An After Easter Devotion

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(Luke 24:30-31 KJV) And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. {31} And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.

For most of us the festivities of the Easter Holiday are now behind us. Many of us go back to work today. Students will return to school this week. All the eggs have been colored, hidden and hopefully found by now. As the pretty clothes go back in the closet and the Easter baskets go back on the shelf I sincerely pray that the hope and joy of Easter are not “stored” away with them.

Luke 24:13-53 tells of two men traveling to Emmaus. They knew many of the details of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. They were able to recount the events of the past few days quite eloquently to their traveling companion. Despite being aware of the all the details of the greatest event in human history they were still unable to recognize their Savior when He entered into their presence. Luke 24:10 states:

(Luke 24:16 KJV) But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.

This verse rendered in more modern English would read something like, “But they didn’t know who he was, because God kept them from recognizing him.” Why would God restrain us from recognizing and enjoying our Savior? I believe the scripture will explain that for itself.

Further in Luke 24 the Bible tells us this:

(Luke 24:27 KJV) And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

Jesus was a masterful preacher and teacher. Listening to Jesus in person would have been a tremendous blessing and a wonderful experience. But even after Jesus explained all the scripture concerning Himself they still were not able to recognize Him. If a wonderful church service and a rousing sermon cannot secure us a firm grasp of our Savior and all His glory whatever could?

Luke answers our question a few verses later…

(Luke 24:30-31 KJV) And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. {31} And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.

Fellowship with Christ is the answer. Enjoying his company, spending relaxed quality time with Christ, this is how we can grasp the full joy and beauty of what Jesus accomplished during the Easter season. If we are not able to spend unhurried, quality time with our Savior we also might be unable to enjoy Him, His beauty, and His unmatched glory while He walks along side us on life’s journey.

If you are a true believera born-again Christian, Jesus walks with you daily. As Paul tells us in Romans chapter 8 nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. Despite Christ’s unending love for us, our failure to spend time in sweet fellowship with Him can steal away the joy He longs to bring into our lives!

Slow down and take a little time to concentrate on Jesus as you journey to “Emmaus” or wherever life might take you.

Scott Sheriff

 

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