Have you ever wished you could just sit and talk with Jesus? Have you ever wished that you could see His face and hear His voice as He explained His Word to you? I sure have.
Sometimes we may think we’ve missed out on something special; that the disciples had it better than we do. After all, when they had a question, all they had to do was speak.
“Lord, teach us to pray.”
And He did. Right then, right there. Can you imagine watching and hearing Jesus pray? How our hearts would swell! Or can you imagine listening to Him admonish the Pharisees? Would we feel uncomfortable and shift footing a bit? Can you imagine His eyes twinkling, His brow rising, His mouth forming words of love, of wisdom, of sacred secrets? Oh, the things we would learn – if only!
Or would we?
There’s a story told in the Bible of two men on the road to Emmaus…
Two men shuffled along the dusty road to Emmaus. It was hot and their hearts were troubled. Their heads hung low; their eyes not truly focused on the road below. Their feet carried them onward, kicking pebbles as they walked. They spoke softly, a few words here, a few words there, discussing events that had taken place just days before.
“I can’t believe it,” the taller one said. “I just can’t. It seems like yesterday that we walked with Him and talked with Him. I miss Him.” The other one, named Cleopus, replied, “I have to say, I feel as though all my hope is gone. And I had such hope! I wish I could talk to Him right now. I just want to ask Him why. WHY did this have to happen?”
As they talked, a stranger came up beside them. “What’cha talking about?” He asked.
Cleopus stopped and stared at the stranger. “Seriously?! Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who doesn’t have a clue what’s been going on around here?”
“What things have been going on around here?”
“Jesus, Jesus of Nazareth is what’s been gong on around here! He was a prophet. He was powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. But the chief priests, and our rulers, handed Him over to be sentenced to death. They crucified Him! I can’t believe this…I can’t believe you haven’t heard this! Anyway, we had hoped He was the one – THE One, who would redeem Israel.”
“That’s right,” the other chimed in. “In addition to all this, some of our women went to the tomb early this morning, but didn’t find His body. They said they’d seen some angels who said Jesus was alive, but our other friends went to the tomb and, yes, He was gone, but they didn’t see Him. Just so confusing.”
The stranger shook His head. He admonished them, then began to teach them everything the Scriptures said about Jesus – about how the Messiah, the One Who would redeem Israel as they had hoped, would have to suffer and then enter His glory. From Moses through the Prophets, He explained, the Scriptures taught all about Jesus.
Cleopus and his friend reveled in the words of this stranger, and before they knew it, they had arrived in Emmaus. The stranger was going to continue on, but the two men begged Him to stay with them to eat. So He stayed.
As they sat down to the table, the stranger took a steaming loaf of bread, broke it, and gave thanks to God. Cleopus looked up suddenly. His mouth dropped open. “IT’S HIM! It’s really HIM!” His friend’s eyes filled with tears. “It IS Him! It’s…JESUS!”
Just as their eyes were opened and they recognized who was sitting with them, Jesus disappeared from their sight. They asked one another,” Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us on the road, as He opened the Scripture to us?” ~ Luke 24:13-35
Let me tell you, ladies, many times I’ve been just like the two men on the road to Emmaus: I’ve spent time with the Spirit of the risen Christ…and not even known it. I’ve often wished I could just talk to Jesus for a few minutes, feeling that those who walked with Him had an easier time understanding His will and His ways. But it’s Jesus who said that we have it better now than even those who walked with Him (John 16:7)!
You see, Jesus in the flesh could only be in one place at one time. But His Spirit indwells each one of us, giving comfort and aid at all times in all things. And even Jesus’ disciples couldn’t understand the principles of what Jesus was telling them – as He spoke face to face with them (John 12:16; Luke18:34)! But we’re promised that the Spirit will teach us all things, reveal the heart of the Father to us, and bring to our remembrance all that Jesus has said (1 Cor.2:10-14; John 14:26). Sisters, we have the divine advantage!
The Holy Spirit is one of God’s greatest gifts to us. The Scriptures reveal a host of abilities enabled within us through the power of the Spirit.
He renews and regenerates us (Titus 3:5).
He writes God’s laws on our hearts and minds, equipping us to internalize God’s way of life and obey Him (Ez. 36:26,27; Hebrews 8:10; John 14:15-17).
He empowers us to transform our minds (Romans 12:2).
He capacitates us to love as God loves (Romans 5:5).
He is our Advocate, helper, and teacher (John 14:16; John 14:26).
He aids us in our weakness and intercedes for us in our sin and frailty (Romans 8:26; 1 John 2:1).
He guides us into all truth, even those truths that the disciples could not bear (John 16:13).
He enables us to bear His fruit (Gal. 5:22-23).
He gives us power to witness (Acts 1:8).
He lifts the veil from our eyes, clarifies the Scriptures, and brings glorious freedom to live in accordance with God’s law (2 Cor. 3:17).
He reveals true wisdom and divine mysteries (1 Cor. 2:13).
He causes us to abound in hope (Romans 15:13).
He is our guarantee of reward and He testifies that we are God’s children (2 Cor. 1:22; 2 Cor. 5:5; Romans 8:16).