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Thursday, January 8, 2015

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What a glorious chapter!  After the darkness, light; after sorrow, joy; after death, life! 
How could our hearts not “burn within us” as we prayerfully read these words?  The question was, and is:  Where is Jesus?  The women couldn’t find Him.  The disciples hadn’t seen Him, angels testified: “He is not here” (verse 6).

Yet the living Jesus walks beside two humble disciples on the road to Emmaus.  As they listen to His words, their hearts burn within them. Not willing to let their new Friend travel on, they urge Him to tarry with them and recognize Him as He brakes the bread for the evening meal. Electrified by His presence they rush from the supper table back to Jerusalem carrying the greatest news of all time, “Christ is risen!  We have seen Him!”

Twenty-three years ago an intense desire welled up in my heart.  “Jesus,” I prayed, “I want to know You.  Please help me find You.” Then began my search.  At the time I had two children and worked from 8 am to 5:30 pm Monday - Friday.  So I got up at 3:30 am and spent time alone with God till 6:30am.  First I’d pray, opening my whole heart to God.  Then I read my Bible, first the Psalms, next the gospels, then the entire Bible. Within its pages I found the living Jesus and realized He’d been right beside me all along.

My whole life changed.  Jesus became everything to me and I cried, “For me to live is Christ!” (Philippians 1:21). To know Jesus is to love and trust Him.  In Him there is no disappointment. We can experience so much more of Jesus’ presence than we do. 

He lives!  Do we believe that?  Is God’s Word “idle tales” to us, or does it cause our hearts to burn within us? (verses 11, 32).  If we truly seek Him, He will be found of us (Jeremiah 29:13,14).  The choice is ours.

Lynn Carpenter
Missionary Nurse (retired)