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The Road to Emmaus

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The Road to Emmaus

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Allen Carter – Head of Development/ CBN Europe

What a day it had been. Jesus was alive! Early in the morning He appeared to Mary Magdalene, who mistakenly thought He was the gardener. The crucified Savior was no longer in a borrowed tomb; the stone had been rolled away.

With the rollercoaster events of the last few days spinning around, Cleopas and his companion travelled on the road to Emmaus. The journey was a familiar one, yet today was different. There was much to talk about with so many thoughts and emotions vying for their attention.

And yet,

As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing himLuke 24:15-16 (NIV)

I wonder how many times Jesus has invited Himself into our discussions as we carried on, unaware that He was near?

These two disciples were so engaged in their conversation that they failed to realize that it was Jesus who stood in their midst. Their eyes were kept from recognizing Him because He appeared unexpectedly and in unfamiliar circumstances. He conversed with them and asked questions, although He already knew the answers. They treated Him as a stranger and told of the events of the last few days.

As they journeyed, Jesus began to explain and interpret all the Scripture concerning Himself. But as they drew near the village, they urged Him, saying, “stay with us.”

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. Luke 24:30-31

When He vanished, their hearts began to burn with passion. Jesus, the Savior of the world, had been in their midst! They quickly hurried back to Jerusalem to tell the other disciples that Jesus had risen from the dead.

No longer did they need to fear.

The Gospel, the message of hope, was at last free to spread.

Peace at home, and prosperity abroad

By: Charles Spurgeon

“He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat. He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly.” Psalm 147:14-15

Suggested Further Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1

Suppose the pulpit in our land gives an uncertain sound. As a result God’s people begin to forsake the assembling of themselves together; no crowds gather to hear the Word; places begin to get empty; prayer-meetings become more and more deserted; the efforts of the Church may be still carried on, but they are merely a matter of routine; there is no life, no heart in it. I am supposing a case you see, a case which I trust we never may see. Things get worse and worse; the doctrines of the gospel become expunged and unknown; they that fear the Lord no more speak one to another. Still for a little time the money continues to be brought into the Society, and foreign missions are sustained. Can you not imagine in the next report, “We have had no converts this year; our income is still maintained; but notwithstanding that, our brethren feel that they are labouring under the greatest possible disadvantages; in fact, some of them wish to return home and renounce the work.” Another year—the missionary spirit has grown cold in the churches, its funds decrease. Another year, and yet another; it becomes a moot point among us as to whether missions are absolutely necessary or not. We have come at last to the more advanced point which some divines have already reached, and begin to question whether Mohammed and Confucius had not a revelation from God as well as Jesus Christ. And now we begin to say, “Is it needful that we should extend the gospel abroad at all? We have lost faith in it; we see it does nothing at home, shall we send that across the sea which is a drug on the market here, and distribute as a healing for the wounds of the daughters of Zidon and of Tyre that which has not healed the daughter of Jerusalem?”

For meditation: A healthy church is the light of the world; an unhealthy church will be as much use to the world as the seven churches of Revelation are today (Matthew 5:13-16).

Streams in the Desert – May 7

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He spoke a parable unto them… that men ought always to pray, and not to faint (Luke 18:1).

No temptation in the life of intercession is more common than this of failure to persevere. We begin to pray for a certain thing; we put up our petitions for a day, a week, a month; and then, receiving as yet no definite answer, straightway we faint, and cease altogether from prayer concerning it.

This is a deadly fault. It is simply the snare of many beginnings with no completions. It is ruinous in all spheres of life. The man who forms the habit of beginning without finishing has simply formed the habit of failure. The man who begins to pray about a thing and does not pray it through to a successful issue of answer has formed the same habit in prayer. To faint is to fail; then defeat begets disheartenment, and unfaith in the reality of prayer, which is fatal to all success.

But someone says, “How long shall we pray? Do we not come to a place where we may cease from our petitions and rest the matter in God’s hands?” There is but one answer. Pray until the thing you pray for has actually been granted, or until you have the assurance in your heart that it will be. Only at one of these two places dare we stay our importunity, for prayer is not only a calling upon God, but also a conflict with Satan. And inasmuch as God is using our intercession as a mighty factor of victory in that conflict, He alone, and not we, must decide when we dare cease from our petitioning. So we dare not stay our prayer until the answer itself has come, or until we receive the assurance that it will come.

In the first case we stop because we see. In the other, we stop because we believe, and the faith of our heart is just as sure as the sight of our eyes; for it is faith from, yes, the faith of God, within us.

More and more, as we live the prayer life, shall we come to experience and recognize this God-given assurance, and know when to rest quietly in it, or when to continue our petitioning until we receive it.
–The Practice of Prayer

Tarry at the promise till God meets you there. He always returns by way of His promises.