Sunday, May 4, 2014

Taking Leave of Our Senses

 
On the Road to Emmaus
 
I gleaned from today’s sermon given by guest minister Emmett Pogue.
 
The Scripture reading for Sunday’s sermon was from Luke 24:13-35 about the Emmaus Road.  As two followers of Jesus were walking, Jesus appeared to them and asked what they were talking about.  But they did not distinguish this was the Lord.
 
Luke 24:13-16 NASV Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16 but their eyes were kept from recognizing him.
 
Many of us have associated with someone who was just a bit “off, or a bit daft.”  We wonder how these men failed to acknowledge that this was Jesus walking with them. 
 
The Bible indicates their eyes were prevented from seeing Him.  Was it fear, grief, doubt and unbelief that clouded their natural eyes? 
 
To those men, nothing made sense.  Their natural senses and intelligence could not fathom the events of the past three days.
 
May we focus on ourselves?  How many times do we miss realizing that Jesus is walking with us day after day?  Do we fail to incorporate His ever presence into our daily lives?
 
How often do we ask Jesus to stay with us in our times of need, and then fail to become conscious that he has promised to never leave us or forsake us?
 
At the end of our Emmaus story, Jesus did a vanishing act and disappeared from their sight.  At once they became aware that it was Jesus and they were astounded and said, did not our hearts burn within us as he spoke to us?
 
Their response was to quickly return to Jerusalem and meet with the others and share the good news.  They had seen the Lord with their physical senses.
 
A while later most of the disciples met in a locked room.  It was a bit crazy to lock the door, because Jesus entered where they were - - apparently through the walls.  You might say extra sensory perception.
 
Today we do not see and touch Jesus today with our physical senses, but we must experience Him in the Spiritual Sense. 
 
It is essential and a necessity to enter into the supernatural sense by an intimate personal encounter with Jesus.
 
Then like the disciples, we will be compelled to rush out and proclaim that Jesus is alive.
 
We should not be surprised if some will say of us “They have taken leave of their senses.

 

3 comments:

  1. We do lean on our senses and often ignore the even greater gift of our soul. Good reminder that He is with us every second of every day and all we have to do is draw nigh unto Him. Thanks, Hazel.

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  2. Your post reminds me of how I felt Sunday. My spouse and I received an answered prayer! It was so amazing...beyond what we ever dared to imagine possible. When grinned from ear to ear and wanted to rent a plane to sky write how awesome God is. We wanted to tell everyone the good news!

    I pray all Christians have this type of joy and excitement about sharing God. I pray I don't ever lose or misplace this type of joy. God is worthy of my praise ALL the time, not just when He answers prayers in a BIG way!

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  3. Thanks for this timely reminder Hazel. So true, that we rely on our senses and what we think we know. Cry the Good News! Blessings to you and Happy Mother's Day Friend.

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