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Editorial, Koshy Zachariah

THE COMPASSION OF THE RISEN LORD

 

We have a wonderful risen Lord, who is touched with the feeling of our infirmities. (Heb 4:15). There is power in His presence. He helps us to solve our difficulties; He removes our perplexities; He calms our fears, sooths our sorrows, heals our wounds and drives away our fears; sure He eases our burdens, meets our every need and satisfies every genuine desires of our hearts. Peter in his epistle says “cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you “. That is the solid message we get in Luke 24. The two disciples who traveled to Emmaus were sad; that is what the Lord said in verse 17. The disciples were bewildered; all hope seemed gone. Their minds were full of surrounding circumstances and naturally their fondly cherished expectations were shattered, rather blasted.

The Lord’s saying “what kind of communication is this that you have one with another as you walk?” It is a question eminently calculated to recall them to their senses. Instead of resting in the eternal and immutable truth of God about which Scripture was clear and plain, they allowed their minds to get thoroughly down under the influence of outward circumstances. Does it not happen sometimes to us that we get down under the power of things seen and temporal, instead of living by faith in the light of things unseen and eternal? Do not we sometimes sink and cower despite the fact that we know and believe in a risen Saviour, that we are dead and risen with Him?

But the Lord is gracious and compassionate to these two disciples. The Lord said to them “O, foolish ones and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and enter into His glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself “ .Even the Lords detailed exposition did not open their hearts. Only they realized the truth that the Lord was speaking to them ,when He blessed and broke the bread at the table .Once the Lord vanished out of their sight, they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road and while He opened the Scriptures to us?”. C H Mackintosh writes, “Yes, here lay the deep and precious secret: He talked with us- and He opened to us the Scriptures?! What seraphic moments! What high communion! what loving ministry! A risen Saviour rallying their hearts by His marvellous words and mighty exposition of the Scriptures.”

What was the marvelous effect? They without loss of time returned to Jerusalem to seek their brethren. They had but little business at Emmaus. Their place was in the company of fellow brethren to rejoice with them .All their sadness disappeared; they were comforted. The Lord spoke to them in person and that was more than anything.

When they returned to Jerusalem, they found the eleven gathered together and them that were with them, rejoicing that the Lord is risen indeed and has appeared to Simon in person. And the two disciples who returned from Emmaus, told what things were done in the way and how He was known of them, in breaking of bread. As they were speaking, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them. As they were troubled He revealed Himself through His wounded hands and feet and eating a broiled fish and honeycomb which they gave Him at His asking “have you any food here? “What tender concern and love! What great condescension to their weakness and need! What entrance into all their feelings!

That is our Lord. Our response should be as CHM expresses” Gracious Saviour, who would not love you? Who would not trust You? May the whole heart be absorbed with You! May the whole heart be cordially devoted to Your blessed service? May Your cause command all our energies... May the eternal Spirit work in us for the accomplishments of these grand and longed for objects!

 

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