Luke 24:30-31(NIV) 30When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.
1 Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers. Where we are rooted impacts our fruit. When the leaves start falling take note, for the stream always flows and all good things are from the Lord.
John 2:1-5 (New International Version) 1On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there, 2and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no more wine."
4"Dear woman, why do you involve me?" Jesus replied, "My time has not yet come." 5His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." Listen to His mother and you will drink new wine.
Resurrection and being reborn are one-time events which continue in our lives. Out of hardship and joy we arrive at new understanding and new places. We are different because of them. Our journey is reflected in the difference. We move from grace to grace. It is creation accomplished and unfolding.
Hebrews 1:1 (New International Version) 1In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways,
Even today with the revelation of Jesus in the flesh taking place so long ago, we find it true that God continues to speak to us in many and surprising ways. His Spirit is ever present and working in our lives. Our sense of this may vary, but that says more about our spirit than the Holy Spirit. He continues to speak. Our joy is in the listening.
Luke 19:44 (New International Version) 44They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God's coming to you."
Jesus wept for the people as He was about to enter Jerusalem. Though they knew all about Him, they did not recognize Him. They lived in the Holy City, spoke of the Holy One, even called themselves the people of God, and yet...
John 1:48 (New International Version) 48"How do you know me?" Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, "I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you."
He sees us all in our present condition no matter our distance from God. He not only knows us, but knows our need. He loves us despite what He sees. His eyes are upon us, the eyes of mercy and understanding.
One might say they are Methodist, Baptist, Catholic, or whatever, because they go to a certain church, and that would be true. Being a Christian has more to do with being where Christ is, where the Holy Spirit dwells, and that is true. Many take Him with them even as they follow Him.
John 14:19 (New International Version) 19Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.
Through the eyes of the Spirit, His presence in the heart, we witness the Son of God. He left behind the body of death and assumed the body of life. He freed His Spirit and abides in the heart of the believer. We can experience Him on an intimate level. We are unable to place our hands on His arm as the apostles once did, but the same indwelling of the Spirit that possessed them is available to us. Because He lives, we also will live.
John 1:29 (New King James Version) 29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
The Old Testament gives meaning to John's declaration. God's revelation through His chosen people brought sin into sharp focus, and the resulting distance from our loving God. That same Holy and Loving God provided the way of salvation through His own Son.
He reaches across the distance using the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. We know what is meant by "The Lamb of God". We come to understand justice and righteousness in the commands of the law. The time was right for grace and truth. Behold!
A story changes with the audience. What it can understand and accept can often affect how the facts are presented, without changing the facts themselves. What is understood depends on the context, content, and frame of reference of the one who receives.
11Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, "The righteous will live by faith." This does not take away from the law. Jesus fulfilled the law and said that not one stroke of it would disappear. Only faith in the Son of God will meet the demands of that law, which is righteousness. Those who choose not to place their faith in Him remain subject to the law. It is the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Isaiah 25:6-9 (NIV) 6 On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine-- the best of meats and the finest of wines. 7 On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; 8 he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth. The LORD has spoken. 9 In that day they will say, "Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation."
The mountain of the Lord
His Son, Jesus
Spreads a feast before all peoples
For those who come to the table
Life is brought forth
Death has been defeated
No longer are we shrouded in clothing of the grave, but in the garment of His righteousness
How great is His salvation, our trust is in His mighty arm
31but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.
"Come now; let us leave. He has shown us the way and calls us to follow; rise and leave. Love the Father.
34"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. He speaks of love understood in a new way, in the light of His revelation. The boundaries of love as we knew it have dissolved. The limitless breadth and depth of God's love are to flow through us, then to others.
Hebrews 10:19-21 NIV 19Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God,22let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. The temple and its operation prepared us for the understanding of holy, and that we are not. Only then would we be ready for the coming of Christ.
7Jesus replied, "You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand."
8"No," said Peter, "you shall never wash my feet."
Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no part with me."
9"Then, Lord," Simon Peter replied, "not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!"
10Jesus answered, "A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you." 11For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.
Jesus had touched and washed Judas' feet, but He was not able to touch his heart. Judas would not receive the cleansing bath of God's mercy and grace the others had received. It was offered, but refused.
One can be completely clean in the eyes of the Lord, yet still have dirty feet, for now we are still in the flesh and the world.
In a hologram, somehow a partial image is still able to display a whole image if the right light is applied. An incomplete, two-dimensional representation somehow is able to communicate a complete, multidimensional message. The key is the light.
So it is with Scripture. The key is the Holy Spirit, the One Who is the light of the world.