Scripture reading for October 29th: Luke 22-24
Our theme for our church fellowship for 2009 is found in today’s reading in the last chapter of Luke’s Gospel. It is the story of the two disciples who were walking on the road to Emmaus on Sunday afternoon after the resurrection of Jesus Christ earlier that same day. One was named Cleopas and the other disciple is not named. It is good for us to review this story and renew our commitment to find Jesus Christ in each passage of Scripture we read. We should encounter Christ in every verse and chapter of His holy word!
These two disciples were walking along discussing the events of the Passover week that had just finished. They were disciples of Jesus who were still reeling from their Master’s sudden crucifixion. And now, that morning, the women came and told them that Jesus was risen! (Luke 24:9-12) Peter went and found only the grave clothes lying there by themselves. All were perplexed and wondered what had happened. As they were walking and talking, Jesus joined them on the road and walked with them. They did not initially recognize Him, but He struck up a conversation.
They began to tell Him their experience of the past week as He asked them what had happened. They told Him the whole story about the crucifixion of Jesus and the empty tomb. Jesus then spoke clearly to them from the Law and the Prophets, showing them how the Messiah must suffer and die and enter His glory. I imagine it was an interesting Bible Study on that road that day and the time passed quickly. Suddenly, they were at their destination and they had hardly begun. They invited Jesus to stay and eat with them.
As they sat at the table, Jesus took the bread, and gave thanks, and broke it to give to them. As soon as He did this simple act of fellowship around the table, their eyes were opened and they beheld Him! He then disappeared from their sight! They recognized how their hearts had burned when Jesus had opened the Scriptures and talked with them. (Luke 24:30-32)
This story is heart-warming for us even today! What a gracious Savior we have who would care so dearly for His followers! As we read the Scriptures, we now have the Holy Spirit living in us who will take these words and unveil them in our hearts! (John 16:13-16) He sets our hearts on fire for Him daily! Each time we partake of the “Lord’s Supper”, we have Him revealed to us afresh and in a new way! (Luke 22:17-19) We are so blessed to know Him and enjoy His heart-warming love!