The Walk on the Road to Emmaus. How successful was it?
By Andy Neckar
(Luke 24: 13-35)
When the two men got to Emmaus they had Christ come into their home for the evening. It was not on the ROAD to Emmaus that they recognized Him as the Christ, but AFTER they arrived to Emmaus, and in a HOUSE, not on the ROAD.
Their eyes, or understanding was opened and they came to know that this was He that was crucified and arose from the dead.
Those who take the Emmaus Road Walk are confused as to who this Jesus really is. Some take Him to be a mere prophet who was to reform society. Others take Him for the Redeemer who needs a little help from "we the people" to aid in our redemption.
Others take Him for a Savior that preaches WATER BAPTISM for salvation, while others take Him for what He really is and for what He really did, and that is the CHRIST Who SHED HIS BLOOD for our redemption.
Those that take the Emmaus Walk have not the slightest idea of who this Jesus really is. By taking this walk "they label themselves" as a person that is " slow of heart". "They", and "not others", label themselves as being in Spiritual Darkness. Their eyes are not opened to the Truth of the Gospel. You see, the two men's eyes were not opened on the ROAD to Emmaus. Their eyes were not opened until they APPIVED at their HOUSE in Emmaus.
These two men were on a broad, well-traveled road. I'll bet they could even walk three abreast as they related the happenings to the "stranger". They were on the road to Emmaus, a city of the world, but they did not recognize their traveling companion as the One Who is of the "narrow road" to salvation.
Matt 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
The word "strait" is translated from the Greek word "stenos" (sten-os'); meaning "narrow". (Strong's Greek/Hebrew Dictionary) while the word "narrow" is translated from the Greek word "thlibo" (thlee'-bo); meaning "to crowd" in Mark 3:9 and "afflicted" in 2 Cor 1:6; 1 Tim 5:10; and Heb 11:37. It is also translated as "troubled-trouble" in 2 Cor 7:5 and 2 Thess 1:6-7, as well as "suffer tribulation" in 1 Thess 3:4
So--narrow is the gate and troublesome, hard, trying, difficult, laborious, struggling and agonizing is the way, (hodos (hod-os'); journey, road, highway, route.
The two men's "Walk to Emmaus" was in spiritual darkness. Their eyes were not opened to the TRUTH. I guess those that "take the walk" can walk with their eyes closed too, as the road is "broad", euruchoros (yoo-roo'-kho-ros); wide, spacious.
It's easy, to walk a straight, wide and spacious road. Why, they can do it "with their eyes closed". Why, they won't ever see hell until it hits them in the face. They will never see it coming. It's gonna take them by surprise. Poor souls! There're gonna say on "that day", " Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?" (Matt 7:22) Poor souls!
The "Christian Walk" is not so easy a task. We have to remember the description of this walk, or journey. It's not very simple. The Gospel of Christ is simple. It is not difficult to "get saved", but the Christian Walk AFTER salvation is no "piece of cake". Just how much fun it to "take up our cross" and follow Him. (Matt 16:24; Luke 9:23) Did Jesus Christ relish taking up "His Cross"? (Matt 26:39-42)
Walking the Road to Emmaus takes the traveler into disobedience to the Spirit's command to "keep separate" as found in 2 Cor 6:14-17. Satan ain't no fool, folks. He's very subtle. What may appear to some as a "spiritual experience" is in reality a "walk away from the Spirit" and His commands to the children of God.
MAN is a fool, but SATAN sure ain't. THINK ABOUT IT.