Author’s Note: This post concludes our four-part series on our relationship with Jesus. As a reference we have studied how two men responded to Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. We have walked with them as they return from Jerusalem to their home in a small town seven miles away. On the Road to Emmaus Jesus encounters them and changes their lives. Somewhere along this road you have probably seen yourself. Now it’s time to test where you are in your own walk with Jesus. Do you like where you are? How have we responded to Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection? Are you satisfied with where you are? Or do you think there’s room to change how you want to respond to Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection? Will you answer that question in a way that glorifies God when this series concludes today?¹
Walking with a satisfied heart
It is possible that you can live every day, every moment, every hour of your life in fellowship with Jesus.
Are you? Do you have what you want in your relationship with Jesus? You can’t have everything you want in your spouse. How boring would a marriage be if your marriage was perfect? But you can have it all in a relationship with Jesus. A relationship with Him is vibrant and alive. He is real. He can be real to us.
He revealed Himself to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, and later to more than 400 people. He will reveal himself to us. If we will throw everything away except just believing. Not just in Jesus, not just in the resurrection and the risen Lord, but the Living Lord, the One who calls our hearts His home.
What must we do to get there? Nothing! Christ can do it all.
Jesus will reveal Himself to His disciples who . . .
- Give up everything for Him
He told his disciples, “Follow me.” When He first saw Peter and Andrew, remember their response?
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. Matthew 4:19-20.
When did they follow? At once! They were not perfect by a mile. But they gave up everything to follow Jesus. They didn’t go home first to say goodbye to their families. They didn’t pack an overnight bag. They simply abandoned their lives as they knew it, and followed Jesus. They would have died for Him. Some of them did. They loved Him. They obeyed Him. They followed Him. What did Christ do for them in return? Died for them. He gave Himself wholly to them.
If He’s going to do that for us, He needs to know that we’ll be willing to do the same for Him.
Are we? If we are, then He will reveal Himself to us in ways we can not even imagine.
Are you willing to say, “God first”? If you say God is first, that means you must have other priorities. God first, family second, work third, or whatever. That’s not what Jesus means when He says, “Follow Me.” He means follow me like the disciples. Jesus means giving up everything. Leaving everything behind. Making Jesus not just the first priority, but the only priority.
- Pursue Jesus until He reveals Himself
The disciples on the road to Emmaus were not satisfied with just their burning hearts. On their way home Jesus, “acted as if He wanted to go further.” Luke 24:28.
What did they do? They, “urged him strongly, ‘Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.’ So He went in to stay with them.” Luke 24:29. They wouldn’t let Him leave.
If they had let Jesus walk on further, they would have lost something much more valuable that hearing Jesus explain the scriptures to them. They would have missed Jesus revealing Himself to them. Why? Because Jesus would have walked on. They would have gone home. Instead, the two disciples pursued Him and would not let Him go. They compelled Him to come in. It was not until He revealed Himself to them did they realize Jesus was alive. But they pursued Him until He did.
It’s kind of like Jacob when He wrestled with God.
So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” Genesis 32:24-26
“I will not let you go until you bless me.” How eager are you to have Jesus reveal Himself to you as a living Savior who can do everything for you? Are you willing to wrestle with God until Jesus reveals Himself to you? If not, then you either don’t believe Jesus is alive, or you’re willing to live from mountain top experience to mountain top experience. You’re willing to live off burning heart experiences. If you don’t believe Jesus is alive, what will you do? You might be saved, For you that might be enough. But you will live your life without joy. Never knowing your Savior as a living Savior. Never knowing He can do everything for you.
If you’re living from burning heart to burning heart, well, I hope you don’t burn out. Mountain top experiences are nice, but they won’t sustain you. Can you live with injections of temporary joy? Can you live off your feelings?
Or do you want to know the Living Savior. The Christ who will reveal Himself to you, and do everything for you?
Can you make God everything in your life? Can you live like a branch and let the life blood of Jesus flow through the Living Vine and through you?
Do you want to pursue Jesus with your whole heart? Will you wrestle with God, cling to Him with all your might, until He blesses you with His whole life for your whole life?
Your answers to those questions will determine how,and if, Jesus will reveal Himself to you.
¹ Jesus Himself, by Andrew Murray has inspired this post and this series.