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April 2015

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

The Eye-Opening Christ

'Jesus Himself came up and walked along with them.' Luke 24:15 NIV

After Jesus’ crucifixion, Cleopas and his friend were on the road that led home to Emmaus. That’s when ‘Jesus Himself came up and walked along with them.’ Their hopes lay buried in a tomb; their belief had turned to doubt. So what did Jesus do? ‘Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.’ (Luke 24:27 NLT) Jesus knows that when you’re walking the road of doubt, you need to get His Word into you. When you do, three things happen: (1) Your eyes will be opened. ‘Then their eyes were opened and they recognised Him.’ (Luke 24:31 NLT) There are things you will only see when God shows them to you through His Word. That’s why Bible reading needs to be a priority. (2) Your heart will burn. ‘They said to one another, “Didn’t our heart burn within us as He talked with us?”’ (Luke 24:32 NLT) You’re not always going to feel that raging fire for God. Committing to being in God’s Word means opening it up even when your heart feels, well, cold. But know for sure that when you seek God, you always find Him (Deuteronomy 4:29). (3) Your mouth will open. ‘Then the two told what had happened on the way…’ (Luke 24:35 NIV) Getting to know Jesus will make you want everyone around you to know Him, too. Love–fuelled conversations? Yes please. Pray that God will open your eyes as you go through your day—to see Him and Him at work in your life and in the lives of others.

SoulFood: Acts 12-13; Matt 4:1-7; Ps 16; Pro 11:1-2
word4U2day (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2015 UCB International Ltd


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