"...what kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?" Luke 24:17.
Have you ever felt any kind of burning in the heart when anybody talked to you when you were feeling down? And how did you feel when some one comes along on his own to encourage and uplift you when you lost all hope in life? How does it feel, when you regain all your lost hope and feel your joy restored and soul refreshed?
Here is a true story of two real people walking back to their home about 7 miles away from the city after they felt all hopes were lost for which they were in the city for a long time (Luke 24:13-35). Then, comes an unknown traveller and joins their conversation with an interesting question. Their conversation itself showed the stranger their hopeless condition and their faces displayed sadness. He enquired why they were so sad while discussing something that happened a few days ago in the city? Then they explained to him the events with more hopelessness. The stranger walking with them, began to explain and open the Scriptures to them. Finally, when he went in to stay with them for the night, he blessed the bread and broke it. Suddenly their eyes were opened and they saw that the stranger was none else but the Lord Jesus who was crucified a few days ago. Then they realised and recollected their experience that all along the way, when He was talking to them, their hearts were burning. Immediately they walked back 7 miles to Jerusalem to convey the news of hope and joy to the disciples. Now there was great joy among them all, as their hopes were restored. In this event, we learn some important truths. How the Risen Savior met their needs and tranformed them into hopeful witnesses:
1. They were Emotionally Depressed- He Comforted them by His Company: When the Lord came near to them, they were emotionally so depressed that their faces showed their hearts condition and the Lord lifted them up by His walking with them and engaging them in an enlightening conversation. Whenever we feel emotionally down and depressed, let the Lord speak to us and encourage us through His Word and in prayer. He is alive to walk with you in times of crises too.
2. They were intellectually Disorganised- He Enlightened their Understanding by Expounding Scriptures: They were slow of understanding and grasping all that the prophets have foretold in the OT concerning the Lord Jesus. So they were confused about what Messiah's work was. The Lord Jesus explained to them clearly concerning Himself from the Scriptures, to dispel their confusion and set truths in order. When we are not sure of certain truths about how God works, etc, we have the Lord to clarify them to us, so we can walk with Him in the light and obey His Word. Because He is alive, we can be blessed with His teachings of wisdom.
3. They were Spiritually Disillusioned- He Restored their Hopes by His Revelation: They thought the Messiah was going to deliver them and give them the Kingdom. Their hopes were misplaced. So they felt, their hopes were all dashed to pieces. They no longer wanted to stay back in Jerusalem and so were going back to their homes. Similarly, Peter also went back for fishing later and the rest of the disciples also followed him. All have lost their hopes and forgot all the great promises they received from the Messiah. Now suddenly, the Lord appeared and was restoring their lost hopes. By His revelation, He enlightened tneir spiritual darkness and restored them to the hope of glory.
In your spiritual disillusionment and confusion, the Lord will give the light of understanding by His revelation through His Word, because He is alive today. The resurrection of the Lord Jesus gives hope and brings new life to everyone who trusts in Him. This Hope of glory is yours too!
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