**Read Part 1 of ‘The Encounter’ from last week and discover the first lesson from the encounter on the road to Emmaus
Luke 24: 30-32 – “When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
When Cleopas and his friend began their journey, they were leaving Jerusalem in confusion and sadness over Jesus’ crucifixion. Cleopas did not know it was Jesus who they met on the road but the moment he realised it was His Saviour, Cleopas and his companion returned to Jerusalem to proclaim the good news of Jesus’ resurrection.
Cleopas’ identity changed from being a man who was walking away from his past behind, feeling hopeless to becoming a man filled with hope to proclaim the Good News of Jesus. Even though the two men did not know it was Jesus talking to them on the road, their hearts were stirred and burning and they became hungry for more of His Presence. That’s why they begged him to stay!
There are two more lessons we can learn from Cleopas’ encounter with Jesus:
- An encounter with God will always give us a revelation of who He is.
When we feed the hunger for His presence and spend more time with Him, our eyes will be opened and we will recognize who He is in our lives.
To receive that revelation of who God is, we must first press in to have more of His presence!
We must set aside time so we can have more of Him. We must fellowship and break bread with Him and give thanks. When we sit with Him in communion, we will see God with opened eyes and position ourselves to receive a revelation from Him.
- An encounter with God will cause you to get up and share the Good News about Him
The moment Cleopas and his friend realised that it was Jesus whom they encountered on the road to Emmaus and it was Jesus whom they broke bread with, they did not waste another minute.
Their hearts were burning with the revelation that Jesus has indeed risen and is alive. They got up and immediately returned to Jerusalem – full of hope and fire in their hearts. They could not wait to return to the other disciples and share the good news.
An encounter with God will change and fill you with a fire that will burn your hearts. It will literally cause you to jump up to your feet and tell others about the God of Love in your life.
God gives us an encounter with Him not only to transform us BUT to also transform others through us! When you have a personal encounter with God, you cannot keep silent. It will cause you to speak and share the gospel with others. Your heart will be burning with love and joy that you want others to also experience.
John 1:1 tells us that: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
And in Luke 8:11, we are told that “The seed is the word of God.”
Your one encounter with God will cause you to help others encounter Him because when God, who is THE Word is planted within you, you too will begin to plant that seed into the lives of others.
Your encounter with God will not end with you alone. Your one encounter with God will become a seed that takes root within you so that it can be planted into the lives of others.