Sweeter Than Honey is a 365-day devotional journey that leads the reader
“That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing Him. And He said to them, ‘What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?’ And they stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, ‘Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?’ And He said to them, ‘What things?’ And they said to Him, ‘Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered Him up to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. But we had hoped that He was the One to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, and when they did not find His body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that He was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but Him they did not see.’ And He said to them, ‘O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into His glory?’ And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if He were going farther, but they urged Him strongly, saying, ‘Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.’ So He went in to stay with them. When He was at table with them, He took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him. And He vanished from their sight. They said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked to us on the road, while He opened to us the Scriptures?’ And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, ‘The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!’ Then they told what had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of the bread.” (Luke 24:13-35)
When I read God’s Word each morning, I find inspiration and insight that keeps my day on track. Join me on this journey. Let’s settle in with His Word—it’s His Love Letter to us. Did you know that? Let’s read it like a Love Letter, expecting to glean something for our walk with Him every day. Let’s look for peace in the chaos and strength for our weaknesses. Even on our busiest days we can carve out a few minutes to refocus on the important. Can’t we? We may have to get up a little earlier, when the house is still and quiet, or stay up a few minutes after the others are tucked in for the night, but we can do this! I know we can!
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I love that passage, too, especially when they say their hearts burned within them as He opened the Scriptures to them.
And that's something the Holy Spirit has to do in a person—that's His work, not ours. We can only open the Scriptures, God does the work.
Yes, Jan, I love that! :) May our eyes be open to Him today!
I am excited as well, Linda! I CAN HARDLY WAIT!! :)
My favorite part of that story is when they realize their hearts burned within them. May we stay on fire for Jesus and spreading his hope and love to a hurting, lonely world.
I love that too, Anita! "May we stay on fire for Jesus and spreading His hope and love to a hurting, lonely world." <— That's a great prayer!
What a great take away from the Emmaus story!
Emmaus is such a thought-provoking place. We are there today, Lauren. We are right where God wants us to share His Gospel of truth with those we come in contact with. So often, I get annoyed with traffic or long lines at the checkout... and then I realize, those things put me on a schedule that God orchestrated for a divinely-scripted, path-crossing, meetup with an opportunity to share His message of life-giving hope! Emmaus, friend! Be all there today!
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