By Andrew Davis, Senior Pastor
We can also see Christ’s view of the Bible in how he instilled passion about and for the Scripture in the hearts of his disciples, especially after his resurrection. Luke 24 show this more clearly than any other place. On the morning of Christ’s resurrection, two dejected and bewildered disciples were walking on the Road to Emmaus. Suddenly, a stranger came up alongside them and began walking with them. I’ve cut and pasted the account for you here:
“As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him. He asked them, ‘What are you discussing together as you walk along?’
“They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, ‘Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?’ ‘What things?’ he asked. ‘About Jesus of Nazareth,’ they replied. ‘He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.’
“He said to them, ‘How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?’ And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther. But they urged him strongly, ‘Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.’ So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 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?’” (Luke 24:15–32)
In this account, we see Jesus seeking one goal: to minister hope in the resurrection in the hearts of his downcast disciples by means of the Scripture. It is actually even more powerful an incident because they didn’t know it was Jesus. For then it was merely the truth he showed them in the Scriptures that caused their hearts to inflame with faith, joy, love and passion.
Thus, it is that all of us can have hearts “burning within us” while Jesus, by the power of the Spirit, “opens the Scriptures to us.” Jesus desires to kindle that same flame inside your heart and mine today!
So also, later in Luke 24, he has the same goal with his apostles. He appeared to them in the upper room, and gave them many convincing proofs that he was alive. He showed them his wounds, spoke to them, and ate a piece of broiled fish in their presence. But especially he taught them the Scriptures.
“He said to them, ‘This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.’ Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, ‘This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.’” (Luke 24:44–48)
Christ focused on the Scripture as the perfect supplement to the physical evidence of his bodily presence. He had the power to do something in their clouded minds, opening their minds to enable them to understand the Scripture. He wants to do the same thing in your mind and that of each of his children today around the world.
Jesus’ zeal, then, to minister the Scripture to his disciples after his resurrection is great evidence of his perfectly high view of Scripture.
Editor’s note: The previous posts in this series on Christ’s view of the Bible can be found by clicking the following links: (1) What is Christ’s View of the Bible?: An Introduction; (2) Christ Would Rather Die than Disobey Scripture; (3) Christ Taught that He Fulfilled Scripture; (4)Christ Taught the Unbreakable Authority & Permanence of Scripture; (5) Christ Lived Sinlessly Moment by Moment by All Scripture; (6) Christ Staked His Life on the Word of God; (7) Christ Proved His Deity By a Single Word of Scripture; and (8) Christ Proved the Resurrection by a Single Verb Tense in Scripture.