Google+ 04/07/13 Eat and Listen...It is Not Your Stomach Growling!

Luke 24:25-27

 

Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people!

You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures.

Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things

Before entering his glory?” 

Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets,

Explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.   

 

Only in the Gospel of Luke is the Emmaus Road incident reported.  It is a priceless story about two people that travel to a village called Emmaus, which is about seven miles from Jerusalem.  During their time making this journey, they are discussing the Mary and Mary story and the resurrection of Jesus which they have overheard.  They are also discussing Jesus's pain and suffering and Peter's testimony that the tomb was empty when he visited it.  While all this was occurring, Jesus shows up.  In this case, like many instances in the Bible, Jesus is not at first recognized by our travelers.  Jesus relates our Scripture to them with the first two verses being spoken directly by Jesus.  Basically, Jesus explains that if we had read the law and prophets, we would have known that all that has happened was predicted.  All this was written clearly in Scripture, and according to Jesus, from the time of Moses.  After Jesus finishes telling this story, He prepares to leave them.  They ask Him to abide with them for a longer period of time, even though they still don't recognize Him.  Jesus obliges and stays with them.  They share a meal and, as the meal is coming to its conclusion, Jesus takes bread, blesses it, breaks it, and gives it to each of them.  Their eyes were opened and they recognized this new "friend" as their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  As quickly as He appeared to them, He vanished.  They continued to talk about His ministry and the stories He had shared.  Be open and alert to meet Jesus on your way to "Emmaus."  Listen for His voice.  Hear His stories and recognize His presence.  Today, He will probably not make a personal, physical appearance.  He will speak to you through a friend, a minister, the Scripture, or through the Holy Spirit.  Don't miss His voice.  Realize why we call meals, "breaking bread" with friends.  It is through the breaking of bread that we most often hear and see Jesus.  So, eat and listen.  It is not your stomach growling!  It may very well be the voice of God telling you who He is, and that we should not fear, but rejoice in His presence!!!