But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: 27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning. John 15:26-27
It is important that we, as believers, get to know Jesus. John the Baptist recognized Him the minute He saw Jesus. “Behold the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world”. He received the confirmation when the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit came and rested on Jesus. John heard the voice of God confirming Jesus to be “my beloved Son”. Still John later sent to ask if Jesus was the One to come.
Jesus came among His own as their Messiah, but they received Him as one of the prophets. Many could not see Him for who He was because their pride and superstitions kept them from seeing Him. On more than one occasions, His disciples thought He was a ghost.
Still, it was the views of the followers on the road to Emmaus, which were telling- Luke 24:13-35. They were not members of Jesus’ twelve disciples, yet they were the third group, after the women, to see Jesus after His resurrection. The Good Shephard went after the lost sheep.
In Luke 24:19 NET these followers referred to Jesus as a man who “proved to be a prophet”. In verse 21, they said they had hoped that He was the one who would redeem Israel. It was obvious they no longer held these views. They knew what they saw that fateful Friday. They saw Him, disgraced, nailed to a tree. They saw Israel’s Hope die. How could they believe His words that He would rise again? Yet His body was missing, and the disciples had not taken it. What were they to make of this?
Possibly, they may not have heard when Jesus said in Luke 17:25 that the Son of Man should suffer and be rejected before He was glorified.
In the midst of their despair, Jesus turned up, and their hearts burned within them as they walked and talked with Him on the road to Emmaus. By the end of this journey with Him, their hearts knew Him even before they were able to recognize Jesus physically
Today, Jesus does not walk with us physically, but we have the Holy Spirit who is our Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) who came to help us to get to know Him as we travel along our Emmaus Road. The Holy Spirit testifies of Jesus, speaking what the Father tells Him as it pertains to the Son. He helps us to see and know Jesus. May the intensity of our experience with Him cause our hearts to burn within us as it did for the disciples on the road to Emmaus. Amen