I remembered an event that happened a very long time ago, an event recorded for us in the most read book in the world – The Bible!
It was an unprecedentedevent!
Two men were walking on the road to a place called Emmaus, they were worried, fearful and uncertain about their future.
A shocking event had taken place, Jesus whom they had believed to be the Messiah, the Saviour of the world had been cruelly crucified on a cross. Now He was dead and with Him all their hopes and dreams shattered, fear griped the hearts and minds of these two followers of Jesus.
Then in a strange coincidence a stranger (it seemed to them) joined them on their journey and began to enter into their conversation.
We can read about it in the Book of Luke 24:13-34 NLT
Luke describes the event with great detail here in verses 14-19: ‘As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them… He asked them “What are you discussing so intently as you walk along?”’
They stopped short, sadness written across their faces. Then one of them, Cleopas replied, “You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard about all the things that have happened there in the last few days.” “What things?” Jesus asked.
You can read the rest yourself.
Here was someone who had answers, the stranger (Jesus) took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
‘And then, when he joined with them at their destination and they sat down to eat together, that thrilling revelation came – It was Jesus… HE IS ALIVE! This is the account in verse 30-32: …when he took the bread and blessed it and gave it to them, suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared!’
They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?”
The two followers of Jesus didn’t understand what had happened three days ago, they had so many uncertainties, but here Jesus was, walking beside them explaining and teaching, comforting and encouraging them. Cleopas and his friend who were they? Yet they were important enough for Jesus to join them in a 7 mile walk to give them the answers to the ‘unprecedented event’ that had taken place in the world, and the unseen world that we know exists!
He was the answer then and He still is today. Jesus told His disciples in John 16:7 that He had to go away otherwise the Advocate the Holy Spirit wouldn’t come. The Advocate is walking beside us daily. Yes! Even if our walk is confined to our home or we are on the front line dealing with the ‘Unprecedented event’ we are facing in our world today, he walks with us.
In fact He is inside of you; the Wonderful Advocate, the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, the Encourager, and the Counsellor. Therefore, we don’t walk anywhere or face anything on our own, or in isolation!
The Greek reads Advocate as Paraklete, para means alongside, this is a picture of someone who has come closely alongside of another person to console, comfort, or assist/help with instruction, counsel or advice. Bishop TD Jakes described the Advocate, the Paraclete as the loading crane that work on a building site that carries and lifts the heavy items or in our case burdens that we cannot carry on our own. The word for the crane it’s derived from the same Greek word.
So here is a picture of the Holy Spirit our Advocate who is our strength for every day, for every burden, for every question we don’t have an answer for right now. But I don’t want to end this word to you without showing you something else that we can do in this our 2020 ‘unprecedented event’ that we are experiencing.
I love the fact that Cleopas and his friend went without hesitation or delay back on the 7 mile walk to encourage and comfort the other disciples letting them know that Jesus was alive!
We also should think of others and do what we can to be the same Parakaleo the Greek word for exhort. Hebrews 3:13 “But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today.”
I will conclude next week and share with you the application of the above Bible verse.
‘Unprecedented’ Part 3 next week…
Until then please join with me in this prayer:
Dear Father God,
Thank you for the Holy Spirit our Divine Counsellor a Permanent Presence and Friend.
Jesus you said in your word that you will talk to Your Father and that He will provide you another Friend so that we will always have someone with us.
Thank you that this Friend is the Spirit of Truth. We have good friends (thank you) but not all our friends are absolute TRUTH as our FRIEND THE HOLY SPIRIT is, who guides us into all truth!
May we always be dependent on His counsel and often draw on His resources, NOT TOO SELDOM, NOT TOO LITTLE!
Thank you God for appointing the DIVINE COUNSELLOR. I pray You will assist us through life especially in these ‘Unprecedented’ times. Thank you we don’t have to muddle along on our own.
Praise the Lord. Amen.
Stay safe under the shadow of His wings.
His love & mine,
Pastor Lydia x