|Today’s Scripture: And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. Luke 24:30-31|
|As Jesus walked with the men on the road to Emmaus, I’m sure He shared many proofs for the necessity and prediction of His death. When the two disciples arrived at their village, they urged Jesus to stay with them because it was growing dark. When they sat down to eat, Jesus took the bread and blessed it. As He broke the bread and handed it to them, they finally realized who He was.
After traveling with Him for several miles, listening to Him expound the Scriptures so clearly and with such understanding that their hearts burned within them, they only realized it was Christ when he thanked God for the bread and gave to them. Even with all the incredible illustrations, prophecies, and interpretations of Scripture that Christ taught them regarding the Messiah, it still didn’t register that this man they talked with was the Lord. But, in the privacy of their own house, they saw something that made it all click. They finally put the pieces together, and they recognized Him as the one who had died and rose again.
There is something important to be learned here. No matter how great the teacher, how willing the recipient, or how much is learned, we need more than just great teaching from a pulpit. We need to allow the Word of God to come into our homes. We need to spend time fellowshipping with the Lord each day. It is there where we will see Him in our lives most clearly. We need to allow the Holy Spirit to guide us and teach us in our study of God’s Word.
That’s not to say that going to church is unimportant. We need a local church in order to have an effective ministry. We need a place for our encouragement and teaching, as well as outreaches to reach the lost of our communities. We are told to “consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)
God’s Word is readily available today, so make an effort to take advantage of it. Many people have been persecuted because they wanted a Bible in the language of the people. Determine that you will spend time daily in fellowship with the Lord. Allow Christ in your home, and you will see things you have never understood before.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.