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Encountering Two Disciples on the Road to Emmaus

Luke 24:13-35
The Gospel of Luke Part IV - Encountering Jesus
Rickey Primrose
June 19, 2016

It is true that Jesus is the center of God’s story. From Genesis 1 to Revelation 22, all of Scripture points to Jesus. The story of the road to Emmaus, however, teaches us more than this. We learn within this passage that when you see Jesus at the center of God’s story, He becomes the center of your story. The centrality of Christ does not merely lead us to reinterpret the Old Testament; it leads us to reinterpret our lives. Our lives are a part of an eternal story God is writing; God will sovereignly write the story of your life so that Jesus will be the hero of your story.

The question then is this: In whom can we see the centrality of Christ in the Bible and in the story of our lives? How do we rightly interpret the story? First, right interpretation requires a believing heart. In the kingdom of God, we believe in order to see, rather than seeing in order to believe. We must believe that God is orchestrating all our circumstances in such a way that they point to Christ. Second, right interpretation requires a believing community. Christ is seen in a unique way in the fellowship of a believing community. It is only within the context of the local church that you will rightly make sense of the Bible and the story of your own life.

As you approach God’s word, whether you are reading it personally or hearing it preached corporately, make sure your heart is ready. Before you enter in to Bible intake, make sure your heart is in a posture of trust and surrender; it is only with a believing heart that we can rightly receive God’s word. Ask God to give you a believing heart. Whether you are trying to make sense of the Scriptures or of the circumstances of your life, ask God to allow you to see Jesus at the center of what He is doing. Lean on the believing community God has given you in the local church. They are God’s gift to you to help you rightly interpret God’s story in the Bible and in your life. Christ is seen in unique ways in the “breaking of bread” (i.e. intimate fellowship with other believers); so, don’t neglect the breaking of bread.

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