I’ve thought about it a lot, how in that far-away starting point of humanity, where in the Garden of Eden as they took their cool evening walk, the Voice of God spoke with Adam and Eve. I’ve thought a lot about Walking with God.
Remember that account in Luke where just after the resurrection of Jesus, two of his disciples, one named Cleopas, walked toward the village of Emmaus. As they walked they discussed that spectacular occurrence; their beloved, crucified Jesus, after having been wrapped in grave clothes and laid away, had risen from the dead. The tomb had been found empty! But where was He? As the bewildered sad disciples trailed toward Emmaus, they talked of these events. And then something amazing happened. Verses 15 and 16 of chapter 24 says:
“And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.”
Wish I could have been there; wish I could have seen that. Wouldn’t you love to watch Jesus as He sauntered up to those two men, and joined with them in their walk. Verse 17.
How come you’re sad? Jesus said to them. What is this conversation you’re having as you walk here?
Cleopas whipped his head around, astonished, unable to believe that this man who seemed to be a “local” would not be familiar with the incident they were discussing. Verse 18
What’s the deal, Man? Are you a stranger here? Haven’t you heard about all these things“
I love Jesus. I’m in awe of Him. And sometimes He just makes me smile. This is one of those times. Verse 19
“What things?” he answers Cleopas.
(Remember now that Jesus is the God who created everything. Remember these are His troubled disciples. Remember that mere days before, Jesus had been hammered onto an ugly cross, that His lifeless body had been taken down and had been thrust into a cold tomb, that guards had been set to watch lest his disciples steal his body, that He had prowled around the environs of Hell during those days as He lay in the tomb–[explain that if you can]–…and here He is…maybe a little smirk of a smile on His sweet face, looking innocently at Cleopas and asking, “What things?”)
Don’t you love it!
Poor Cleopas…having no idea He was talking to The Man Himself, said in verses 19-24…”It’s about Jesus. You’ve heard of Him, haven’t you.” And he proceeded in a few words to recite the story of Jesus, His ministry, His death, burial, and now the completely unexplainable resurrection.
And as the three men walked on that road toward Emmaus, it was now the turn of Jesus to do some explaining. Verses 25-27
“And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” verse 27
The three men neared Emmaus…and…after all it was nearing evening…and there was an undeniable attraction to this stranger…there was just something special about Him…so the disciples invited Jesus to go home with them. Jesus agreed. They led Him to the place of lodging and as they sat at supper, Jesus took charge, broke the bread, blessed it, and handed it around. Verse 30
Suddenly, they knew; a recognizing, an epiphany. This Man was Jesus! . No doubt their hearts wallopped in their chests. They stared. Then…in the midst of their revelation, He vanished… flat-out disappeared! They gaped at the spot where He had been. Verse 31
Listen now. Hear what they said, having thought it all over and finally understanding: Their master, their Jesus was alive! It truly was He! He had risen from the dead. Verse 32
“And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened for us the scripture.”
How blessed are we to walk with Jesus, to share our concerns with Him; to listen to His precious voice, to experience revelation. And on recalling our walk, we, too, say with the disciples of Emmaus,
Did not our hearts burn within us.