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September 28, 2023

Appearing to Two Discouraged Believers (1)

Luke 24:13 And behold, two of them were going on the same day to a village named Emmaus, which was sixty stadia away from Jerusalem. (14) And they were talking to each other concerning all these things which had occurred. (15) And while they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. (16) But their eyes were kept from recognizing Him. (17) And He said to them, What are these words which you are exchanging with one another while you are walking? And they stood still, looking sad. (18) And one of them, Cleopas by name, answered and said to Him, Do You alone dwell as a stranger in Jerusalem and not know the things which have taken place in it in these days? (19) And He said to them, What things? And they said to Him, The things concerning Jesus the Nazarene, who was a Prophet powerful in work and word before God and all the people; (20) And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him up to the sentence of death and crucified Him. (21) But we were hoping that He was the One who was about to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all these things, it is now going on the third day since these things took place. (22) But moreover some women from among us amazed us. Being at the tomb early (23) And not finding His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels, who said that He is living. (24) And some of those with us went to the tomb and found it even as the women also said, but they did not see Him. (25) And He said to them, O foolish and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! (26) Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and enter into His glory?

[Part 1 of 2] In [Luke] 24:13-35 we have an account of the Man-Savior's appearing to two disciples. These two disciples were fully disappointed, deeply discouraged. Because they were discouraged, they did not stay in Jerusalem. Instead, they left Jerusalem for Emmaus. Here the Man-Savior was in resurrection walking with the two disciples. Verse 15 simply tells us that Jesus drew near and went with the two disciples. We are not told where He came from. After the Man-Savior entered into resurrection, He became omnipresent. Since He is omnipresent, we cannot stay away from Him. When the disciples were in Jerusalem, He was with them. When they left Jerusalem for Emmaus, He walked with them. It is a fact that the resurrected Christ is with us wherever we may be. If we walk in a downward direction, we bring Him with us. In Luke 24 the two disciples brought the Lord with them on the way from Jerusalem to Emmaus. Here [in vv. 18-19] we see that in their blindness they thought that they knew more than the resurrected Savior. The two disciples knew the Savior in the flesh (2 Cor. 5:16), not in His resurrection. They knew His power in work and word, not the power of His resurrection. Verse 27 tells us that "beginning from Moses and from all the Prophets, He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself." "All the Scriptures" includes the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and Psalms (v. 44). The Scriptures are mentioned twice more in this chapter. Verse 32 speaks of opening the Scriptures, and verse 45 of understanding the Scriptures. In the Scriptures there is a full record, a complete revelation, concerning Christ and His death and resurrection. However, because these matters were not opened up to the Lord's followers, He came to them in order to open the holy Word to them. (Continued tomorrow)

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Luke, pp. 470-472. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: [email protected].

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