Days to Pentecost 09
“How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!" (v. 25)
In Jerusalem, the two disciples, saddened by the news that Jesus had been crucified and his body had been lost, are now on their way to the village of Emmaus. And Jesus, who has been resurrected, joins the conversation between the two on the road.
When Jesus heard their thoughts and stories about Jerusalem, he said, “Oh, how foolish men are… how come you believe the Bible so slowly?’ Then, Jesus explained all the passages about the Messiah throughout the Old Testament.
Wow, it’s the Old Testament Bible study time directly from Jesus! I’m so envious.
They, who received special tutoring, invited Jesus (maybe something moved them in their heart.),
and when they ate the bread that Jesus was giving out, their eyes brightened and found out that he was Jesus.
Then they immediately run to other disciples in Jerusalem and tells them that Jesus has been resurrected.
The road to Emmaus is like my life path.
Although the two were Jews who had been familiar with the Bible since childhood, and disciples who had been following Jesus, they understood Jesus as just a great prophet and expected him to be a king who would liberate their country. (v. 19-21)
Since I have believed in Jesus, I listened to a lot of sermons, learned the words, doubted and asked questions about the Bible countless times at first, but l got nothing spiritual because of my worldly and unchanging stubborn thoughts and eyes.
As this passage said, my eyes were blinded and nothing could be recognized.
“Their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him.” (v. 16)
I only prayed to God just for help whenever I met difficulties.
I had regarded God only as of the one I needed for my life or the one who had to help me.
However, I don’t know where the point is on the road, but there is a point where I began to cry because I could feel and realize God’s heart while reading the Bible.
The faith, salvation, resurrection, eternal life, and so on…All these things that have been heard for so long time were connected to God’s love for me, and it all certainly began to be believed and realized.
Since then, I have wanted to be the one that God needs, not the one who needs God for my life.
I felt that I was like two slow-believing disciples today, saying that I could see the Lord after so long time.
No matter how much I read the Bible, this makes me realize again today that my blinded eyes were due to my stubbornness and sin.
From the moment I acknowledge my stubbornness and sin, I believe that the Holy Spirit heat up my heart and brightens my eyes when I read the Bible.
"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?” (v. 32)
An interesting discovery today is that Jesus pointed out that their faith is slow.
“He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!” (v. 25)
The Lord, who has always pointed out to his disciples there was no faith or less faith, points to the speed of faith today.
Why did he do that? Maybe it’s because someday we will have to stop on our way.
Maybe it’s because we don’t have too much time to walk with my stubbornness, selfishness and worldly perspective.
As if two disciples who brightened their eyes and recognized Jesus, ran to deliver Resurrection of Messiah,
maybe it’s because it’s something we have to do diligently after we believe in the word.
I hope to be a daily life that I ask the Lord to open my eyes whenever I stand in front of the Word.
O Lord, I believe that it is only the Holy Spirit to open my eyes to see the Lord.
Please don’t let me walk this road blindly. It’s because there is no time, Lord. In Jesus' name, Amen.