Week Five - Day One
Truth to be Treasured
Luke 24:17-32 - And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him.
But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of an- gels, who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should su er these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”
As these two disciples set out for Emmaus, trying to make sense of Jesus’ death, they had no idea that God himself was going to meet them along the way. Jesus joins their conversation and does something interesting: he explains how all the prophecies of Moses and the Prophets were fulfilled through the death and resur- rection of Jesus. Why didn’t Jesus simply reveal himself to prove that he had risen and to convince them that he was the Messiah? Why did he go to the Scriptures to show them the truth?
These Hebrew men had grown up learning and believing the Old Testament writings; they believed wholeheartedly that God had spoken through Moses and the prophets. These Old Testament writings gave the disciples revelation of who God was and how they were to respond to God. These men truly believed the prophecies which stated that one day a new king would arrive from the line of David (2 Samuel 7). The Scriptures of the Old Testament were the revelations of God in writ- ten form, while Jesus was the revelation of God in human form. John 1 explains how the “word” of God “became flesh” (vv. 1-18).
Jesus knew that seeing the glory of God does not cause someone to believe; how- ever, in John 11, Jesus explained that believing allows us to see the glory of God. These verses share the story of Jesus raising his friend, Lazarus, from the dead. When Lazarus’ sister, Martha, hesitated to open her dead brother’s grave, Jesus responded, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” Even among those who personally witnessed Jesus raising a man from the dead, there were some who doubted (John 11:46).
So, how does one believe? Paul writes that “faith comes from hearing, and hear- ing through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). We can see that God has written a beautiful story through Moses, the prophets and the apostles that allows our hearts to come alive to his truth!
Although the two men walking from Jerusalem didn’t initially realize their companion was Jesus, their hearts still responded to his revelation about himself. This confirmation in their hearts was evidence of the Holy Spirit’s work. As we recognize the revelation of God within his word, God confirms its truth within our hearts. He begins to give us a hunger and a thirst for his word; a longing to know him more that only he can satisfy (John 4:14). As Psalm 119:103 describes, “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
- This past week how did your heart respond to God's word?
- Is his word sweet to taste or more like a chore?
- Where do you need Jesus to reveal truth in your life? If you don't know, go to him in prayer and ask him to show you.
- Spend some time in prayer asking God to give you a hunger for his word. Record your responses and share with someone in your Discipleship Group or family.