totally illogical to the world; the unbelieving man hears the words and knows their meaning, but they are of no consequence to him.
When a man is drawn by God and considers as fact the events of the Resurrection, he comes face to face with his own mortality. For a moment, he peers over the edge of eternity and is presented with the hope that a man can live even if he dies. In an evangelistic encounter, the Holy Spirit whispers to the heart of man of the sufferings of Christ, and he suddenly sees his sin as God sees it.
At the end of a long journey, the Savior broke the Bread of Life with two travelers, and their eyes were opened (Luke 24:30-35).
Where is Jesus today? He is at the right hand of God in a physical resurrection body in a physical location, which we call “heaven.” The Holy Spirit is the very personality of Jesus Christ, and He still opens the eyes of believers today. Do not our hearts burn within us when we recognize His voice in the preaching or the teaching when He opens the Scriptures to us?