I have been preaching for 40 years. I thought I might start blogging about some passages of scripture once a week. These are in random order and based on thoughts over the years.
There are some passages that will NOT be included. For instance, the favorite passage of follically impaired men from II Kings 2: 23-24. The prophet Elisha is the subject of ridicule for being bald. He calls down a curse on the children who mock him and she-bears come out of the woods and kill the children. I will not be writing on this uplifting passage since I have no idea what it’s supposed to teach us.
Complete understanding is not required to appreciate some Bible stories. I start with a post-resurrection story from Luke 24: 13-35. Two followers of Jesus are walking back to their homes in Emmaus. They have been in Jerusalem and witnessed the crucifixion of the one they thought was the Messiah. They were heart broken.
Then another traveler joins them on their journey. They do not realize that it is the risen Christ. He explains scriptures to them and tells them about the meaning of the cross and the empty tomb. They still don’t recognize him until they invite him to stay for dinner. There he blesses and breaks bread and their eyes are opened.
Two wonderful things are in this story. The first is the reality of his resurrection. The story of salvation could not end with the crucifixion. Jesus the Christ was more powerful than death. I don’t totally understand Easter. But I love it and embrace it just the same. I love the fact that Easter had not been overrun by the holiday machine like Christmas. It is a celebration of the soul and not just the mind.
The second wonderful thing in this story is communion; the Eucharist; the Lord’s Supper; the breaking of the bread. Bible study meant nothing to these seekers until he broke the bread in their presence. It was in the sacred connection of the sacrament that they were able to see the truth.
I think that is true for us as well. If we truly believe in the sovereignty of God then we realize that our salvation is not based on our understanding it. Truth is not just a matter of the mind. An elder once told me that he thought that children should not be allowed to take communion until they understood it. I replied that if we did that, I could not take communion either. I love this sacred touch point with God that is beyond human understanding. A baby does not have to understand how the mother produces milk in order to be fed by it.
Once the risen Christ becomes real to us in his broken body and shed blood then we are able to truly see him and we can begin to understand what discipleship is all about.