Reading: Luke 24: 22-27
Verse 27: … He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
Jesus has just been present to these two followers as they expressed their emotions concerning what has taken place over the last few days. In today’s section, a still ‘hidden’ Jesus gives these two a great study that arches through and over the scriptures that make up our Old Testament and brings them right to the current moment. Jesus begins this great teaching with what is almost an admonishing: “How foolish you are and how slow of heart”. Just as He was often with the disciples, so too is He with these two: saddened with their lack of understanding and insight. Jesus spent three years teaching and being with the disciples and His followers and…
Jesus does not linger long here though. He jumps right into the Scriptures and “beginning with Moses and all the prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself”. As they walked along the remainder of the seven mile journey to Emmaus, Jesus unpacks the Scriptures for them and connects all the Law and prophets to the Messiah, to himself. It had to be amazing to experience how the whole Bible connects both to the Messiah and to itself. It must have been wonderful to see how all of those individual books were part of one large story. These two must have been astounded at this stranger’s teaching ability and knowledge.
And just think – all of this is available to you and I as well. We have the Scriptures available to us – probably several copies. It sits on the table or on our desk or on the nightstand. We carry it with us and have instant access to it via our cell phones. There are a ba-zillion reading plans, commentaries, studies, … out there to help us navigate through and to understand the Word of God. When we regularly make the time to spend with the Word and when we invest in meditating on the Word, then we will be like these two walking along the road: we will encounter the risen Christ. He is alive. When we spend time with the Word of God, we encounter the risen Jesus there. Be in the Word. Encounter Jesus.