And they approached the village where they were going, and He acted as though He were going farther. But they urged Him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is getting toward evening, and the day is now nearly over.” So He went in to stay with them. When He had reclined at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed it, and breaking it, He began giving it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight. They said to one another, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?”
– Luke 24:28-32
This is the conclusion to the resurrection appearance we read about yesterday, which ended with Jesus saying:
…”O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.”
– Luke 24:25-27
Even though the disciples did not know it was Jesus speaking to them at the time, they could say of the experience:
…”Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?”
– Luke 24:32
When the Scriptures open up to us, it is indeed a heartfelt experience.
This story continues but we covered the remaining portion two or three weeks ago.
The forty days of appearances to His disciples was to strengthen them for the testimony they would give their Jewish brethren – and then the whole world – that Jesus had indeed risen from the dead with a body designed for heaven. Thus Jesus could go unrecognized one minute, the next be recognized by the way He gave thanks for food, and the minute after that vanish!
The prophets prophesied of Messiah for centuries; the apostles actually witnessed what the prophets had prophesied. Thus the two testaments are the proof of the faithfulness of God to keep His promises and the faithfulness of the Creator to heal His sick creation.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord Jesus, thank You for making humanity in Your image, and for making us, above all creatures, able to appreciate Your character as well as Your power…(this is where you remain quiet to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)