In the amazing story of the Emmaus Road, Jesus did for those two disciples what we would all (in our right minds) love Him to do for us. He explained the Word of God like only He, as the perfect Son of God, could do. “Beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted for them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures” (Luke 24:27).
Can you imagine how amazing it would be to have the Bible explained to you by the divine Author Himself?
Those disciples, who had the incredible privilege of hearing from Jesus, were confused and dumbfounded beforehand. They did not understand why Jesus had to die and how it could be possible that He was now alive. The Old Testament makes the fulfilled prophecy of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection clear and understandable, but they were struggling to agree and understand – that is, until Jesus revealed the truth to them.
He is, after all, the Author of truth. Who else can give understanding like Him? Only the Author of truth can assure that you understand the truth.
Many times, I have heard people say that they have tried to read their Bibles, but they just do not understand what they are reading. God’s Word has more treasured wisdom than we can fully comprehend in this life, but God did not preserve His Word for us to live in confusion and chaos. He reveals the truth to us when we sincerely seek Him through His truth – the Holy Scriptures.
Do you understand His Word? To truly understand His Word, know Him – the Author. No one would argue that the best way to understand a book, a letter, or anything written, is to go to the source. To understand the book, know the author.
The Bible is no exception. To understand the Bible, know the Author. And, unlike all other books, the Bible is perfect and the only Word that gives life. Unlike all other authors, God is perfect and the Only One who can save us from our sins.
On Resurrection Sunday morning, Lord willing, I will be preaching from Luke 24:13-35 on “Life to Life.” Just as the resurrection life of Jesus opened the door of understanding for the disciples on the road to Emmaus, so does His resurrection life bring clarity to the Scriptures and to our lives.
Do you understand the Book? Do you know the Author? Are you sincerely seeking Him with all your heart, desiring to know His Word and live according to His Word? If so, you will not be disappointed.
As He promised, “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). Make your life about pursuing and honoring Him, and the life to come will be your joy and hope. Praise be to God!