seeingJesusinScripture

Luke 24 tells a story that has become one of my favorites. The very day Jesus was raised from the dead, he joined a couple of the disciples who were headed to the village of Emmaus and after listening to their conversation about the day’s events, he responded to their disappointment that it looked like Jesus might not have been the Messiah they were hoping for. He did so with some very direct, piercing words:

“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.” (vv. 25-27)

Oh, to have overheard that conversation! Can you imagine him telling them ALL of the ways the law and prophets spoke of Christ?! What an experience it was for those disciples – they later admitted their hearts burned within them as Jesus opened up the Scriptures to them (v. 32), and their immediate response, even before recognizing the traveler as Jesus, was to want to spend more time with him. They begged him to stay with them at Emmaus instead of leaving them.

You and I can have that same kind of burning in our hearts as the Holy Spirit brings Scripture alive, allowing us to see Jesus in ways we’ve never seen before. And just as it did for those disciples, it makes us hungry for more of Him.

Have you ever experienced the thrill of discovering a thread of Jesus’s story in a part of the Bible you didn’t expect to? If not, let me ask you this: have you remembered to pray about it?

When Bible study brings confusion and I’m frustrated to not be seeing what I think I’m supposed to see, sometimes I get stuck and then later realize, “Wait! I never even asked the Holy Spirit to help me!” I hate that I often forget to begin Bible study in prayer. The Spirit’s help is the only way we’ll see what is true – the only way to glimpse Jesus – so we need to remember to invite him into our study every time.

I love how John Piper described this,

“The Spirit reveals Christ. The fullness of the Spirit is the fullness that he gives as we gaze on Christ. The power of the Spirit is the power we feel in the presence of Christ. The joy of the Spirit is the joy we feel from the promises of Christ. Many of us know what it is to crouch on the floor and cry out to the Holy Spirit for joy and power, and experience nothing; but the next day devote ourselves to earnest meditation on the glory of Jesus Christ and be filled with the Spirit.”

When you next open God’s Word and welcome the Spirit into your study time, ask him to bring to light the ways the Bible tells the whole story of redemption, from Genesis to Revelation, and don’t neglect the work of also looking for Jesus. Jesus didn’t just show up in the New Testament, and we’ll be blessed to know Him more fully as we find him in all the places the Spirit makes him known.

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