It was an encounter of the divine kind. They weren’t looking for it . . . they weren’t expecting it . . . for most of it, they weren’t even aware of it. They may have been part of the crowd that welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem just a few days earlier . . . hailing Him as the hope of Israel . . . filled with a sense of anticipation as to what might transpire this Passover celebration. But as the days passed, their hopes faded.
Jesus continued to confront the religious elite . . . the opposition continued to grow . . . and the one they had hoped would be redeemer, was utterly rejected. Delivered by the chief priests and rulers, Jesus was condemned to death and crucified. And though they had been told the tomb was empty and that He was alive, it was too much to grasp. . . just too hard to believe. So now, they were going home to Emmaus . . . just the two of them . . . talking about all that had happened.
While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing Him. (Luke 24:15-16 ESV)
Alone with their thoughts . . . then alone with the One they were thinking about. But they didn’t know it.
He walked with them. He talked with them. He even asked them what it was that was making them sad. And as they unloaded their hearts disillusionment and confusion concerning the events in Jerusalem, He illuminates the Scriptures to them.
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 suffer 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. (Luke 24:26-27 ESV)
What a Bible study that would have been! To be in the presence of the Word as the Word opened the word concerning Himself. From Genesis through the Prophets, revealing all the prophecies, all the shadows, all the signs pointing to the Christ. That He would suffer and then enter His glory. That, before wearing the crown, the King would first endure the cross.
And what was the impact of such revelation? Heartburn!
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?”
(Luke 24:31-32 ESV)
Their very souls were set on fire, consumed within a flame fueled by the God-breathed Scriptures, as God the Son revealed Himself to them through the word. O’ to have been there!
But wait, we can be. We have the same Scriptures. We have God the Spirit indwelling us . . . ready to lead us into all truth. We too can discover “in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” We too can experience heartburn!
By His grace . . . for His glory . . .