And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.– Luke 24:13-15
Today we learn of two of Jesus’ disciples who have their eyes opened to the Truth of His identity and truly begin to follow Him after having walked with and broken Bread with Him along the road to Emmaus.
I had an acquaintance whom I so enjoyed spending time with because this person was very knowledgeable regarding the Bible. We could converse about spiritual matters for hours and we seemed to be “on the same page” when it came to many doctrinal issues.
I had a sense, however, from the beginning, that something was amiss with this person. I would often find myself questioning this persons spiritual sincerity, if you will,- were they truly born again? Spiritual fruit was lacking in many areas of this persons life but their knowledge of scripture and their apparent wisdom bore just enough fruit to keep me guessing.
We know from this verse selection, as well as from Matthew 18:19, that Jesus is present when two or more are gathered together in His name. Does that mean that both people will recognize and follow Him? Can Jesus explain the entire counsel of scripture regarding Himself to them yet one still be left doubting and blind? Or perhaps both peoples eyes do become opened yet one just refuses to see? Why would someone be unwillingly to acknowledge the Truth?
If they acknowledge just enough Truth they will be happy to accept the finished work of Christ and will accept Him as their Savior! After all, they do not wish to go to hell and if believing the gospel is all it takes they are more than willing to accept it! They have recognized and accepted Him in word ONLY but in deed they continue on THEIR way.
By walking according to THEIR way they demonstrate that they have yet to be broken- their pride is still in tact and they are failing to deny themselves. In verse 30-31 we learn that the two disciples eyes were opened when Jesus broke the bread! Jesus’ body was broken, the full wrath of God poured out on Him, so that by His blood we could be healed- Jesus denied himself and laid down His life for us! He calls His disciples to do the same! He tells us in John 15:20 that “the servant is not greater than his lord”. Walking in THE way (John 14:6) instead of THEIR way is being a broken bread disciple. This is not a one time act but a daily one (Luke 9:23).
Is that acquaintance of mine a born again child of God? Their fruit says not yet! They have accepted Him as savior but have yet to be broken for Him, bowing down to Him as Lord. True sanctification is not a two steps forward and three steps backward process. It progressively moves a child of God towards holiness through Christ. Of course there are exceptions, like David with Uriah for instance. David, however, repents and does not go on sinning and walking in his way.
This is how it should appear with true disciples of Christ! They should be bearing fruit in keeping with repentance in all areas of their life. Remember that Knowledge does not equal obedience! Wisdom does not always equal discernment- especially in terms of our personal walk with the Lord! We will know them by their fruits (Matthew 7:16).