The notes this week have been provided by Dave.
Today’s passage is Jesus’ response to yesterday’s – if you haven’t had a chance to look at that yet then it’s well worth taking the extra five minutes today. Anyway, once you’re done with that then read our new passage here.
Jesus is the ultimate authority on life – I mean he’s literally God and his words are therefore by definition “the word of the Lord” but what does he do when he wants to make a theological point? He goes to the scriptures (what we call the old testament)! This isn’t the first time he’s done that either, remember his temptations in the desert? 3 times he was tempted and 3 times he responded with passages from Deuteronomy. What do we fall back on when we are discussing Christ? The great news is that we can follow Jesus’ example and fall back on the bible. We have the ultimate authority in our houses (or pockets in some cases) – I would say that we have a requirement to read it too! As Peter puts it in 1 Peter 3:15,
“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”
Jesus sure did!
The second challenge I have from these verses is from their response. Emmaus was 7 miles over hilly country from Jerusalem, in fact Google reckons it would take 4 hours to walk the distance today. Nevertheless, when the disciples finally twig to who Jesus actually is they don’t hesitate for a second. Their first thought is to tell others about the good news! They had just eaten, were probably getting nicely settled in for the evening; in fact, Jesus hadn’t even told them specifically that they should tell anyone else the news. Surely they could just put their feet up and enjoy the evening! Nope, up they get and off they rush to tell the apostles what they’ve seen. What a great response and something we can really learn from, lets not be afraid to share with other Christians when we learn something new about Jesus!
Have you noticed what it is about Jesus that made them notice him? Remember that they considered him to be a great prophet – did they recognise him through his teaching though? No, they recognised him when he broke the bread. So what does that symbolise? The breaking of the bread symbolises the breaking of Jesus’ body on the cross. This is what makes Jesus special and someone we can put our trust in; his sacrifice for us on Calvary!
“Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees,
that I may follow it to the end.
Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law
and obey it with all my heart.
Direct me in the path of your commands,
for there I find delight.
Turn my heart toward your statutes
and not toward selfish gain.
Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
preserve my life according to your word.” (Psalm 119: 33-37)