21 Apr Walk By Faith
Read: Luke 24:13-35
Last Sunday Pastor Ken preached the message, “God’s Unlikely Plan of Redemption Is Accomplished by His Power,” from Luke 23:50-24:12. This Sunday he will continue in Luke 24:13-25, where we will consider the account of Jesus and the disciples on the road to Emmaus. As you prepare your heart for our corporate gathering, let these words from Jon Bloom encourage you to walk by faith.
Why do you suppose these two men were “kept from recognizing” Jesus for hours (v. 16)? The clue, I think, is in verse 25. Jesus called them “foolish” and “slow of heart to believe” the Scriptures. Their outward inability to recognize Jesus mirrored their inward unbelief of what the Scriptures revealed about him.
Now, Jesus fully intended to help them see. But notice the priority of Jesus’ revelation: before he opened their physical eyes, he purposed to open their heart-eyes.
Why? Because it was of utmost importance that they “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).
Jesus knew that between his resurrection and the full establishment of his kingdom would be the church age. His ascension was nearing. That meant these two men, all the other witnesses of the resurrection, and every generation of believers to come would not have his bodily presence for proof or guidance. They would have to rely on his “living and active” (Hebrews 4:12) Word to “light [their] path” (Psalm 119:105). Post-ascension, Jesus would be seen through the inerrant testimony recorded in the Scriptures and the imperfect testimony of followers whose heart-eyes were opened.
One last observation. When God ordains things to happen contrary to our expectations (like Cleopas not expecting Jesus to die), those are times when we are tempted to doubt his word—lose faith—and as a result lose sight of him. But not being able to see him doesn’t mean that he isn’t there walking with us. We may not recognize him. Those are not the times to neglect the Word. Rather, those are the times to spend hours looking. That is where you will begin to recover your sight.
Excerpt from “The Eyes Jesus Opened First,” by Jon Bloom
Song List for Sunday
1. “Alive In Us,” by Hillsong Live
2. “This I Believe,” Arr. by Shane and Shane
3. “All I Have Is Christ,” by Sovereign Grace Music
4.“Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me),” by Casting Crowns
5. “Hallelujah What A Savior,” by Breakaway Ministries