(Acts 2:14,22-33; Psalm 15(16); 1 Peter 1:17-21; Luke 24:13-35)
Theme: The Pathways
My brothers and sisters, it is clear to us – as children of God – that there two pathways before us. The first pathway the Prophet Isaiah in 35:8 and the author of Proverb 16:17 referred to it as “the Highway of Holiness/Uprightness” travelled only by those who guard and protect their life. The fools will not stray onto it and the unclean shall not pass over (Isaiah 38:8); why? because as Jesus says in Matthew 7:14 the pathway is narrow, and its gate is small, hence as Proverbs 16:25 to the ungodly and fainthearted that pathway does not seemeth right.
In other words, the second pathway seemeth right to them because it is a highway hence there are “no stop signs, no speed limit; [and] nobody is going slow us down, and nobody is going to mess us around” (AD/DC’s 1979 song, “Highway to Hell”). But that pathway ends in a valley of tears. Unfortunately, that pathway attracts the confused (who seek not Wisdom), the disappointed (who fail to comprehend the Word of God), and the lost (who have made a covenant with death (Isaiah 28:15) and turned away from the city of the new Jerusalem).
Although the two disciples on the road to Emmaus had turned their backs against Jerusalem, they had no covenant with death for they had journey with Christ before his death; witnessed his prophetic character and mighty works, and had hoped to experience His redeeming power. But Jesus’ crucifixion shook their faith because they could not relate His death to our salvation. They lost faith and hope embedded in the Scriptures, and in confusion and disbelief, they gradually strayed onto the pathway of tears. Thus, let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall (1Cor. 10:12).
But Jesus, who promised in John 17:12 that none would be lost, stopped the descent of his disciples into the valley of unbelief, and he listened to them. Psalm 34:15 says the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are inclined to their cry. Yes, although the two disciples had slidden into the valley of unbelief, Jesus retaught them the scripture about the Messiah; he opened their eyes and restored their faith at the breaking of the bread.
Thus, Jesus has not and will not abandon us during this moment of tears. Job 36:7 says His eyes are on us. Jesus has promised that we will not be lost except one who desires to remain in ignorance and unbelief. Psalm 37:24 says, though [we] fall, [we] will not be overwhelmed, for the LORD is holding our hands. Thus, the Lord is holding your hand; he has ended our exile at Emmaus; and He is accompanying us back to the pathway that leads to faith and life. Like Prophet Samuel, let us say, lead me Lord your servant is following. Amen.