The name that I have chosen for this blog is “The Emmaus Road.” It comes from Luke 24:13-35. In this portion of scripture we read about two of Jesus’ disciples who are on their way to a town called Emmaus. As they are walking along, a man (Jesus, who they do not recognize) draws near to them and starts to open to them the scriptures – “And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” This is street preaching at its finest!
Later, after they reach their destination and are sharing a meal together, their eyes are opened and they recognize Jesus for who he is. The disciples remark to each other, “Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?”
I have often meditated on that verse, wondering what they meant by, “Did not our heart burn within us…” Was it that feeling you get when ignorance and superstition are burned away and replaced with truth and clarity of thought? Perhaps it was something familiar about the way that he taught them; the way that he spoke with authority and knowledge that made them burn deep inside with a fledgling recognition that would only be fully realized later.
If I could be transported to any place and time in history, I would like to be on that road to Emmaus; walking with Jesus as he taught from the scriptures; being a member of the original fellowship of the flaming heart! But truth be known, I HAVE felt that burning. Whenever I open Gods word and the Holy Spirit beams the light of Gods truth into the dark recesses of my depraved heart, I feel the same burn of illumination that the disciples felt on that day…on that road…with that man. Truth be known, we have a much greater advantage than those two disciples had. We have the completed cannon of scripture, and we have the Holy Spirit to take that scripture and guide us into all truth.
So today, why not take your own journey to Emmaus? Open Gods word and feel the burn.
Soli Deo Gloria