Connecting the Dots
Luke 24: 13-32
13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.
17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”
They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
19 “What things?” he asked.
“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”
25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.
30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
On the Sundays of October 23rd and 30th I am reading Jonathan Edwards famous sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”.
One of the main reasons for this is to demonstrate the power of the Word of God. It stirs me to hear the sermon and when I read it stirs me again. Even when I read it monotone like Jonathan Edwards… the message is so powerful and so strong and the scripture is so prevalent that you have no choice but be moved to act.
When we are searching the hardest for the difficult answers that come into our lives it can feel that we are in an endless connect the dot game.
When we read something and still aren’t really sure of what we’ve read we feel a little empty having not found what we were looking for. Then, seemingly out of nowhere that still small voice in our hearts speaks…after all the noise and the distractions of our lives have quieted down and there is only what the Spirit wants us to hear…we see the answer was therein that scripture the entire time.
I was telling Bink last week about trying to put a fan back together after taking the back off. He said ….buy a new one! I agreed with him. But I left it overnight on the sunporch and when I woke up after a night’s sleep I found myself ready and determined to put this thing back together.
I got it to basically the same place where it was the night before when I gave up. I thought to myself…what I need is a hammer! But instead I applied pressure (smacked) it and I heard POP! ….and low and behold it was back on in perfect position.
I am sure if I did that again it would have broken, fortunately for me it didn’t. What took an hour the night before took less than 2 minutes in the morning.
I could see things better and think more clearly.
In order to connect the dots in our lives in order to see what Jesus wants us to do and how He wants us to live we must spend time with Him.
The 2 men on the road to Emmaus were so enthralled by the teaching and the scripture …(burning) is the word they used to describe it that when Jesus finally revealed Himself the message was so engrained within them that they didn’t forget it.
Jesus taught them that the Word is “God-Breathed” and alive and powered by the Holy Spirit.
We are not walking around with access to a mere book of words but a living breathing document that within its context contains the words to eternal life.
The more we study a picture the clearer it becomes so that as often as we look at it we see even more.
If you get the chance…stop in my office and look at the picture I have on the tri-pod. You can look at it every day for a month and see something new and powerful.
That is the Word of God. A daily, powerful, regenerative tool designed to help us not only survive but flourish in a hostile world.