"WALKING WITH JESUS"
"And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus…Jesus himself drew near, and went with them-Luke 24:13-15
Today our mind is focused on the distinct effort our Lord made to be with two lonely travelers on their way to Emmaus. Since He was, and is, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, He could have been anywhere He wanted to be. He could have been in Caesar's castle, on the Caribbean or just visiting with a few angels. But He chose to be with two confused travelers on their walk to Emmaus. Is not God's electing grace beautiful? He is sovereign in His choice. It is not based upon money, titles and position. He chooses those He loves, those in need and those who can never pay Him back. And many times His visits are unexpected!
As Jesus walked with them, He opened up the scriptures to them, "they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?"- Luke 24:32 Surely, this is how we know we have had an experience with Jesus. Our heart burns with us and He opens up the scriptures for poor, pitiful blind people who can not open them by themselves. It seems to me that when we are with some of the Lord's special people, we feel the same way. We look back on the experience and our heart burns to be with those people again. They, too, play their part in opening up the scriptures for us. Pastors, preachers, evangelists and friends all have a part in this ministry. John wrote, "We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren"- 1 John 3:14a. We love to be with those who love our Lord. We always look forward to another opportunity to be with them again. It seems to me that Satan has succeeded in dividing Christians. Many times we hide behind our manmade traditions and doctrines and separate ourselves from others who love and honor our Lord Jesus Christ. Let it not be so. Let us look for Christ in others and love them for Christ's sake. If He loves them, and takes the time to walk with them, should we not as well? This is always a good rule. Those that we see walking with Jesus, we will walk with as well. Perhaps something will be opened up unto us!
Thou we may not realize it, when we minister to others, we become like our Lord. Any thing that we can do for another, expecting nothing in return, is ministering. Just to walk with them, talk with them, listen to their troubles and cares is a step away from self towards another's needs. So it was on that special day with our Lord and His two travelers.
As our Lord departed from His friends at Emmaus, they knew they had been highly favored. They knew their Lord had walked with them that day. Today, I hope He walks with you!