Grace For The Journey
Jeremiah 29:8 – “Then I said, ‘I will not make mention of Him, nor speak anymore in His name.’ But His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, and I could not.”
The Bible records in Luke 24:14-17 that the hearts of the disciples had been broken three days earlier. What they had believed in and hoped for died a slow, agonized death, nailed to a cross in the middle of Golgotha’s Hill.
That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking with each other about all the things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus drew near and began to walk with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing Him. And Jesus asked them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they just stood there, looking sad.
In the above we find two dejected disciples trudging along the road to Emmaus, two men who were about to have the encounter of their lives with the living and resurrected Lord. Prevented by Providence from recognizing Jesus, they began to tell their unidentified companion everything about their hope in the one called Jesus of Nazareth, whom they wanted so desperately to be the promised One to redeem Israel. But their hope were dashed when Jesus died upon the cross.
But as they walked with Him, He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into His glory? And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. They drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went tin to stay with them. When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”
From broken hearts to “burning hearts” –
That is the change that encountering Jesus produces,
Regardless of our current circumstances.
I don’t know where this finds you, but I do know Jesus wants to have an encounter with you . . . today and every day. Our Master is always on the lookout for opportunities to minister and work, even when we are not looking for Him . . .
- He sought out the women at the well.
- He sought out a tax collector in a tree.
- He sought out a dead friend.
- He sought out a denying Peter.
- He sought out a doubting Thomas.
- He sought out two melancholy men on the road to Emmaus.
- He sought out a Pharisee on the road to Damascus.
And He is seeking you out today.
Perhaps He is speaking to you today for the very first time – or at least the first time you’ve heard the call. By His Spirit He is drawing you to Himself to cover you in His redeeming blood and to forgive your every sin. Oh, your sin may be great, but Jesus, Who wants to be your Savior, is far greater; and He is able to save to the uttermost.
You simply cannot sin yourself beyond His reach.
As someone has said, “God’s willingness to clean things up is infinitely bigger than our willingness to mess things up.”
Could it be that today – today – salvation has come to you? Are you hearing Jesus’ invitation to become a member of His family of faith for the very first time? Take a walk through the Romans Road to get a crystal clear picture of that so-great salvation . . . It describes . . .
Our Problem –
Romans 3:23, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Romans 6:23a, “The wages of sin is death . . .”
God’s Solution –
Romans 6:23b, “But the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 5:8, “God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 10:9-10, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”
If you have walked this road for the very first time today and placed your trust in Jesus as your Savior, please let another Christian know. Please let me know! I would love to tell you how you can grow this relationship with Christ into something fruitful and powerful.
Perhaps you already have a personal relationship with Jesus, but today you do not sense this “holy heartburn.” Come back to Jesus … Look unto Him … Let Him help you recover your first love for Him! Let Jesus remind you of the love and grace of the gospel once again … that His way is unmatchable … that His patience is unwavering … that His forgiveness is unlimited, and … that His love is unconditional. And it is all this just for you! You are the object of His heart’s desire. You have the opportunity to experience anew His power, enjoy even more of His peace, and explain His purpose to everyone you know and meet.
Let this truth minister to you and encourage you today and every day.
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”