Reflections - 20 April 2014
Emmaus Road Encounter
said to one another, â€śDid not our heart burn within us while He talked with us
on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us? (Luke 24:32, NKJV)
On the first
Easter Sunday, two disillusioned and confused disciples were on an emotional
escape trip from Jerusalem to Emmaus. They had a fresh encounter with Jesus.
Their hearts â€śburnâ€¦â€ť with a fresh
revelation and renewed purpose. They returned with a rekindled hope to
Jerusalem â€“ the place of their original calling.
Many had an
Emmaus Road experience but missed the encounter. In Pilateâ€™s case, instead of
embracing the Truth who was standing beside him, he merely asked â€śWhat is truth?â€ť and â€śwent out again to the peopleâ€¦â€ť (John 18:38, TLB). Why did he miss it?
Was it due to a political spirit of manipulation, expediency and compromise?
Even after the open-heaven-and-ladder-experience, Jacob â€ścontinued on his journeyâ€ť as if nothing supernatural had happened.
(Gen. 28: 12-29). Was it casual
Nathaniel in response to Jesusâ€™ supernatural display of a word of knowledge,
was transformed from a sceptic to an apologist :â€ťRabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.â€ť In this encounter, Jesus gave him the
revelation to access the portals of heaven through Him as the ladder connecting
heaven and earth and â€śsee greater thingsâ€¦â€ť
(John 1:49-51, NIV). What area of your life do you need and expect Jesus to
show up? How can you prepare for this encounter?
Anything God has ever
done, he can do now. Anything God has ever done anywhere, he can do here.
Anything God has ever done for anyone, he can do for you. (A.W. Tozer)