Why did Jesus TEACH the men of Emmaus on the road, but REVEAL himself at the meal? The first reason is in Conquerors – more than blog, Part II.
Second, because he wanted his people to know: only by living in his teaching do we develop a robust confidence in his truth. So many believers satisfy themselves with reading what other Christians think about Jesus. And what they experience with him.
That’s okay so far as it goes. There’s always a place in the kingdom for the combined testimony of his people. However, since no one can tell us about Jesus better than Jesus, we must personalize a Bible-based discipleship.
After Jesus disappeared, the men noted that their hearts burned within them as JESUS SPOKE on the road. They BURNED, but didn’t know WHY. After the meal, they KNEW. In that encounter God’s word and human experience met to create authentic discipleship. The practical impact of that is: Christians, read your Bible. Read the Gospels. The Epistles. Have someone read it to you if you can’t yourself. Listen to it on tape if you can’t do that. Don’t think we can’t understand the Bible because we’re laymen. The Holy Spirit intellectually prepares every serious student to understand God’s word as he spiritually sensitizes us to receive God’s Son in the word.
Then we not only KNOW the Son of God but KNOW WHY we know him! To know that he isn’t TRUE because we believe it, but we believe it because he has convincingly proved it. End Part III