Lent 2022 Day 1

Lent 2022 Day 1

Wed 2 Mar

Lk 24:13-18,25-27 Jesus on the road to Emmaus

13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognising him.

17 He asked them, ‘What are you discussing together as you walk along?’

‘Jesus of Nazareth,’ they replied. ‘He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.’

25 He said to them, ‘How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?’ 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

We start in the New Testament. The first thing we need to remember, obvious though it is, is that Jesus only had the Old Testament to work on. His deep knowledge of the Scriptures (I’ll use this word to describe our Old Testament), everything he said with regard to them, every nuance he drew from them show Jesus to be the expert, the scholar, the interpreter and revealer of what we know as the Old Testament. Jesus also was able to draw out of the Scriptures truths that had not been revealed concerning Father God, and himself.

Would you like to know what passages of Scripture Jesus chose and expanded upon as he walked the dusty road to Emmaus with his companions? I once had a Bible that contained cross-references in the middle margin that linked the content of a verse with other relevant verses or passages in the Bible. Margin references are great for helping you put things into context. The margin references in that Bible edition for verse 27 above took up a great deal of space, showing that the Old Testament has much to offer in relation to the person and nature of Jesus.

Do you not love the fact that Jesus started with Moses (by which we mean the first five books, starting from Genesis)? Might you be inspired to look again at the Genesis, Exodus and those other ones at the beginning of the Old Testament, and pull in the greater and lesser prophets, and wonder how Jeremiah, Ezekiel and all those seemingly impenetrable books actually reveal God’s infinite love and his plan of salvation for the world? I don’t recommend you start ploughing through Ezekiel any more than I’d recommend you run a marathon tomorrow – work up to it, exercise and restore those dry bones (read about them later!) first.

What verses or passages do you think Jesus might have selected for his companions?

What passages might you share with a friend or companion to reveal who Jesus is?

Father God, our Bible came together from many sources and writers. I believe that those who were active in leadership and prophecy and those who recorded were inspired by you. Would you inspire me with understanding as I search the Scriptures? Amen.

Companions on the way: