Posted by: springsinthedesert | December 23, 2010

Christian Walk

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he  disappeared from their sight.They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

         Luke 24:30-32

How often do we long to see a miracle happening in our lives. something that makes us excited in our Christian walk. A vision from heaven or a voice of God…Something which will boost our spiritual senses. We all had experienced that miracle-awed moment at least once in our lives. But as we grow in Jesus Christ, there might be times where you may not experience such signs and wonders or the revelations of His glory. That is because God does not want us to be always, ‘feeling’ oriented Christians. He wants us to walk with Him, not because of the miracles He does for us or even the signs and wonders He shows us to establish a steadfast faith, but because we love Him for who He is. As we mature, He wants our faith to be based on the word of God and not only on supernatural manifestations.

In a way, Jesus was establishing this faith in the hearts of the disciples while He walked with them on their way to Emmaus. To understand the context more clearly, please read Luke 24:13-35. We read there that two men were going to Emmaus, 7 miles from Jerusalem. They have witnessed Jesus’ crucifixion and everything that happened in Jerusalem. While, Cleopas and the other man walked to Emmaus, they reasoned about everything that happened in the last few days. The tragedy that turned their hope to hopelessness.

They could not take in the emptiness that they felt after their master was crucified. Lot of questions raged in their mind..How did this happen? why and what next? Lot of questions with no answers. They were discouraged about everything. On their way back, they must have thought about all the wonderful times they had with Jesus. Its my imagination…They must have talked about the first time they met Him, the miracles He did. They must have been there when Jesus healed the sick, fed the five thousand and raised the dead. But at this time of that night to Emmaus, they were alone. They do not feel His presence or experience His glory…No miracles…no crowd…nothing to encourage their desperate souls. Jesus knowing their heart walked with them. But the truth is that He did not reveal to them who He is. Have you ever thought why Jesus did not do that? He knew that they were heartbroken and miserable, worried about their current circumstance in which they are in..without a master.Even then, He did not show them his resurrected body, nor any miracles to prove that He is Jesus. Why do you think He will do that?

Jesus walked with them acting like a stranger, talking to them, as though He did not know anything about what happened. Without any signs or miracles, He talked to them quietly about things which they already knew. He reminded them what the prophets talked about Jesus and His death. He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.  It would have been easy for him to just say..”ITs me”. But He revealed to them the truths from the word of God. He knew well that, only the word of God can reconstruct their damaged faith. Jesus wanted faith based on truths and not on miracles. And that has to be the foundation of our Christian faith.

We see that they did not realize Jesus until they invited Him to their house.We even read that their hearts were burning within, while Jesus talked to them. My dear child of God , this is exactly what God does to us in that walk to Emmaus. We are often discouraged and troubled by the circumstances we are in. We are overwhelmed by lot of unanswered questions. We long for the presence of God, for His touch, for any kind of sign or miracle to boost our faith. Something to arouse our spiritual senses. Don’t you ever think that God has stopped talking to you. It is not that God’s presence is not with you. Jesus is walking with you, talking to you. He has given you the word of God and He loves to encourage you from the truths that He has taught you so far. Yeah..He is watching you grow…to trust Him even without all that signs and wonders. Because you are called for that purpose to tell the world that Christ is risen. For that, He expects you to have a faith that is based on the Word and that is the reason why He gives the revelations from the Word through the Holy Sprit. You know for sure that Jesus is walking with you when your heart burns within, while you read the word of God or when tears appear on the corner of your eyes hearing a sermon. Always cherish and long for that faith that is based on the truths of the word of God. Trust me….You are not alone in that walk…He is walking by your side.

Prayers,

Rani John

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Responses

  1. I was glad to read this devotion Rani because the LORD brought this to me several days ago. I have been asking Him to show me anything in my life that is an idol or standing in the way of my hungering or thirsting for Him alone. He has showed me some ways I need to draw closer to Him, and He also brought Luke 24:3-32 to me clearly! He told me HE is hear, but my Spiritual senses are so dull because I am not spending that time in the Closest with Him! That I need to focus on the Reality of HIM in my heart, mind, soul and with all my strength. Don’t know if I’m putting this clearly, but these were the 3 verses He used to speak to me! Not by re-reading them, but by bringing them to my mind and heart!

  2. God bless you, Rani, and your walk with Jesus that you share with us! I loved this and it really helps explain some of those times when I just don’t “feel” Him. 🙂 Wishing you and yours a beautiful Christmas! love, deb


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