“Weren’t our hearts on fire when he spoke to us along the road and when he explained the scriptures for us?” (Luke 24:32)
Oftentimes, we are like these admirers on the road to Emmaus. We have long known about Jesus. We have heard his teachings; observed his life. But we haven’t completely given ourselves over to him, for we perceive him as less than he truly is. We’ve read our Bibles, but we haven’t encountered God.
Once the two companions on the road to Emmaus perceived that Jesus was not a failed Messiah, but the fulfillment of the very hope of Israel, they moved beyond a posture of observation and spectatorship and stepped squarely into the stream of history as followers of the very one who set the world into motion. Once they saw Jesus as the one to whom the Old Testament was pointing, they understood that their allegiance could be to no one else.
The Bible assists us in becoming truly committed to Christ. In the Bible, we find the story of God’s redemption revealed fully in the person of Jesus, and as Jesus teaches us to read this story aright, we become characters in that very story. We become the actors through whom God brings about his good ends.
God, I have a desire to learn the story of the Bible in a way that helps me become a better follower. Teach me. Amen.