Faith: Jesus, the Bible still there to support during the pandemic

From the beginning of the Bible, through its pages and to the last book, the book is all about the Lord Jesus.

From creation’s account in Genesis, where we read those amazing words, “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth,” to Revelation 4:11, where we read, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created,” the glories of Jesus are filling all that’s in between.

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In Luke 24:13-35, we read there were two of the Lord’s own who were walking a short journey from Jerusalem to a village called Emmaus. The distance was about 12 kilometres and they were sad thinking their Lord was dead and all was lost.

It was the first day of the week and some of the believing women had been to the tomb where Jesus was buried. They returned to the disciples, saying they were told by angels at the tomb that Jesus was alive.

Up to this point, these two on their journey had not seen the Lord alive from the dead.

According to the account in Luke, Jesus appeared to them as they walked and were sad. The passage tells us the two were unable to discern who it was who had joined along with them. Jesus asked them what they were talking about and why they were so sad. They explained what hopes they had concerning Jesus, who was mighty in deed and word before God and all the people.

They also told him of his being crucified when all the time they had hoped Jesus would deliver the Israelites from Roman rule. They told him of the women who saw the angels and the message the angels gave them of Jesus being raised.

Then the Lord said to them, “O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?”

We read amazing things in the next verse: “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.”

From Genesis through the prophets, the Lord told them of himself. Genesis to Malachi was all of the scriptures up to that time and it was full of things concerning himself. Psalm 40:7 says, “In the volume of the book it is written of me.” In Hebrews 10:7, we read a quote of Psalm 40:7: “In the volume of the book, it is written of me.”

God has filled his word with the things about his son. It’s all there for us to freely read and be blessed by the reading of its pages. What God has taken thousands of words to tell of, we cannot surely tell of it all in these few words here. We can be encouraged to read this glorious book and be blessed by the things about the son of God.

God tells us of his love for us in our need of salvation from sin and what his son has done for us on the cross. The Bible tells us, “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”

It’s all in this book of books that so many will not read these days.

We are living in difficult times amid the pandemic and God is still there, still loving us in our need and still offering everlasting life through his son: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The two on the way to Emmaus eventually realized it was the Lord who was speaking to them and that is where he left them. They were so thrilled they went back to Jerusalem that same day and rejoiced with the other disciples, saying, “The Lord is risen indeed.”

Their journey back probably went a little faster. It probably took about two hours to get to Emmaus, but only 90 minutes to return to Jerusalem.

The Lord appeared to this little band of believers and said to them, “Peace be unto you.”

John Eggers is an elder in the assembly that meets in Westsyde Gospel Hall in Kamloops. KTW welcomes submissions to its Faith page. Columns should be between 600 and 800 words in length and include a headshot of the author, along with a short bio. Email editor@kamloopsthisweek.com.

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