How Are Your Ears?

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Is your faith in Jesus strengthened by hearing the Word of God? Or are you still waiting for Him to show you His scars?

Read Luke 24:13-32

There is a story told of life before refrigerators, when people used ice houses to preserve their food. Ice houses had thick walls, no windows, and a tightly fitted door.  In winter, when streams and lakes were frozen, large blocks of ice were cut, hauled to the ice houses, and covered with sawdust.  Often, the ice would last well into the summer.

One day, while working in the ice house, a man lost a valuable watch.  He searched diligently for it, carefully raking through the sawdust. But he couldn’t find it.  He gathered his friends, and they too combed every inch of the place but came up empty-handed. 

There was a small boy who heard the commotion and decided to help.  He slipped into the ice house while everyone was having lunch and soon emerged with the watch.  Amazed, the men asked him how he found it.  He looked at them and said, "I closed the door, lay down in the sawdust, and kept very still.  Soon I heard the watch ticking." 

The little boy was the only one who slowed down long enough to listen.  And so it is with God. Often the question is not whether God is speaking, but whether we are being quiet enough to hear.

In today's passage, we find ourselves in the middle of the day on Sunday, with rumors of Jesus' resurrection spreading among His followers. Verse 13 tells of two of these followers walking just outside of Jerusalem, on the road leading to Emmaus.  They were discussing the tragic turn of events over the last few days. They still seemed in shock that the One they’d considered Messiah had been crucified and actually died.  And this is how Jesus found them when He joined them on the road. 

The Bible says that they were supernaturally kept from recognizing Him.  I wonder why that was.  Maybe because Jesus wanted to hear from their own lips where they stood on His rumored resurrection. And it was their lips that revealed that they didn’t believe a word.  Starting in verse 25, let's hear the response of Jesus:

Then Jesus said to them, "You are such foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures." ... Then Jesus quoted passages from the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining what all the Scriptures said about Himself. Luke 24:25, 27

Notice that when Jesus found His followers filled with fear and doubting, He pointed them to the Scriptures.  This is curious because at that moment, Jesus could've easily settled their doubting minds once and for all by just showing them His Hands.  His nail scars would've decisively proven His miraculous resurrection.  But Jesus wasn't addressing them on the physical level. No. Jesus was igniting their spirits by pointing them to the Word of God. Through the prophets over the centuries, God had spoken of all that Jesus would endure. If they had truly been listening, they would've known.

How are your ears?  Is your faith in Jesus strengthened by hearing the Word of God? Or are you still waiting for Him to show you His scars?  Let me encourage you to dig into your Bible.  Discover for yourself the intimacy of love and grace your Heavenly Father has offered.  Listen as He draws you into His eternal plan.

You should hear what you’re missing.

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