When Jesus Feeds You Himself

 

“And beginning with Moses and all the prophets he carefully unveiled to them the revelation of himself throughout the Scriptures. He supernaturally unlocked their understanding to receive the revelation of the Scriptures.” (Luke 24:27, 45, TPT).

The Road to Emmaus story has long been a favorite of mine. I love to imagine Jesus coming alongside these two heartbroken men and walking with them. He comes into their pain, meeting them in the middle of their distress. He asks them sincere questions and listens to their hearts. He connects with them, and then He opens the Word to them. He pours into them exactly what they need to hear. And, at the culmination of it all, He reveals Himself to them.

Isn’t this a perfect picture of what He does for each of us today? Wherever we are, He finds us. He comes to us in our struggles. He walks alongside us and engages us. He encourages us to share with Him what is troubling us. He takes us to His Word and opens up our understanding in new ways. And through it all, He gives us Himself.

How lovely He is! What a beautiful companion He was to those privileged to meet Him during His lifetime here on the earth! How surprising it must have been, then, when He told His twelve disciples it was better for Him to leave them and return to heaven. He explained, though, that doing so would allow Him to send the Helper to all of us (John 16:7).

When Jesus prophesied the coming of the Helper, He used the Greek word Parakletos, meaning, “the One who comes alongside to help.” Isn’t that beautifully illustrated by Jesus’ coming alongside the two men in this story? Now, Holy Spirit is given to us that “we may understand what God has freely given us” (1 Cor. 2:12, NIV). The Helper opens our understanding just as Jesus did for these two hurting men.

The Helper is here now. If you have given your life to Jesus, He lives in you. The Holy Spirit. The Spirit of Jesus. The presence of His Spirit in you is even better than His physical presence walking next to you. Everything Luke describes about the Emmaus Road encounter is available to you and me every day, every second.

The Spirit of Jesus is here is open the Scriptures to us. He is here to receive our burdens and to accompany us in our moments of sorrow. He is here to give us a completely different lens through which to view our suffering. He is here to lift us up, to encourage, to strengthen us. He is here to fill us anew with hope. He is here to dine with us… and to reveal Himself to us.

Do you notice when the greatest moment of revelation came, in the Emmaus story? It was when they asked Jesus to stay with them. That’s when He served them bread. In the serving of the bread, He opened their eyes. He is the Bread of Life. When we invite Him to come in and spend time with us, that’s when He serves us Himself. That’s when He opens our eyes to truly perceive Him for who He is.

Every day of our lives, we need the Spirit of Jesus to feed us the Bread of Life. Let’s ask Him today to come in and linger. How the Helper longs for this invitation!

“Stunned, they looked at each other and said, “…Didn’t our hearts burn with the flames of holy passion while we walked beside him? He unveiled for us such profound revelation from the Scriptures!” (v. 32).

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Do you relate to this story? Does the Spirit of Jesus come alongside to help you every day? Does He open your understanding of the Scriptures in a way that makes your heart burn? Does He feed you living bread from heaven? Does He reveal Jesus to you?

16 thoughts on “When Jesus Feeds You Himself

  1. Yes, yes and yes. If the trees in our woods were notched by God each time He came alongside me for comfort and understanding, I would need to get more trees. If I notched the trees I’m afraid I would fall very short on recognition….” shocked” would be my response as well.

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  2. Same for me for that story. I was involved in the ministry of the “walk to Emmaus” weekends for women for over 15 years. The whole weekend centered around the women’s eyes being opened to JESUS!

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