How hungry are you for the Presence of God? I sense we will be perusing around this question for a time. It seems God is wanting to specifically address this with an intended focus, so this is part one of a series for now. We’ll see where it leads. I am breaking this up into shorter segments so we may more readily grasp and integrate into our walk what I sense as a deep stirring within the hearts of many at this time. The road to Emmaus had a destination; may we realize to a greater extent that we are not looking to “a place” to sojourn to because of the cross we already have all of Jesus and all He represents. You and I are already fully in possession of the Father’s blessing and Promise. There is nothing we have to do but to receive it fully through how we choose to be in every moment.
They walked along the road; two disciples, all alone, their Master dead and gone. How dismayed they must have felt in their hearts. It was like the lamp of their soul was feeling “dimmed” and perhaps going out.
A man came to them and drew near. He spoke with them and calmed their fears,and as their hearts were quieted from their restlessness and distress, they told Him everything.
He knew their sadness, pain and emptiness as for them their lives as they had known them prior to this moment were suddenly no longer the same. It was as a stranger, they perceived was speaking with them. The familiar was no longer physically present to comfort them in their lives now and great change and uncertainty loomed ahead on the horizon. They had been taught and prepared for this hour yet, it was like it had all so quickly become a forgotten dream. A bit of “spiritual amnesia perhaps?
He began to speak unto them and expound from the scriptures. “Why don’t you believe?
For it was necessary for the Christ to suffer all these things and enter His glory.
Why don’t you believe? Why don’t you believe?
They came to journey’s end; He came in to eat with them, He blessed and broke the bread. Then opened were their eyes; Jesus Christ they recognized. He disappeared from them.
Then they said: did not our hearts burn as He spoke those words? While we walked with Him the Scriptures were opened. Did not our hearts burn? Did not our hearts burn?
We walk along our road and He reminds us we were told “I’m with you every day.”
No matter how we feel, He’s the Spirit, He is real, Indwelling you and I.
Do we find ourselves feeling as though our hearts burn when we hear His word?
Jesus is within you and I, and is lifted up through resurrected lives!
Do we walk in resurrected lives? Where we lose ourselves in Him?
Do not our hearts burn? Do not our hearts truly burn for that something greater than we are? Greater than what anyone in our lives can bring to us?
Jesus would now say “For a little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me?
Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice.
You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. (John 16:19-24)
The Word of God states that Jesus will return visibly once again just as He left when ascended unto the right hand of the Father following His resurrection. Yet He left us His Spirit who is ever with us. Speaking of the Spirit of truth who has come, “he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you. (John 16:13-15)
No longer needing to speak in solely figures of speech he longs to reveal to us the Father’s heart; that we may know Him in a new way.
Jesus said, “In this day simply ask in my name and I will ask the Father on your behalf; for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. I came from the Father and have come into the world.
“Do you now believe?”, Jesus asks, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
The question God is asking you and I now is “will you believe, will you believe?
If so then step out in faith beyond what you can feel and see because Jesus seeks now to intersect with his bride.
I will pick up from here the next time we meet where we shall continue to look at how we may respond to this invitation to “intersect” in the greatest of all loves with the Lover of our soul. This is an unprecedented measure of radical love and is therefore going to be a message that bears such nature. I hope you will remain aboard.