...And He went in to stay with them. And it came about that when
He had reclined at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed
it, and breaking it, He began giving it to them. And their eyes were opened
and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight. And they said
to one another, Were not our hearts burning within us while He was
speaking to us... Luke 24:13-32
Shortly after Jesus was murdered, two of His disciples were walking down
the road to the village of Emmaus. They were talking about Him, no doubt
comparing notes on all that had happened leading up to His crucifixion.
So intent were they on their conversation about Jesus that they did not
recognize Him as He approached and began walking with them. Maybe they
were talking about some of the prophecies that Jesus seemed to fulfill.
Or maybe they were talking about some of the healings that He had performed.
Maybe they were recounting Peter's story of walking on the water. They
could even have been talking of the need for prayer, remembering how Jesus
would sneak away to be alone with His Father. What we do know is that
they were so intent on their conversation about Jesus that they did not
recognize Him as He walked with them.
So many today find themselves in that same predicament: walking parallel
to Jesus and yet not recognizing Him. Knowing much about what He did and
said, but not knowing Him with their hearts. Parallel Christianity.
If the story ended there it would be a sad story. However, as we read
on in the Gospel of Luke we find that an awesome thing happens. As the
disciples have communion with Jesus they recognize Him! That very thing
is still the same today. As we reach out with our hearts to Jesus and
commune with Him, He opens the eyes of our hearts and we see! What is
it that we see? We see Jesus! He is alive. He is for us, not against us.
He loves us. We can sense His Presence, His love reaching toward us. This
happens as we reach to Him.
Parallel Christianity is a religious experience that enables one to know
all about Jesus.
True Christianity knits our hearts to the Christ who has returned to dwell,
not in a manger, but in the hearts of men and women.
Come Lord Jesus!