The Road To Emmaus 2014

By Daniel Valles, Posted to Editor's Blog: 04/22/2014
 

As the remberances of our Lord’s resurrection were only a few days ago, I was surprised in the account of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus that there are several parallels to the time we find ourselves at here in 2014. One of the most annoying things about sitting in the radar room is that when you relay information to people for a heads-up, the response is generally akin to, "meh, yeah, yeah, I know, Christ’s coming back…"; yet, in spite of the signs pointing to this particular time in history that we should be most expecting our Lord’s return, people mentally acknowledge the fact, but their lives go on as though they don’t.

Rewinding to Emmaus, we find two disciples who knew the prophecies, and even testified that Jesus, Himself, told them He would rise from the dead. Here they were, on the exact same day that Christ had told them that He would rise from the dead, and where were they?! They were walking away from the tomb instead of towards it! Too many Christians are walking the same way even now! Christ told us dozens of signs to look for, and even gave us a very specific sign in Revelation to confirm the timeline. So are Christians lifting up their heads, knowing that His coming is nigh, even at the doors?! Nope, not the vast majority of them… They’re walking and living in a different direction.

One of the common phrases I hear in response is often along the lines of: "As long as I’m in Heaven, I’ll be happy…" Um, reality check - that part comes later; the accountability and weeping-your-eyeballs-out part comes first. Most people have a Santa Claus idea of God - warm, fuzzy, you’re alright, kinda fluff. They think that the second they get to Heaven, Southern Gospel music will be playing in the background, and everyone sits on a giant porchswing sipping sweet tea. Reality check! When we look back to Emmaus, what is the very first thing that Christ told the two disciples after they told Him what they knew He told them prior? Was it warm platitudes to make them feel happy and sappy? Was it give them a great big bear hug? NO!! He chewed them out for not believing what He told them!

"Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?" - Luke 24:25-26

A head knowledge of Christ’s return, without a heart knowledge of Christ’s return, makes one more accountable, not more acceptable. There will be many Christians who will be caught unawares (Luke 21:34), walking the wrong way, and like the 5 virgins out buying oil, they will not be where they should be when Christ returns. What about us? What will be the first words that Christ will say to you? Faithful servant? or Foolish servant?

Maranatha.

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