Tuesday, March 29, 2016

How About a Life-Changing Walk With Jesus?

I saw bunnies still scampering about yesterday, but these ones weren't leaving Easter eggs. The Easter baskets have been put back into storage until next year, but the crux of the whole matter of Easter celebrations is still burning in our hearts. We are still in awe of this most essential, absolute reason for our faith. Our Lord LIVES!

Remember the disciples who were returning home to Emmaus from Jerusalem after the crucifixion and the "supposed" resurrection of the Lord (Luke 24:13-35)? The women reported that angels at the empty tomb told them He was alive. But they thought those women were "seeing things". The reports of the empty tomb confused them, but that Easter Sunday afternoon, Jesus met up with them. He encouraged them and explained to them the message of the resurrection, and reminded them of His promises to them, but they didn't recognize Him until He went home with them and broke bread, blessed it and gave it to them. They had seen Jesus do this when he fed the five thousand and the four thousand and in the Upper Room. Their eyes opened and they recognized Him. Then He disappeared.

It was then that 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?”

Their hearts burned within them when He shared scriptures with them. And that is my prayer, too. That my heart would burn within me at the reality of His unfailing Word and that I would be stirred by His presence in my life daily. Don't you love it when you've read or heard a scripture many times, but then all of a sudden we read it or hear it explained again, but this time it's like a light comes on and we finally "get it" -- just like those disciples realized it was Jesus in their midst. Suddenly God is revealing that scripture to us in a new way and it's His perfect timing for "His Word to be a lamp to our feet and a light to our pathway."

Perhaps, if we continue in this magnificent truth of our Risen Lord on a daily basis, our hearts will continue to burn with faith, His love will flow from us to others who need an encounter with Him, and we just may be His hands extended to them. We are those disciples on the road to Emmaus, living our lives in the real world, walking along with Jesus who is always there accompanying us on the road, whether we recognize Him or not. He listens to us, and understands us, because He became like us. He gets us. Are you confused, hurting, perplexed or need advice and wise counsel today? Maybe it's time to go for a life-changing "Walk With Jesus" today.