“While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them… 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?
“As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, ‘Peace to you!’ Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.’ And he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them.” Luke 24:15,27-32,36,45-50
It had been three days since the crucifixion of Jesus, and some of his followers were marveling that He was no longer in the grave; angels had announced He had risen, just as He’d said He would. What Jesus did then for His people is what our Risen Lord does today for His people. He drew near to abide with them, interpreted the Scriptures to them, fed them, stood among them and gave them peace, opened their minds to understanding, gave them a purposeful assignment and the power to fulfill it, led them, and blessed them. What a ministry the Living Jesus has with His own!
Every day, every year that passes, I can count on my Lord to be faithful. He has risen to give me life, and I am secure in Him forever. He is ever present with me as my Prince of Peace, Comforter, Wisdom, Light, and Teacher. He satisfies me with living bread and water from His word, and gives me meaningful work in this world and fruitful service in His kingdom. He has blessed me in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing, and is preparing an eternal home for me. I am overwhelmed. (Isaiah 9:6; 33:6; John 6:35; 8:12; 10:10,28; 14:2-3,26,27; 15:16; 16:7,13; Ephesians 1:3)
Lord, thank You that I live in the “in-between,” where You are ever-present by Your Spirit, and the hope of glory to come when You return. Keep my heart burning for You as my first love, my highest joy, my lifeline, and make my years a blessing of life and light to others. (Psalm 4:4; 137:6; Revelation 2:4)