Jesus memorized key Bible verses

Jesus walks with two disciples on the road to Emmaus. He awakens their faith with a sermon where he quotes from the Bible.

 


 

1. THE NARRATIVE

 

Early on Easter morning, some women went to the tomb of Jesus. But the stone had been rolled away, and his body was gone. Two angels appeared and told them Jesus had risen from the dead.

They rushed back to tell the apostles. But the apostles did not believe them.

Meanwhile, two of Christ’s followers were walking the seven-mile trip from Jerusalem to Emmaus. Jesus appeared and joined them. They were kept from recognizing him. Sadness was apparent on their faces.

Jesus asked what they were discussing. They were talking about Jesus of Nazareth. They had hoped he would deliver them from the evil Roman Empire. But instead, he was crucified. Later some of his followers said he had risen from the dead.

Jesus chided them for not believing the predictions about the Messiah in the Bible. Then,

Luke 24:27. Beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, he explained to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

That must have been quite a sermon!

Jesus walked them through the Old Testament, touching on the passages that predicted the life and death and resurrection of the Messiah. The Messiah was never meant to be a political figure or a revolutionary. Jesus showed them, from the Bible, that the Messiah had to suffer and die, and then rise.

 

2. ANALYSIS

 

Let’s take this scene apart and see what’s going on.

 

1. It starts with two men walking toward Emmaus. They are spiritual friends.  They were accustomed to lengthy spiritual conversations. And at this moment, they are discussing Jesus Christ.

Do you have a friend with whom you can have lengthy spiritual conversations? The matters of the spiritual life are often challenging to disentangle, and doing that with a close spiritual friend usually makes for much better progress.

 

2. These two men were walking. They were in-motion. They didn’t have all the spiritual answers yet, and they didn’t even know where they were headed, spiritually. But they were moving.

We pray you can be moving in your spiritual life. That is, not stuck. Not doing nothing. You’re asking and seeking and knocking. You’re trying things out. Like a scientist of the spiritual realm, you’re forming spiritual theories and performing experiments.

 

3. These two men were discussing Jesus Christ. It was in the midst of their lengthy spiritual conversation, in the midst of their going forward, that Jesus Christ manifested to them.

It’s usually when we’re acting on what we already know that God shows us more. Insights from God are often sequential. They come to us in small batches, one after another after another. If you decline one, you might not be ready to receive the next one.

 

4. These two men walking toward Emmaus: how did Jesus reveal to them what they needed? It wasn’t by a dazzling miracle. It wasn’t by a mystical experience. Rather, Jesus taught them from the Bible. Jesus himself took them to the Bible. He preached to them from the entire Bible, from memory.

We pray you’re growing in your love for the Bible. We pray that you read the Bible. We pray that you memorize it. We pray that you put it into practice.

The Bible is where Jesus took these early followers. And it’s where he’s likely to take us as well. Why not check into our Scripture Memory Project?

 

CONCLUSION

 

If you’d like to grow in your spiritual life, if you’d like to know Christ more, if you’d like to grow as a Christian: it’s likely that God will lead you back to the Bible.

Why not check into our Scripture Memory Project?

Luke 24:27. Beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, he explained to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

 


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Unless otherwise noted, all Bible quotations on this page are from the World English Bible and the World Messianic Edition. These translations have no copyright restrictions. They are in the Public Domain.


 

Author: Todd Van Natta

I was given a great gift. It is to be passionate about Jesus Christ and the Bible and the spiritual life. I am a Christian believer. I believe in Jesus Christ. I’m in love with Jesus! I believe the Bible. I love the Bible. For decades, I've been reading it cover-to-cover, again and again and again. I’ve memorized a whole lot of Bible verses. Most of all, I want the Bible to help us fall more deeply in love with God the Father, with Jesus Christ, with other people, and with ourselves. And I've been reading the great writings from the entire Christian heritage for decades. At Explore the Faith, I share what I have discovered.

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