On the third day after Jesus was crucified, two disciples were walking from Jerusalem to the village of Emmaus. They had heard Jesus was alive again but couldn’t believe it was true.
Jesus drew near and walked and talked with them, but somehow they were kept from recognizing him. They told him of their hopelessness.
Eventually, he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?”
Luke then tells us, “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” A while later their eyes were opened and they recognized him. Then he vanished from their sight.
How did those two respond to what Jesus explained to them?
“Did not our hearts burn within us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”
They understood in a brand new light the many Old Testament passages Jesus had brought to their minds because they now saw they all pointed to the Savior they loved. (Luke 24: 1-35)
Every true believer in our Lord Jesus Christ experiences something similar to this when the Holy Spirit illumines us to what is already right there in the Bible: something we may not have understood before or perhaps forgot. The Bible does not become the word of God as some may teach, but the Holy Spirit opens the scriptures to us, as Jesus did for those two disciples.
This happened to me last Lord’s Day. I preached from Matthew 1:18-25. In verse 23 Matthew quotes from Isaiah 7:14, “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel.” Matthew adds that Immanuel means “God with us.”
The child conceived in Mary’s womb was God with us. God the Son came down to earth and put on human flesh, becoming both God and man. Jesus is God with us.
Later that evening, we attended a worship service and the pastor preached from John 1. Verse 1 reads, ”In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.”
This staggering statement tells us the “Word” existed before time began, he was with God and he was God. The eternal Word was both with God and was God.
Later in verse 14 we read, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” So we know the “Word” is Jesus.
The truth that the Holy Spirit brought to my mind is quite simple. It is in that little word “with.” Jesus was with the Father from eternity, always was and always will be (John 1:1), but in the fullness of time he took on flesh and became what he was not before. He became Immanuel, God with us (Matthew 1:23), and that is who he remains.
This is not a new truth I came up with, because the Bible was finished over 1,900 years ago. It is a truth I already knew from many places in the Bible, but my heart was greatly blessed when the Holy Spirit opened to my heart afresh this glorious truth from God’s Word.
Christ is at the Father’s right hand (with God), but ever remains Immanuel (God with us) always living to make intercession for us who have come to trust in him.
Does the Holy Spirit open your heart to freshly behold our glorious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ found in God’s Holy Word?