THURSDAY, JUNE 20
SCRIPTURE: Luke 24:1-35
By: Josh Boles
There are certain words in the Bible that should make you stop and think. Sometimes these are big words, or words that we don’t understand very well. Today, perhaps the single most important word in this chapter is the word, but. This is how our chapter starts off for today. Yesterday we were left with an innocent man suffering the wrath of sin for all mankind. BUT today the story changes drastically.
The word itself hold no value but what it accomplishes is of great value. A conjunction is used to connect clauses or sentences, or to coordinate words in the same clause. Another definition is, the action or an instance of two or more events or things occurring at the same time and space. Conjunctions are important to observe in the Bible, and this one might be the most important.
This conjunction joins the two realities we are facing together. Jesus has just been crucified, and is dead, BUT now he lives. We see this word again in verse 6 when the men who were at the tomb said to them, “He is not here, BUT has risen,” This is so significant because it means that Jesus is taking the reality and consequence of our sin, and completely changing it. Just consider a few other verses. Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, BUT the free gift of God is eternal life. Romand 5:8, “But God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were sinners, Christ died for us.”
Ephesians 2:4-5 says “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.” Jesus changes everything! We are deserving of death, BUT because of God’s great mercy we get grace! We are deserving of eternal damnation, BUT instead we receive eternal life.
These things that we are reading about set into motion God’s great plan of salvation that had been long awaited and eagerly expected. We see this unfold in verse 13-35. This is the first story of Jesus appearing before people, and is one of the longest stories in the Gospels. Being that this story is very long we will not cover every detail but there are a couple of observations that help us bring this story of redemption to life.
Jesus rebukes the people in verse 25 for not believing all of the scriptures. In saying this, Jesus is affirming that all of the Bible is about Him. Every book, chapter, verse, and word tells of His great love, and plan of redemption for us. Jesus is the fulfillment of all of the Old Testament prophecies. The Bible tells one story about the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
The second thing we see on the road to Emmaus is that our faith is not rooted in personal experiences alone, but should be rooted in the scripture. This might be the reason Jesus blinded them, and the reason he rebuked them. We do not live by sight, but we live by faith. Jesus will tell his disciples later, who all wanted to see the holes in his hand for proof, to stop doubting and believe.
Finally in verse 31 the Lord opens their eyes, and they recognize Jesus. This is so important because the disciples did not open their own eyes, but the Lord revealed Himself to them. Their eyes were opened and they recognized him. This is just proof that God draws us to Himself. There is nothing inside of us that is worthy of coming to the throne of the Father. By His grace alone, He draws us in and forgives our unbelief. Trust in the fact that Jesus is alive, and celebrate the reality of Jesus saving you from your sins.