A travel on the London Underground is usually a quiet experience. Everyone is so self-contained; some are busy reading the Metro, a magazine or a novel; others are glued to their iPhones, iPads, Kindles and other tablets; a few, especially the young and young at heart, might have their ear pieces stuck on, moving their heads in tune;the rest just look distinctively away from you, at least when you’re not looking their way. Maintaining eye contact can be intruding while a “Hi there” is most unexpected.
This would not hold true, however, if you have company. In that case, verbal and non-verbal communication would likely occur. These exchanges would also indicate the kind of relationship between the travelers – colleagues or a couple, friends or family. It’s quite unnatural to go along with someone without holding a conversation with them.
It’s the same in our walk with Jesus. As He walks with us, He talks to us and we talk with Him. He talks to us through the written word, bringing it alive so that we can understand it and apply it to our lives. This was the experience of the two disciples that traveled to Emmaus after the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord. They were in confusion about the whole situation – the unjust and unexpected arrest, trial, suffering, death and burial of their Lord, whom they thought was the Saviour, as well as the claim that He was risen from death. He appeared to them like a fellow traveler. They spoke together and He enlightened them from the Word of God how it was essential for Christ to suffer, die and resurrect. He turned logos, the written word, into Rhema, the active word. The experience was awesome and life changing for them.Luke 24:13-34
Verses 14-16 show Jesus walking with these two disciples:
As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. But God kept them from recognizing him.
Verse 32 shows that Jesus not only walked with them, He talked with them meaningfully; He spoke with them in a way that brought to them the correct interpretation and application of the scriptures:
They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?
Walking and talking with Jesus makes our Christian life and journey meaningful and exciting. He brings life and light our way; He opens up our hearts to understand spiritual things. 1 Corinthians 2:13-14, John 8:12
These two disciples had such an encounter with the Lord that even when He acted as though He was going on His way, they pleaded with Him to stay with them. What a fellowship, what a joy divine to have the Lord walk and talk with us! Luke 24: 28-29. Jacob had a similar experience in Genesis 32:24-30
Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, talks with us primarily through His Word, the Bible. The more we allow Him to talk to us, the more we get to know Him, His word and His will. Colossians 3:16, Joshua 1:8, Matthew 4:4, James 1:22 We need to read it, hear it, memorize it, study it, sing it, share it, act it and live it out.
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